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Department of Geography & Environmental Management

Bachelor of Environmental Studies

Geography and Environmental Management Three-Year General
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‡ ENGL 109 or ENGL 129R must be completed with a grade of 65% or higher. Please see the English Language Proficiency Requirement section for the Faculty of Environment if you fail to meet this requirement. 

Year One

GEOG 100 On Becoming a Geographer
GEOG 101 Geography and Human Habitat
GEOG 102 Geography and Our Planetary Environment 
GEOG 181 Principles of GIScience 

One of:
ENGL 109 Introduction to Academic Writing
ENGL 129R Written Academic English

Five Electives (2.5 units)

Year Two

GEOG or ENVS labelled courses (1.0 unit)

Earth Systems Science theme, one of:
GEOG 201 Fluvial Geomorphology 
GEOG 209 Hydroclimatology

Geomatics theme, one of:
GEOG 271 Earth from Space Using Remote Sensing 
GEOG 281 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Development and Environment theme, one of:
GEOG 202 Geography of the Global Economy 
GEOG 203 Environment and Development in a Global Perspective

Five Electives (2.5 units)

Year Three

200- level or higher GEOG or ENVS labelled courses (1.0 unit)

Climate Change theme, one of:
GEOG 306 Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards
GEOG 309 Physical Climatology
GEOG 356 Resources Management

Seven Electives (3.5 units)


  1. Minimum Required Units
    Total: 15.0 units. Geography: 6.0 units. All Environmental Studies (ENVS) courses are included in the cumulative major average (see note 3) but only 2.0 units may be counted in meeting the minimum required courses in Geography and Environmental Management.
  2. Course Load
    No more than 2.5 units may be taken in a term without the approval of the Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies). Normally, approval for a sixth 0.5 unit will be considered only if the cumulative Geography and Environmental Management average is 78% or higher.
  3. Average Requirements
    Students must maintain an overall cumulative average of 60% and a Major cumulative average of 65%. All required courses must be passed.
  4. Restriction on number of First-Year Courses
    For a three-year General degree, a student must have at least 8.5 units at or above the 200-level.
  5. Other Comments
    See notes 4 and 5 on Geography and Environmental Management Honours academic plan.


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