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


GEOG4050 Fluvial Geomorphology (3,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4050 Fluvial Geomorphology (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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GEOG4060 Advances in Hydrology (0,3,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4060 Advances in Hydrology (0,3,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of instructor.
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GEOG4100 Sustainable Rural Systems (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4100 Sustainable Rural Systems (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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GEOG4230 Attitudes Toward the Environment (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4230 Attitudes Toward the Environment (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the cultural attitudes that have influenced land use and environmental change in the past and present.
Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of instructor.
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GEOG4240 Geography of Tourism (2,1,0) or (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4240 Geography of Tourism (2,1,0) or (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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GEOG4480 ***Directed Studies in GeographyThompson Rivers University

GEOG 4480 ***Directed Studies in Geography

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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 the department Chair or instructor.
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GEOG4500 Urban Analysis (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4500 Urban Analysis (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a geographical analysis of selected problems caused by the internal structure of cities and urban systems.
Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of instructor.
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GEOG4750 Advances in Geomatics (0,3,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4750 Advances in Geomatics (0,3,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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 3750 or GEOG 3770 or permission of instructor.
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GEOG4800 Environmental Issues and Policies (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4800 Environmental Issues and Policies (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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GEOG4810 Geography of Small Cities (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4810 Geography of Small Cities (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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GEOG4820 Urban Biophysical Environments (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4820 Urban Biophysical Environments (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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GEOG4840 Postcolonial Geographies (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4840 Postcolonial Geographies (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students analyze the role of geographical ideas and practices in the establishment, maintenance, overthrow, and persistence of colonial relationships.
Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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GEOG4850 Geography of First Nations Issues in British Columbia (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOG 4850 Geography of First Nations Issues in British Columbia (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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GEOG4990 ***Special Topics in Geography and Environmental StudiesThompson Rivers University

GEOG 4990 ***Special Topics in Geography and Environmental Studies

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 60 credits (any discipline) or permission of the instructor.
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