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Geography Program


7123 Robert C. Brown Hall, (604) 2913321 Tel, (604) 2915841 Fax, www.sfu.ca/geography

Chair

N.K. Blomley BSc, PhD (Brist)

Faculty and Areas of Research

see "Department of Geography". for a list of areas of research of faculty members. The department takes special interest in the systematic aspects of physical geography; geomorphology, biogeography, soils, climatology, hydrology and spatial information systems. Emphasis is on physical geographical problems of western North America, with particular reference to British Columbia.

Many research areas occur in co-operation with other departments. Candidates are encouraged to take courses in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics and physics when related to research.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Geography offers a program leading to the MSc degree in the Faculty of Science.

Admission

see "Graduate General Regulations". for admission requirements.

Students should hold a BSc degree, or equivalent, with at least a second class standing (3.0 GPA) in geography or a related discipline. When the first degree is not in geography, the student should have at least 12 hours or equivalent in upper division geography. Students with a general degree must have 30 credit hours or the equivalent in upper division geography courses.

MSc Committee

The candidate will work under the direction of a faculty advisor pending the choice of supervisory committee, which is normally composed of two faculty members, one of whom may be drawn from outside the department, and will be chosen by the second semester.

MSc Requirements

Course Work

Students complete 12 credit hours minimum (three courses) plus GEOG 700 and 701 which are non-credit courses, the grading of which is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students must complete GEOG 706 as part of the 12 credit hours, and complete minimum department requirements. Graduate studies committee permission is required to complete a minimum course requirement outside the department. Students with deficiencies may be asked to complete more course work.

Thesis

A thesis is required. The candidate submits a written thesis proposal to the supervisory committee by the end of the third semester week following completion of GEOG 700 and 701. The supervisory committee approves the proposal prior to the start of substantive research. The candidate presents the research proposal to the department at a colloquium prior to the end of the third residence semester (or by semester end following GEOG 700 and 701 completion). The examining committee judges the thesis at an oral defence.

Graduate Courses

see "Geography Graduate Courses"..



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