Physical Geography

Physical Geography is an earth systems science that weaves together studies of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere to investigate our environment and the powerful forces and events that influence our lives, including the many ways we are altering the earth’s environmental systems.


The Department of Geography offers three concentrations in its science degree: Biogeophysical Science; Geoscience; and Physical Geography and Spatial Information Science.

Degree: Bachelor of Science

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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