Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Geography Programs

The geography programs at TRU have strong teaching and research expertise in sustainable urban and rural landscapes, Japan, environmental geography, economic geography, hydrology, climatology, geomorphology and emerging geomatic technologies, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Those interested in pursuing a career or further study in education, urban and regional planning, environmental consulting, policy development, environmental law, water resources research, mine reclamation, environmental assessment, and earth science, including hydrology, meteorology and geomorphology, should strongly consider completing a geography program.

Students must normally declare their geography and environmental studies major or geography minor before entering the third year of the BA program. To do so, simply email the BA Advisor and tell them you would like to declare your major or minor.

All students must meet with a program adviser in geography and environmental studies to plan their course selection. The department regularly holds advising days in March; however, you can always call (250-828-5235) or email (dcarlyle@tru.ca) to make an appointment any time of the year


Major in Geography and Environmental Studies

There are three program options associated with Geography and Environmental Studies:

  • Geography and Environmental Studies Major
  • Geography and Environmental Studies — Physical Geography Major
  • Geography and Environmental Studies Honours Major

Specific course requirements for each of these programs are provided in the table below:

Geography and Environmental Studies Major Program Options
Lower level — common to all three major program options
GEOG 1010 People, Places, and Landscapes: Introducing Human Geography
or GEOG 1110 World Regional Geography
GEOG 1000 Planet Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science
GEOG 2020 Weather, Climate and Global Environmental Change
or GEOG 2050 Introduction to Hydrology
GEOG 2400 Geographic Thought
GEOG 2700 Introduction to Geographic Analysis
GEOG 2740 Geodesy and the Visualization of Geographic Data
GEOG 1100 Environmental Studies: Human Interaction with the Natural Environment
or GEOG 2110 Geography of the Economic Landscape
or GEOG 2120 Geography of Urban and Regional Planning
or GEOG 2220 Regional Geography of Canada
or GEOG 2230 Regional Geography of British Columbia and Yukon
or any of the following not used to meet requirements listed above
GEOG 1010 Introducing Human Geography: People, Places and Landscapes
GEOG 1110 World Regional Geography
GEOG 2020 Weather, Climate and Global Environmental Change
GEOG 2050 Introduction to Hydrology
 
Upper level
Geography and Environmental Studies Major Program Option

Thirty (30) 3000 or 4000 level GEOG credits are required with at least three (3) credits from the 4000 level. Of the thirty (30) credits at least three (3) distinct credits must be chosen from each of the four (4) course groups (Groups A,B,C, and D) listed in the Course Table below. The remaining eighteen (18) upper-level GEOG credits may be selected from any of the four (4) course groups (A,B,C or D) or combination thereof, or from GEOG 3990, GEOG 4990, or GEOG 4480.

Geography and Environmental Studies — Physical Geography Major Program Option

Thirty (30) 3000 or 4000 level GEOG credits are required with at least three (3) credits from the 4000 level. Of the thirty (30) credits at least fifteen (15) credits must be chosen from Group C: Physical Geography and three (3) distinct credits from each of the other three (3) course groups (Groups A,B, and D) from the Table below. The six (6) upper-level elective (each of the four (4) course groups (Groups A,B,C, and D) listed in the Table below. The remaining eighteen (18) upper-level GEOG credits may be selected from any of the four (4) course groups (A,B,C or D) or from GEOG 3990, GEOG 4990, or GEOG 4480.

Geography and Environmental Studies Honours Major Program Option

Forty-two (42) 3000 or 4000 level GEOG courses from which at least three (3) distinct credits must be chosen from each of the four (4) course groups (Groups A, B, C, and D) listed in the Course Table below. At least nine (9) of the forty-two (42) credits must be chosen from any of the 4000 level GEOG course listed in the Course Table (any course group) or GEOG 4990 or GEOG 4480. The remaining twenty-one (21) upper-level GEOG courses may be selected from any of the four (4) course groups (A, B, C, or D) or combination thereof, or from GEOG 3990. Students must obtain a Grade Point Average of 3.00 in the forty-two (42) upper-level credits and must not obtain a grade below B- (2.67) in any three (3) of the forty-two (42) credits. Students will be permitted to re-take a course once in order to meet the grade requirement. Admission into the Honours program requires completions of the lower level requirements with a minimum Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 3.00.

Upper level courses
Group A — Environmental Studies
ENVS 3991 Environmental Studies: Sustainability
GEOG 3100 Environment and Resources
GEOG 3650 Geography of Consumption
GEOG 3991 Global Climate Change and Regional Impacts
GEOG 4230 Attitudes Towards the Environment
GEOG 4510 Sustainable Rural Systems
GEOG 4800 Environmental Issues and Policies
Group B – Human Geography
GEOG 3200 Introduction to Cultural Geography
GEOG 3210 Historical Geography of Urbanization
GEOG 3230 Geographies of Gender
GEOG 3270 Historical Geography of Canada I: Canada before 1850
GEOG 3280 Historical Geography of Canada II: Canada after 1850
GEOG 3500 Introduction to Urban Geography
GEOG 3510 Rural Geography
GEOG 3550 Geography of the Urban-Rural Fringe
GEOG 3570 Introduction to Social and Behaviour Geography
GEOG 3610 Themes in Economic Geography
GEOG 3900 Geography of a Selected Region
GEOG 4240 Geography of Tourism
GEOG 4500 Urban Analysis
GEOG 4800 Environmental Issues and Policies
GEOG 4810 Geography of Small Cities
GEOG 4840 Postcolonial Geographies
GEOG 4850 Geography of First Nations Issues in British Columbia
Group C – Physical Geography
GEOG 3040 Environment Climatology and Meteorology
GEOG 3050 Physical Hydrology
GEOG 3060 Groundwater Hydrology
GEOG 3070 Biogeography
GEOG 3080 Geomorphology
GEOG 3129 Geography of Natural Hazards
GEOG 4050 Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 4060 Advances in Hydrology
GEOG 4820 Urban Biophysical Environments
Group D – Geographical Methods
GEOG 3700 Field Methods in Geography
GEOG 3750 Applications of Geographical Information Systems
GEOG 3770 GIS for Water Resources Systems Analysis
GEOG 4740 Spatiotemporal Analysis
GEOG 4750 Advances in Geomatics

Minor Program in Geography (Revised for September 2014)

Important Note: Students commencing their studies at TRU in September 2014 onwards and who wish to complete a minor in geography must meet the requirements for the minor described on this page. Only students who enrolled at TRU prior to September 2014 will be permitted to choose either the revised program or the older program.

The requirements for a minor in geography are the completion of 30 credits as follows:

  • Three (3) credits from 1000 level Human Geography from:
    • GEOG 1010 People, Places and Environments: Introducing Human Geography
    • GEOG 1110 World Regional Geography
  • Three (3) credits from 1000 level Physical Geography:
    • GEOG 1000 (L) Planet Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science
  • Six (6) additional credits from 1000 or 2000 level GEOG courses.
  • Eighteen (18) 3000 or 4000 level GEOG credits.

Masters Program in Environmental Science

Students graduating from the BA in geography program may pursue a MSc in Environmental Sciences with faculty members in the department of Geography & Environmental Studies.