Physical Geography

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 in the Faculty of Environment
Major: Physical Geography

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Admission requirements for Physical Geography

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

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

  • Go to
  • 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

The minor program

See the description in the 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:

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

  • 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