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As a student in the Physical Geography program you will choose from one of the following three streams. You can also choose to pursue professional accreditation as a Professional Geoscientist or Professional Agrologist* as part of completing this program. Please see our professional accreditation page for details on the accreditation process.
Offering a range of earth system science courses with a focus on earth system dynamics, this stream targets the courses needed for registration as a Professional Agrologist*.
The Geoscience stream investigates earth surface processes and targets the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) (Environmental Geoscience) within Canada.
Geosystems & GIScience
This stream focuses on the linkages between earth systems science and spatial information science. It also covers the requirements for the Certificate in Geographic Information Science.
*As of September 2022, all agrology services within BC must be provided by a registered professional agrologist.
Physical Geography Subdisciplines and Courses
Biogeography centres on the factors that control the distribution and functioning of the world’s ecosystems and the organisms of which they are made.
Climatology is the study of the envelope of air that surrounds the Earth and is based on observation, description and explanation of the physical properties and processes of the atmosphere.
Geomorphology is the scientific study of earth surface landforms and the processes that have led to their formation.
Hydrology is the science of water, its distribution, circulation, physical and chemical properties, and interaction with the environment.
Soil Science deals with soil as a natural surface layer capable of supporting living plants.