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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.29 Geography
4.29 Geography
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Degrees in Geography:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Urban Studies

BA Honours in Geography

BA in Geography with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Geography with Co-operative Education

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography

BSc Honours in Geography

BSc in Geography with Co-operative Education

BSc Honours in Geography with Co-operative Education

BA in Urban Studies with Co-operative Education

Concurrent BA in Geography and Bachelor of Education

Concurrent BSc in Geography and Bachelor of Education

Degrees in Earth Science

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Earth Science

BSc in Earth Science with Co-operative Education

BSc Honours in Earth Science

BSc Honours in Earth Science with Co-operative Education

Related Interdisciplinary Degrees (See separate listings):

BSc and Honours BSc in Environmental Science (Faculty of Science)

Note: Minors are offered in Geography, Earth Science and Urban Studies.


The Department offers programs in Geography, Earth Science and Urban Studies. The Department of Geography also participates in the Environmental Science program, which is housed in the Faculty of Science.

Geography students wishing to emphasize the social sciences and humanities in their programs should register in the BA degree; those who wish to emphasize the biological and natural sciences should register in the BSc degree. The Honours BA and BSc programs provide enhanced:

  • Understanding of Geography
  • Competencies in field work techniques, research methods, and presentation skills
  • Preparation for entry to advanced degree programs.

The Earth Science program is a single, four-year interdisciplinary program offered by the Faculty of Arts with collaboration from the Faculty of Science. The Department of Geography and the Department of Geoscience are the principal participants in the program in the respective faculties. Since this is a restricted-entry program, students should contact the Earth Science Advisor as early as possible for proper advice regarding the program.

Students completing a BSc or BSc Honours in Earth Science will be eligible for consideration for admission to the graduate program in Geography at the University of Calgary and will be eligible for consideration for admission to the graduate program in the Department of Geoscience. Especially in the latter case, additional course work is likely to be required.

The Urban Studies program provides a strong background for students interested in working in public and private sector fields including urban and regional planning, architecture, environmental design, economic development, city administration, social services and policy, cultural programming, urban politics, and education.

APEGA Regulations

The practice of geology and geophysics in Alberta is governed by Provincial law and regulated by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). The Earth Science program is not designed to meet those requirements. Persons intending to pursue geology or geophysics as a profession should obtain a BSc or BSc Honours in Geology or Geophysics.

Contact Information

Department Office: Earth Sciences 356

Phone: 403.220.5584

Fax: 403.282.6561


Urban Studies Co-ordinator:


For Program Advice

Students should consult a program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements.

For more specific advice regarding course selection and requirements in the major field, students should consult the subject advisor located in their home Department (consult Department website for contact information).

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA or BSc (Geography) Program, the BSc (Earth Science) Program or the BA (Urban Studies) Program must meet the criteria listed in section A.2 Undergraduate Admission of this Calendar.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to the BA or BSc Honours (Geography) or the BSc Honours (Earth Science) are established in section 3.4.2 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework. The application deadline is February 1.

Overlapping Programs

Programs in Geography cannot be taken in conjunction with programs in: Earth Science; Environmental Science or Urban Studies. This restriction applies to Major-plus-Minor combinations, Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees.

Field of Earth Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Field of Earth Science consists of the following courses:

Course Enrolment Limitations

Geology 313, 323, 333, 343, 353, 381, 401, 441, 493, Geophysics 351, 355 and 565 are limited enrolment courses. Earth Science Majors will have priority registration in Geology 313, 343, 353, 381 and Geophysics 351 and 355.

Field of Geography

The Field of Geography consists of all courses labelled Geography (GEOG). Geography courses are subdivided as follows:

Human Geography (List A): Geography 251, 253321, 341, 351, 361, 365, 367, 371, 377, 381, 397, 421, 425, 429, 451, 463, 465, 470, 479, 517, 521, 529, 553, 555, 561, 565, 597; Anthropology/Archaeology 523.

Physical Geography (List B): Geography 211, 231, 305, 307, 313, 315, 333, 357, 403, 407, 411, 413, 415, 417, 433, 457, 503, 507, 509, 516, 517, 519, 522, 531, 533, 537, 567, 599.

Other Geography Courses (List C): Geography 205, 213, 311, 317, 339, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 437, 439, 591, 593.

Field of Urban Studies

The Interdisciplinary Field of Urban Studies consists of the following categories and courses:

1. Core Courses

Urban Studies 253 and 591, Geography 341, 351 and 451.

Anthropology 379, Canadian Studies 355, Economics 365, Geography 521, 553, 565, History 354, Political Science 425, Sociology 353, Urban Studies 311.

2. Research Methods for Urban Studies

The following Research Methods courses are relevant to the Field of Urban Studies:

A. Qualitative Methods:

Anthropology 411; Communication and Media Studies 313; Communication and Media Studies 371; English 302; Geography 340; History 300; Political Science 357; Sociology 313*, 413

B. Quantitative Methods:

Economics 395; Geography 339, 439; Political Science 399; Sociology 311, 313*, 315; Courses labelled Statistics

*Sociology 313 may be counted towards either the Qualitative or Quantitative requirement.

C. Geospatial Methods

Geography 357, 437, 457

3. Urban Studies Options

All courses labelled Urban Studies; Anthropology 479; Archaeology 325; East Asian Studies 321; Geography 463, 465, 470, 479, 555; Greek and Roman Studies 325, 327, 445, 447; Political Science 447, 451; Sociology 355, 375, 453, 467, 471, 499. Students admitted to the Architectural Studies minor may use Architectural Studies 457.01, 457.02 towards this requirement. Up to 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) from Geography 394, 395 (Overseas Field Schools) may be considered when content is Urban focused. Sociology 499 (Sociology Field School) may also be considered when content is Urban focused.


  • Most of the courses listed above have prerequisites that lie outside the Field of Urban Studies. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed. We encourage students to speak with a program advisor on a regular basis to assist with a degree planning.
  • Courses with a strong urban component may be approved by the Program Director. Advanced students with strong academic records may also consider a number of 600-level courses offered through the Faculty of Environmental Design.