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Department of Geography | Faculty of Environment Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2022

Physical Geography Minor

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

GEOG 111 - Earth Systems (3)

An introduction to landforms, climates, soils and vegetation; their origins, distributions, interrelationships and roles in the ecosystem. Laboratory work and field trips are included. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Perkins
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D103 Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D104 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D105 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D106 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D107 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D108 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D109 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D110 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D111 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby

and two of

GEOG 213 - Introduction to Geomorphology (3)

An exploration of the processes that shape Earth's surface and the landforms that result. Prerequisite: GEOG 111 or EASC 101. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jonathan Cripps
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D102 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D103 Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
GEOG 214 - Weather and Climate (3)

An examination of the basic principles and processes governing the Earth's weather and climate. Topics include: radiation, greenhouse effect, clouds, precipitation, atmospheric circulation, mid-latitude cyclones, tropical storms, climate change. Prerequisite: GEOG 111. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Wolf Read
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
D102 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
GEOG 215 - The Biosphere (3)

An introduction to the planetary biosphere, its living organisms, and their interactions with each other and the Earth system. Prerequisite: GEOG 111.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Margaret Schmidt
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2220, Burnaby
D101 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
D102 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D103 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby

Upper Division Requirements

A minimum of 15 units is required, to be selected from the following.

GEOG 310 - Physical Geography Field Course (4)

A twelve-day field camp with a focus on various measuring, surveying, recording and mapping skills in branches of physical geography. A selected project will be completed either by a team or by an individual. Field camp locations will vary from year to year. The camp will be held immediately following the end of final examinations in April. Prerequisite: GEOG 213 and one of GEOG 214 or 215. Prerequisite or Corequisite: One of GEOG 311, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317 or 319.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Perkins
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
GEOG 311 - Hydrology (4)

Introduction to the hydrologic cycle, with an emphasis on the hydrology of British Columbia; description and analysis of the processes of water movement and storage measurements and analysis of hydrologic data. Prerequisite: GEOG 213 or 214; GEOG 251 or one of STAT 201, 203 (formerly 103), 205, or 270. Quantitative.

GEOG 312 - Geography of Natural Hazards (4)

An exploration of human response to our hazardous Earth. The dynamic causes of natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides and floods will be illustrated. Students will gain an appreciation for how humans perceive, predict, and recover from hazards and how their effects may be reduced. Prerequisite: One of GEOG 100, 104 or 111 or one of EASC 101 or 104. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

GEOG 313 - River Geomorphology (4)

Intermediate analysis in fluvial and coastal geomorphology with particular reference to British Columbia. Prerequisite: GEOG 213, or both EASC 209W and EASC 304. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tracy Brennand
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
GEOG 314 - The Climate System (4)

A survey of the climate system, with emphasis on the interactions among its components; radiation, energy and water balances; carbon cycle; climate sensitivity and feedbacks; natural and human-induced climate change. Prerequisite: GEOG 214. Quantitative.

GEOG 315 - World Ecosystems (4)

Distribution, structure, function, and dynamics of the world's major biomes. Attention to comparative aspects among terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and to environmental problems associated with the biomes. Prerequisite: GEOG 215 or BISC 204.

GEOG 316 - Global Biogeochemical and Water Cycles (4)

Introduction to the cycling of essential chemical elements through ecosystems. Interactions among biological, hydrological, and geological controls on the structure and function of ecosystems and the spatial-temporal scales of elemental cycling are emphasized. Environmental problems resulting from disturbance to natural equilibria in the elemental cycles are examined. Prerequisite: GEOG 215 or BISC 204 or permission of the instructor. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Lance Lesack
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
AQ 4150, Burnaby
D101 Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D102 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D103 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
GEOG 317 - Soil Science (4)

An introduction to the study of soils: physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; soil formation, description, classification, survey and use. Field and laboratory techniques of soil analysis. Prerequisite: One of GEOG 213, 214, 215, or CHEM 121. Students with credit for GEOG 318 may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 411 - Advanced Hydrology (4)

An examination of hydrologic processes at different scales; effects of climate and land use change on the hydrologic cycle; application of hydrologic models; recent research developments in selected sub-fields of hydrology. Prerequisite: one of GEOG 311, 313, or 314; one of GEOG 251 or one of STAT 201, 203 (formerly 103), 205, or 270. Quantitative.

GEOG 412W - Glacial Processes and Environments (4)

An examination of glacial processes and environments emphasizing landscapes and sediments resulting from the movement of ice, water, and sediment; application of field techniques. Prerequisite: 60 units, including GEOG 213; GEOG 313 and EASC 201 recommended. Writing.

GEOG 414 - Climate Change (4)

An examination of recent advances in climate change science drawing upon observational and theoretical studies; application of climate models. Prerequisite: GEOG 314. Quantitative.

GEOG 417W - Advanced Soil Science (4)

Advanced treatment of topics in soil science: soil physics, soil chemistry, soil biology, soil classification and/or forest soils. Prerequisite: GEOG 317. Students with credit for GEOG 417 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Margaret Schmidt
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby