Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

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To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Physical Geography program page.

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography

Honours and Major degrees are available

First Year Courses Credit Hours
GEOG 1290 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 or
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics
3
12 credit hours from the following:
GEOL 1340 The Dynamic Earth (3)
MATH 1300 (M) Vector Geometry and Linear Algebra (3) or
PHYS 1030 (M) General Physics 2 (3) or
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics (3)
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes (3)
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interaction (3)
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry (3)
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry (3)
COMP 1010 Introductory Computer Science 1 (3)
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2 (3) or
MATH 1710 (M) Applied Calculus 2 (3)
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 (3)
STAT 2000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 2 (3)
3
Faculty of Arts course(s), which may include a W course 3
ECON 1020 Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles 3
Elective 6
Total Credit Hours 30

 

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If balancing admission to Physical Geography with other programs, note that Physical Geography requires 24 credit hours, including GEOG 1290, and a minimum of 6 credit hours of the following courses:
    • GEOL 1340
    • MATH 1300 (M)
    • MATH 1500 (M) (or substitutes listed)
    • PHYS 1020 (M) (or substitutes listed)
    • PHYS 1030 (M) (or substitutes listed)
  • MATH 1500 (M) and PHYS 1020 (M) are prerequisites for required second year courses in the program.  It is recommended to complete these in first year, prior to admission.
  • To fulfill your elective requirement for admission, consider taking additional Science and Environment, Earth, and Resources courses listed in the chart.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1:

Apply to the Major program, and consult with a student advisor in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours of specific coursework. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.
Minimum Course Load:

University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Summer Session may be used to complete admission requirements. See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.

W Requirement: Not required for admission. Your Faculty of Arts course(s) may be used to meet the W requirement, when completed.
M Requirement: Not required for admission. Will be met by MATH 1500 (M) or the substitutions listed, when completed.
Minimum GPA:

Major: Minimum grades of 'C' in GEOG 1290, and "C+' in 6 credit hours from GEOL 1340, MATH 1300 (M), MATH 1500 (M), PHYS 1020 (M), and PHYS 1030 (M) (or substitutions listed).

Honours: Consult with a student advisor in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.

Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: Grades only.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60% required.
  • Biology 40S minimum 50% recommended.
  • If taking CHEM 1300, Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
  • If taking BIOL 1020, Biology 40S minimum 50% required.

MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

  • Honours/Major: 4 years (120 credit hours).
  • Co-op may extend your studies by an additional term(s). 

 

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May 2017
First Year Planning Guide