Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Fourth Year Geography Courses

GEOG 4050-3 Fluvial Geomorphology (3,0,2)(L)
GEOG 4060-3 Advances in Hydrology (0,3,0)
GEOG 4100-3 Sustainable Rural Systems (3,0,0)
GEOG 4230-3 Attitudes Toward the Environment (2,1,0)
GEOG 4240-3 Geography of Tourism (2,1,0 or 3,0,0)
GEOG 4480-3 Directed Studies in Geography
GEOG 4500-3 Urban Analysis (2,1,0)
GEOG 4740-3 Spatiotemporal Analysis (2,1,0)
GEOG 4750-3 Advances in Geomatics (0,3,0)
GEOG 4800-3 Environmental Issues and Policies (2,1,0)
GEOG 4810-3 Geography of Small Cities (2,1,0)
GEOG 4820-3 Urban Biophysical Environments (3,0,0)
GEOG 4840-3 Postcolonial Geographies (2,1,0)
GEOG 4850-3 Geography of First Nations Issues in British Columbia (3,0,0)
GEOG 4990-3 Special Topics in Geography


GEOG 4050
GEOG 4050
Fluvial Geomorphology (3,0,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
Moving water on the Earth's surface results in the creation of distinct geomorphic landscapes. This physical geography course examines the principles of sediment entrainment, transport and deposition, fluvial flow, drainage basin form and processes, and an analysis of fluvial landforms. Examples are drawn from the Kamloops area, as well as from other regions in British Columbia, Canada, and the world.
Prerequisite: GEOG 2050 or GEOG 3080 or permission of the instructor Required Lab: GEOG 4050L
GEOG 4060
GEOG 4060
Advances in Hydrology (0,3,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
This seminar course explores key advances in hydrological science with an emphasis on forest hydrology. The historical development of our current understanding of the physical processes involved in the movement and storage of water in vegetated environments is covered as are future research directions. In addition to physical processes, where appropriate, advances in measurement and modeling methodologies are also examined. Key topics covered include advances in our understanding of rainfall, snow, throughfall and stemflow, evaporation and transpiration, infiltration, soil moisture redistribution, and hillslope hydrology processes. Additionally, the hydrologic impacts of forest harvesting, wildfire, insect infestations, and global climatic change will also be examined.
Prerequisite: GEOG 3050 or permission of the instructor
GEOG 4100
GEOG 4100
Sustainable Rural Systems (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
This course marries the subject areas of rural geography and sustainability in case study analyses of a country - for example, Japan, Canada, China, or Mexico - or a global region - for example, the Asia-Pacific or Africa - depending upon instructor expertise. It examines the transformation of rural areas owing to urbanization, globalization and other social forces. The course examines subsequent problems, such as rural depopulation and the policies to keep these areas socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable.
Prerequisite: 60 academic credits including GEOG 1010 or GEOG 1110
GEOG 4230
GEOG 4230
Attitudes Toward the Environment (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
Students examine the cultural attitudes that have influenced land use and environmental change in the past and present.
Prerequisite: GEOG 3100 or written permission of instructor Required Seminar: GEOG 4230S
GEOG 4240
GEOG 4240
Geography of Tourism (2,1,0) or (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
Students examine the geographical topics in tourism, including: tourism as a global and local phenomenon; historical changes in leisure and development of tourism in western, industrializing economies; tourism in the Canadian economy, past and present; current relationships between tourism; and cultural values and economic systems.
Prerequisite: GEOG 3200 or GEOG 3570 or GEOG 3610 or enrolment in the Bachelor of Tourism Management program Required Seminar: GEOG 4240S
GEOG 4480
GEOG 4480
***Directed Studies in Geography
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
This course is designed to allow fourth year students to undertake an investigation on a specific chosen topic, agreed upon by the faculty member and the student.
Prerequisite: Permission of the supervising faculty member and the Chair of the department are required
GEOG 4500
GEOG 4500
Urban Analysis (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
This course offers a geographical analysis of selected problems caused by the internal structure of cities and urban systems.
Prerequisite: GEOG 3500 or permission of the instructor Required Seminar: GEOG 4500S
GEOG 4750
GEOG 4750
Advances in Geomatics (0,3,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
As a technology-based discipline, the field of geomatics is rapidly changing in response to technological advancements in remote sensing, computing hardware, wireless communication, programmatic abstractions, and spatiotemporal models. Through the reading of recently published articles and the replication of key results, this fourth year seminar class explores recent advances in the state-of-the-science of geomatics. Key topics include real-time access to environmental observations; free-and-open-source GIS; GIS-based decision support systems; Web-enablement; environmental data fusion; decentralized and cloud-based tools for geomatics.
Prerequisite: GEOG 2700, GEOG 2740 and GEOG 3750 or GEOG 3770
GEOG 4800
GEOG 4800
Environmental Issues and Policies (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
Using a geographical analysis of environmental issues and policies, this course relates land use, hazards and resource allocation to changing demand, technology, institutions, policies, and social values. An emphasis is placed on issues and policies relevant to small cities and adjacent rural areas.
Prerequisite: GEOG 3100 or permission of the instructor Required Seminar: GEOG 4800S
GEOG 4810
GEOG 4810
Geography of Small Cities (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
This course examines the economic, social, cultural, and environmental qualities of small cities and the issues and forces that affect them. Case studies are drawn from the local scene and from across North America.
Prerequisite: Six credits in 3000 level geography or permission of the instructor Required Seminar: GEOG 4810S
GEOG 4820
GEOG 4820
Urban Biophysical Environments (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
Cities represent areas where biophysical processes are often markedly distinct from their rural counterparts. This physical geography course examines the climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, and biogeography of cities, and the impact cities have on biophysical processes at regional and global scales. Specific topics include: the urban heat island effect; urban hydrology; building architecture and wind; atmospheric contamination; urban forestry; and the urban area as an ecosystem. Students study the biophysical processes of environmental examples drawn from Kamloops and comparative communities.
Prerequisite: Six credits in 3000 level GEOG courses or permission of the instructor. Recommended GEOG 3100.
GEOG 4840
GEOG 4840
Postcolonial Geographies (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
Students analyze the role of geographical ideas and practices in the establishment, maintenance, overthrow, and persistence of colonial relationships.
Prerequisite: GEOG 3200 or permission from the instructor Required Seminar: GEOG 4840S
GEOG 4850
GEOG 4850
Geography of First Nations Issues in British Columbia (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
This course offers an examination of the issues involved in the creation of new relationships that are evolving and inclusive of First Nations concerns in British Columbia. Students explore the past relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples of the province, the legal principles and precedents in force, the present situation of ongoing negotiations, and an analysis of future possibilities. Land and resource agreements and disagreements are the focus of this course, as well as the mechanisms available for compromise and resolution.
Prerequisite: Six credits in 3000 level GEOG courses or written permission of the instructor
GEOG 4990
GEOG 4990
***Special Topics in Geography and Environmental Studies
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
GEOG
This is a special topics course in geography. The subject matter varies from semester to semester depending upon the interest of the faculty and students. Vectoring is determined as per policy ED-8-0.
Prerequisite: 3rd year standing Required Lab: GEOG 4990L Required Seminar: GEOG 4990S