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Physical Geography

Overview

Have you ever wondered what happens when a landslide blocks a river valley or a threatens a highway? Do you want to know why our climate is changing and what our future climate will look like? Did you know that soil resources for food production are threatened?

A Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography will have you exploring earth systems science by studying the interactions between air (atmosphere), water (hydrosphere), land (lithosphere) and the spaces where organisms live (biosphere). You will investigate the events that influence our lives and how we are altering the Earth’s environmental systems.  You will tailor your studies to match your interests and career goals. You will be eligible for professional certification in the environmental and resource sectors.

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Degree: Bachelor of Science in the Faculty of Environment
Major: Physical Geography

Academic Calendar:

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Cartographer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geographer
  • Geographic Information Specialist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • GIS Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Marketer
  • Professional Geoscientist
  • Seismologist
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Wildlife Habitat Protectionist

Not sure where to start? Career Services can help you explore your options and create possibilities.

BC high school admission requirements

Not a BC high school student?

General requirements

A comprehensive list of all approved Grade 11 and 12 academic courses can be found here. Admission is based on an evaluation of all approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses.

Online/distance education courses must be 100% complete by January 31, 2020.

Grade 11 required courses

Required Course List B
One of:
English 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + New Media 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + Spoken Language 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + Writing 11
  • Composition 11
  • Creative Writing 11
  • English First Peoples 11
  • Literary Studies 11
  • New Media 11
  • Spoken Language 11
One of:
Language 11

Any of language 11 or waiver (includes all grade 11 and/or 12 second language courses, including all Indigenous languages of Canada, and introductory Grade 11 language courses)
One of:
Math 11

  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11
All of:
Science 11

  • Chemistry 11
  • Physics 11
One of:
Social Studies 11


See all approved grade 11 courses

Grade 12 required courses

t warning Students must complete a minimum of 5 approved grade 12 courses, including all required course. Equivalent AP or IB courses may be used in place of the following courses.

Required Course List A
One of: 
English 12
  • English Studies 12 (English 12) (min 70%)
  • English First Peoples 12 (min 70%)
  • Francais langue et culture 12
Two  of: 

  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (Biology 12)
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Physics 12
One of:
  • Pre-Calculus 12

 

Type Course List B
One additional from:
List A or List B
  • 20th Century World History 12 (History 12)
  • Accounting 12
  • American Sign Language 12
  • Art Studio 12
  • Asian Studies 12
  • BC First Peoples 12
  • Choral Music 12 (includes Chamber 12, Concert Choir 12, Vocal Jazz 12)
  • Comparative World Religions 12
  • Comparative Cultures 12 (Comparative Civilizations 12)
  • Composition & Production 12
  • Composition 12
  • Computer Science 12
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
  • Contemporary Music 12
  • Creative Writing 12
  • Dance Choreography 12
  • Dance Company 12
  • Dance Conditioning 12
  • Dance Foundations 12
  • Dance Technique & Performance 12
  • Directing & Scriptwriting 12
  • Drama 12
  • Economic Theory 12
  • Engineering 12
  • Entrepreneurship 12
  • Environmental Science 12 (Sustainable Resources 12)
  • Film & Television 12
  • Financial Accounting 12
  • Foundations of Mathematics 12
  • French 12
  • Genocide Studies 12
  • Geology 12
  • Geometry 12
  • German 12
  • Graphic Arts 12
  • Human Geography 12
  • Instrumental Music 12 (includes Concert Band 12, Guitar 12, Jazz Band 12, Orchestra 12)
  • Italian 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Korean 12
  • Law Studies 12
  • Literary Studies 12 (English Literature 12)
  • Mandarin 12
  • Mechatronics 12
  • Media Arts 12
  • Musical Theatre 12
  • New Media 12
  • Philosophy 12
  • Photography 12
  • Physical Geography 12 (Geography 12)
  • Political Studies 12
  • Punjabi 12
  • Russian 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Spoken Language 12
  • Statistics 12
  • Studio Arts 2D 12
  • Studio Arts 3D 12
  • Theatre Company 12
  • Theatre Production 12
  • Urban Studies 12

See all approved grade 12 courses

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Environment
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: BSC Physical Geography

Applying to the minor program

See the description in the Academic Calendar.