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Department of Geography & Environmental Management

Bachelor of Environmental Studies

Joint Honours Geography & Environmental Management
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Many Honours plans may be combined within and between Faculties. However, before embarking on a Joint Honours plan, it is highly recommended that students consult with the Undergraduate Officer of both programs. Students must meet the requirements of both plans as stated in the Calendar and should be aware that combining some Honours plans may require more than the normal number of academic terms to complete.

Students in the Joint Honours Plan must complete 7.0 units (fourteen courses) in Geography (GEOG) and Environmental Studies (ENVS) (maximum of 2.0 ENVS units), including the following required courses:


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
ENVS 178 Introduction to Environmental Research Methods
ENVS 278 Advanced Environmental Research Methods

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

Three courses (1.5 units) see notes below

Year Two

One of:
GEOG 293 Professional and Scholarly Practice in Geography
GEOG 294 Approaches to Research in Physical Geography

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 

Six courses (3.0 units) see notes below

Year Three

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

Nine courses (4.5 units) see notes below

Year Four

One of:
GEOG 490A/GEOG 490B Honours Thesis (1.5 units) and one other 400-level GEOG course (0.5 unit) 
2.0 units 400-level GEOG courses.

Six courses (3.0 units) see notes below

Note: Courses in the home department equivalent to ENVS 178, ENVS 278 and GEOG 293 or GEOG 294 and GEOG 490A, GEOG 490B are accepted. If scheduling difficulties arise in meeting required courses, contact the Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) in Geography for possible substitute courses. 


  1. Admission to Joint Honours Academic Plans
    Admission to a Joint Honours Plan will occur no earlier than Year Two.
  2. Minimum Required Courses
    Only two units designated Environmental Studies (ENVS) may be counted in the Joint Honours Academic Plan. The total number of units required is 20.
  3. Average Requirements
    Geography and Environmental Management students taking Joint Honours with another department must achieve Honours standing as required by the Geography and Environmental Management Department (65% overall, 70% in Geography and Environmental Studies courses). The average required in the second major is the minimum Honours standing set by that department. Students in other departments taking Joint Honours with Geography and Environmental Management must achieve a cumulative average of 70% in Geography (GEOG) and Environmental Studies (ENVS) courses.


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