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Department of Geography Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Environmental Specialty Major

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete 120 units, including 45 upper division units.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 21 units, including all of

GEOG 100 - Our World: Introducing Human Geography (3)

A geographical introduction to how humans shape our world, with attention also given to how it shapes us. Themes may include: culture, economic activities, environmental change, globalization, politics, population, resources, and urbanization. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Blomley
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D200 Gretchen Ferguson
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 5240, Surrey
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
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101
Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D103
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D104
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D105
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D106
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D107
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D108
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D109
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D110
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D111
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D112
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D113
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D114
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D115
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D116
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
GEOG 215 - Biogeography (3)

An examination of the abiotic and biotic factors that control the distribution and development of plant communities, including climatic and geological change. Prerequisite: GEOG 111. Students with credit for BISC 204 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sarah Thomsen
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D102
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D103
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
GEOG 221 - Economic Geography (3)

The basic concepts of economic geography, involving consideration of the spatial organization and development of economic and resource based systems. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Rosemary-Claire Collard
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SECB 1014, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D103
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
GEOG 241 - Social Geography (3)

Systematic consideration of the spatial and environmental bases of societies, in historical and cultural perspective. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jason Young
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D102
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D103
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
REM 100 - Global Change (3)

This course provides students with an overview of global environmental change and its causes from a social science perspective, historically and at the present time. Population growth, an increasing ecological footprint and changes in ideology, social organization, economy and technology will be critically reviewed. New ways of thinking in natural and social science will be considered in relation to specific issues such as land, soil and food; energy, raw materials and solid waste; air pollution and transportation; water, oceans and fisheries; climate change; forestry and biodiversity; urbanization, and alternative futures. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Pascal Haegeli
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D103
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D104
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D105
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D106
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D107
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D108
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D109
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D110
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby

and one of

GEOG 251 - Quantitative Geography (3)

An introduction to basic quantitative techniques for the collection of geographic data. Topics include describing data, gathering samples, theoretical distributions, linking samples and populations, testing significance, and exploring spatial relationships all within practical, real-world application contexts. Prerequisite: GEOG 100 or 111. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shivanand Balram
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SECB 1012, Burnaby
D101
Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
D102
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
D103
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
GEOG 253 - Introduction to Remote Sensing (3)

An introduction to the theory and practice of remote sensing, including the relevant physical processes, digital image processing and information extraction, and a review of remote sensing applications. Prerequisite: GEOG 111. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andres Varhola
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
D101
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
D102
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
D103
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
GEOG 255 - Geographical Information Science I (3)

A basic overview of Geographical Information Systems and Science; GIS software, hardware, data structures and models; spatial data, operations and algorithms; practical applications and limitations. Prerequisite: GEOG 100 or 111 or permission of instructor. Students with credit for GEOG 354 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Taylor Anderson
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2111, Burnaby
D102
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2111, Burnaby
D103
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2111, Burnaby

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 32 upper division units, including four of the following core courses

GEOG 322 - World Resources (4)

An analysis of the use and development of natural resources from a geographic, economic and institutional perspective. Prerequisite: At least 30 units including GEOG 221. Students with credit for GEOG 322W may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 377 - Environmental History (4)

Examines the reciprocal influences between humans and nature through time. Topics may include settlement, agriculture, technology, politics, urbanization, science, and conservation. Prerequisite: 45 units with nine of lower division Geography units. Students with credit for HIST 377 may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 382 - Population Geography (4)

A survey - from geographic perspective - of data, concepts, themes, and debates in the study of population. Particular concern for population numbers, fertility, mortality, and migration over space and time. Prerequisite: GEOG 221 or 241.

