Undergraduate Programs

All degrees in Geography provide the opportunity for course work in both the physical and the social sciences, although the emphasis varies considerably among the programs. All programs provide students with a well-rounded academic background for a variety of careers, and options for graduate and professional study. Click on the tabs below for more information.

Michelle Maillet, the Undergraduate Advisor, can help plan your undergraduate degree. Come by her office in Burnside Hall room 323 during drop-in hours, or send her an email at advisor.geog [at] mcgill.ca. Her regular advising drop-in hours are Mondays from 1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm to 4pm, as well as Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm. For more information on the role of the advisor, and on additional resources in the University, please see the PDF icon Geography_Undergraduate_Advising_Guide

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

The department offers Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), and interfaculty Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degrees.

There are two BA programs (Geography; and Urban Studies); two BSc programs (Geography; and Liberal Studies); and two BASc programs (Geography; and Sustainability, Science, and Society). Minors are available in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing in addition to most BA and BSc programs.

Honours and Joint-Honours are available in the two BA programs and Honours is available for the BSc Geography program.

 

BA Geography (Arts)

BA: Geography Major

Geography offers students in the Faculty of Arts a program focusing on the interactions among people, places, and the environment. For the major, required courses include GEOG 210, two techniques classes, two field classes, and one introductory level physical geography course. The remaining classes can be drawn from the suite of courses offered by the department, typically (but not necessarily) emphasizing human geography.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Geography

 

BA: Geography Honours

The Honours option requires students to take additional coursework and to write a six-credit research-based thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. It provides excellent preparation for graduate study or for any student who wants to explore a particular area in greater depth. See the Honours webpage for more information.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Geography

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Geography

 

BA: Geography Minor

The BA minor concentration in Geography requires four classes drawn from a list of the department’s introductory-level offerings, and three 300 or 400 level courses.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Geography

 

BA: Minor in Geographic Information Systems

The minor in GIS offers students the opportunity to develop technical and analytic skills in geospatial analysis. The program requires five courses in this area, and an additional approved class from Geography, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Computer Science, or Urban Planning.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration GIS & Remote Sensing

 

BA: Minor in Health Geography

The B.A. Minor Concentration in Health Geography introduces students to both local and global health issues and provides a skill set in spatial and statistical analyses of diverse health outcomes in populations. The program requires four courses in this area, and additional classes in Environment, Public Health, and/or Sociology.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Health Geography

BA Urban Studies (Arts)

BA: Urban Studies Major

Urban Studies is a highly interdisciplinary program that introduces students in the Faculty of Arts to the study of urban dynamics and the challenges facing contemporary cities around the world. The major requires GEOG 217 and 494, and three techniques classes, with the remaining credits drawn from a array of courses in Geography, the Faculty of Arts, Architecture, and Urban Planning. Urban Studies prepares students for a variety of urban-related careers as well as for graduate study in disciplines and professional programs such as urban planning, architecture, and urban geography.

Geography faculty who teach courses in Urban Studies

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Geography (Urban Systems)

BA: Urban Studies Honours

The Honours option requires students to take additional coursework and to write a six-credit research-based thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. It provides excellent preparation for graduate study or for any student who wants to explore a particular area in greater depth. See the Honours webpage for more information.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Urban Systems

BA: Urban Studies Minor

The Urban Studies minor requires three or four classes from an approved list (“Group A”) in Geography, plus two or three courses drawn from a list of other offerings (“Group B”) in Geography, the Faculty of Arts, Architecture, Urban Planning, and Civil Engineering.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Geography (Urban Systems)

BA: Minor in Geographic Information Systems

The minor in GIS offers students the opportunity to develop technical and analytic skills in geospatial analysis. The program requires five courses in this area, and an additional approved class from Geography, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Computer Science, or Urban Planning.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration GIS & Remote Sensing

 

BSc Geography (Science)

BSc: Geography

The BSc in Geography is for students in the Faculty of Science interested in the interaction of physical, chemical, and biological processes in and near the earth’s surface. Required classes include GEOG 203, 216, 217, 272, and 302, four techniques courses, and two field courses. The remaining credits come from approved courses in Geography, elsewhere in the Faculty of Science, and/or in the Faculty of Engineering. At least three courses must be taken outside Geography.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Geography

BSc: Geography Honours

The Honours option requires students to take additional coursework and to write a six-credit research-based thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. It provides excellent preparation for graduate study or for any student who wants to explore a particular area in greater depth. See the Honours webpage for more information.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Geography

BSc: Liberal Program

The BSc Liberal Program with geography as its core science component is similar to the BSc Geography major, but provides students with more flexibility to take courses outside the major.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Liberal Program - Core Science Component Geography

BSc: Geography minor

The BSc minor concentration in Geography requires three classes drawn from a list of the department’s introductory-level offerings and three courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Geography

BSc: Minor in GIS and Remote Sensing

The minor in GIS and Remote Sensing offers students the opportunity to develop technical and analytic skills in geospatial analysis. The program requires four courses in this area, and two additional approved classes from Geography, Anthropology, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Computer Science, Earth System Science, or Urban Planning.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

BASc (Interfaculty)

BASc: Geography

The BASc is an Interfaculty program that requires students to take programs in both the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The major and minor BA programs in Geography can serve as the Arts component of the BASc. The “Major Concentration Geography - Physical Geography” comprises a set of courses that can serve as the Science component of the program. The minor in Geography and the minor in GIS and Remote Sensing can serve as the Science programs as well.

The Major Concentration Geography - Physical Geography requires GEOG 203 and 272, four techniques classes, and one field course. Three to five additional classes must be taken in 300- and 400-level physical geography.

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) - Major Concentration Geography - Physical Geography

BASc Sustainability

BASc: Sustainability, Science, and Society

Sustainability, Science, and Society (SSS) is an Interfaculty program between Arts and Science, offered by Geography and the McGill School of Environment.  It provides inter-disciplinary and integrative skills focused on three major themes: Science and Technology; Economics, Policy, and Governance; and Ethics, Equity, and Justice. Required classes include ENVR 201, GEOG 360, GEOG 460, and three techniques/analysis courses. The remaining credits may be taken from a wide selection of classes in the Faculties of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, Engineering, and Science.

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) - Interfaculty Program in Sustainability, Science and Society

BASc: Sustainability, Science, and Society Honours

The Honours option requires students to take additional coursework and to write a six-credit research-based thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. It provides excellent preparation for graduate study or for any student who wants to explore a particular area in greater depth. See the SSS website for more information on the Honours program.

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) - Honours in Sustainability, Science and Society