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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.23 Geography
4.23 Geography
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Degrees in Geography:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography

BA in Geography with Co-operative Education

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography

BSc in Geography with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Geography

BA Honours in Geography with Co-operative Education

BSc Honours in Geography

BSc Honours in Geography 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

*Applications to this program are currently suspended. No new admissions will be permitted.

Degrees in Urban Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Urban Studies

BA in Urban Studies with Co-operative Education

Note: Minors are offered in Geography and Urban Studies.


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


Geography is the study of people, places and patterns on the Earth's surface. Students learn how to analyze the meaning of patterns formed on the Earth's surface by natural processes and human activity. Geographers apply these concepts and information to manage and use Earth's resources to advance human civilization in a sustainable manner. Geography has many facets, and undergraduates learn about all of them: human geography, physical geography, and techniques and methods. They also learn the basics of how to conduct research to answer the many unsolved questions in Geography. Because Geography is so broad in scope, geographers work in a wide variety of jobs. They are, above all, specialists in putting together information from a wide variety of disciplines to arrive at solutions to problems involving location and spatial relationships - such as planning (urban, transportation or tourism, for example), environmental impact, transportation or resource management.

Urban Studies

Urban Studies is a broad interdisciplinary program designed to provide an integrated understanding of the social, political, economic, cultural, and geographic processes that shape urban life. Cities are sites of great cultural and ethnic diversity, economic innovation, cultural expression, resource consumption, wealth generation, and political conflict and co-operation. Today most developed societies are predominantly urban, even as global processes increasingly shape them. The processes that shape urban life play a critical role in shaping the sustainability of societies. Indeed, it is impossible to understand sustainability issues without understanding the organization of cities. 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.

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For Program Advice

Students should consult an undergraduate program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online:

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.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements of this Calendar.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for admission to the BA or BSc Honours (Geography) and the BSc Honours (Earth Science) are established in section 3.3.2 Honours Degrees are applicable and provide the overall framework. Students wishing to apply to an Honours program must apply through their Student Centre for a change of program to Honours by 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.

Programs in Earth Science can be taken in conjunction with Environmental Science, Geology, Applied and Environmental Geology or Geophysics with approval from the Faculty of Arts. Consent is required for Major-plus-Minor combinations, Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees.

Courses Constituting the Field of Earth Science
Courses Constituting the Field of Geography
  • All courses labelled Geography (GEOG). Geography courses are subdivided as follows:

List A Human Geography: Geography 254, 352, 354, 452, 454, 456, 458, 553, 554, 558, 565, 596, 597

List B Integrative Geography: Geography 254, 303, 324, 326, 328, 330, 426, 428, 430, 432, 434, 436, 526, 528, 530, 532, 534, 536, 538, 596, 597

List C Geographical Methods: Geography 280, 380, 390, 391, 480, 482, 483, 484, 485, 567, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586 587, 588, 596

List D Physical Geography: Geography 204, 308, 310, 408, 410, 412, 500, 502, 503, 504, 506, 508, 510, 512, 596, 599

Courses Constituting the Field of Urban Studies

*Up to 6 units from Geography Overseas Field Schools may be considered when content is Urban focused
**Subject to approval by the Program Co-ordinator when topic content is Urban focused
***Students admitted to the Architectural Studies minor

Core Courses

Anthropology 379; Canadian Studies 355; Geography 452, 454, 526, 553, 554, 558, 565; History 354; Political Science 425, 433; Sociology 353, 453; Urban Studies 253, 311, 591

Research Methods for Urban Studies

A. Qualitative Methods:

Anthropology 411; Communication and Media Studies 313, 371; English 302; Geography 483, 583; History 300; Political Science 357; Sociology 313, 413

B. Quantitative Methods:

Geography 485, 585; Political Science 399; Sociology 311, 315; Courses labelled Statistics

C. Geospatial Methods

Geography 480, 482, 567, 582, 586, 588