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    Faculty

    • Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

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    Degree

    • Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography

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    Expected duration

    • Major and honours: 4 years
    • Minor: 18 credit hours

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    Program options

    • Honours
    • Major
    • Minor

  • The Physical Geography program at the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources gives you access to excellence

    • The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources is home to the Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF), the first experimental sea-ice facility in Canada.
    • "Severe Thunderstorms - Storm Chasing and Field Techniques" is the only storm and tornado chasing course in Canada.
    • Home to the Cretaceous Menagerie and geological sciences museum exhibiting minerals, fossils and dinosaurs.
  • A tornado developing in the sky above a cornfield.

Program details

Expected duration:

  • Major and honours: 4 years (120 credit hours)
  • Minor: 18 credit hours

Physical geography students choose from the following streams:

Atmospheric Science
In the broadest sense, this is the study of the Earth's atmosphere (and other planetary atmospheres). The atmospheric science program in the Department of Environment and Geography mainly focuses on processes and phenomena associated with the Earth's troposphere (lowest portion of the atmosphere closest to the surface, where all weather occurs) with connections to the Earth's surface (heat, water, carbon dioxide transfers and other biophysical processes).

Geomatics
Geomatics is an emerging field referring to the techniques of spatial data acquisition, handling and analysis. Included within this field have been geographic applications of computer analysis and spatial modeling, spatial statistics, remote sensing technology and geographic information systems.

General physical geography
Physical geography includes the study of the environment through aspects of atmospheric science, geomorphology, biogeography and hydrology. All of which draw upon the natural and applied sciences to understand the natural environment.

Sample course offerings

  • GEOG 1290: Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 2200: Introduction to Thematic Cartography
  • GEOG 2300: Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Clouds and Precipitation
  • GEOG 2310: Introduction to Process Hydrology
  • GEOG 3810: Quantitative Research Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 3730: Geographic Information Systems

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Co-operative education opportunities

Co-operative education is a structured educational program whereby students spend alternating periods in university and employment. Cooperative education opportunities are available to students registered in either the major or honours degree programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Physical Geography.

Co-op allows students to:

  • Acquire theoretical knowledge and practical work experience
  • Focus your education, and select areas of specialization for choosing senior courses and selecting a focus area
  • Improve your professional development by engaging in networking opportunities and participating in conferences and workshops
  • Develop mentoring relationships with employers
  • Explore many career options without a long-term commitment
  • Help finance your education through relevant work experience
  • Create an impressive resume that sets you apart from other students
  • Develop workplace skills that provide you hands-on experience with the latest tools and equipment

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.

Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.

If you do not meet the requirements for direct or advanced entry, you can apply for admission to University 1, the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources or another program.

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120

Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.

For guidance regarding how to minor in physical geography, talk to an academic advisor.

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Includes the Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geological Sciences and Physical Geography programs.

Includes Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Health Studies programs.

Includes Bachelor of Science degrees in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agroecology, Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences.

Annual application deadlines

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Summer (May) Direct entry Early October April 1

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To apply to the Inner City Social Work program, attend an information session at the William Norrie Centre. You will receive an application form at the information session. All information sessions are held in Room 126, William Norrie Centre.

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The BPRN program has been placed on a temporary suspension starting for the Fall 2019 intake.

Access students

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

admissions@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-8808
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext. 8808
Fax: 204-474-7554

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Room 440 Wallace Building
125 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2

Riddell.Faculty@umanitoba.ca

Phone: 204-474-7252
Fax: 204-275-3147