GEOG 385 - Agriculture and the Environment (4)

An examination of the relationship between agricultural production systems and the biophysical environment, with emphasis on the origins of, and potential solutions to, agri-environmental degradation. Prerequisite: GEOG 221.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Christiana Miewald
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
D101
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
D102
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D103
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 2235, Vancouver
GEOG 389W - Nature and Society (4)

Examines the relationship between nature and society, covering the dominant geographical approaches to human-environment interaction, and their social, spatial, and political economic effects. Prerequisite: GEOG 221 or GEOG 241 (Students who received credit for EVSC 200 before 2011 may use it to meet the prerequisite requirement for this course). Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Pierce
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4150, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D103
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
REM 311 - Applied Ecology and Sustainable Environments (3)

Students will learn to apply the ecological concepts introduced in prereq courses to applied ecological problems at the population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization. Emphasis will be placed on processes which drive ecological dynamics, on recognizing those processes and dynamics in applied contexts, and on interpreting ecological data. Prerequisite: REM 100 or EVSC 100; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; STAT 101 or GEOG 251 or STAT 201 or equivalent. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Scott Harrison
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D102
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D103
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
REM 356 - Institutional Arrangements for Sustainable Environmental Management (3)

This course provides an overview of some basic legislation, agencies, and policies which currently are in use to regulate the natural environment at the international, nation, provincial, regional, and local levels. Its purpose is to present a basic set of evaluative questions which can be used to address the effectiveness and efficiency of the environmental regulatory and management systems currently in use. Prerequisite: REM 100.

and one of

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 101, 201, 203 (formerly 103), or 270. Quantitative.

GEOG 312 - Geography of Natural Hazards (4)

An introduction to the occurrence and origin of natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, landslides, etc. Interaction between the relevant natural processes and society will be examined, as well as prediction of natural events and the amelioration of the effects of such events within different cultural contexts. Prerequisite: GEOG 111 or EASC 101. Students with credit for GEOG 212 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Perkins
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
D101
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D102
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
D103
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D104
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
GEOG 313 - River Geomorphology (4)

Intermediate analysis in fluvial and coastal geomorphology with particular reference to British Columbia. Prerequisite: GEOG 213. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tracy Brennand
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D102
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D103
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7110, 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; climate sensitivity and feedbacks; natural and anthropogenic climate change; climate models. Prerequisite: GEOG 214. Recommended: MATH 151 and 152 or MATH 154 and 155 or MATH 157 and 158. 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Lance Lesack
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101
We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D102
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D103
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
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, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101
Fr 10:30 AM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D102
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D103
Mo 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, 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 318 - Soils in Our Environment (4)

A survey of soils and their management. Focuses on the role of soils in the environment; their physical, chemical and biological properties; processes of degradation (including erosion, desertification, pollution, and nutrient depletion); and the maintenance of healthy soils. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 units including GEOG 111. Students who have taken GEOG 317 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.

and one of

GEOG 351 - Multimedia Cartography (4)

Elements of cartographic analysis, design and visualization, with an emphasis on digital mapping, animation techniques, cartographic software and internet mapping. Prerequisite: GEOG 255. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzana Dragicevic
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101
Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2111, Burnaby
D102
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2111, Burnaby
D103
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2111, Burnaby
GEOG 352 - Spatial Analysis (4)

Advanced quantitative techniques for spatial analysis of geographic data and patterns. Topics include geostatistics, spatial interpolation, autocorrelation, kriging, and their use in geographic problem solving with spatial analysis software. Prerequisite: GEOG 251 or one of STAT 101, 201, 203 (formerly 103), or 270. Quantitative.

GEOG 353 - Advanced Remote Sensing (4)

Advanced remote sensing principles and techniques, including physics-based modeling, advanced classifiers, automated data processing, and integration of ancillary data products. Prerequisite: GEOG 253. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andres Varhola
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D101
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
GEOG 355 - Geographical Information Science II (4)

An examination of technical components of GIS. Topics include spatial representations, generalization and data management; computational algebra and set theory; digital surfaces and terrain models. Prerequisite: GEOG 255. Quantitative.

GEOG 356 - 3D Geovisualization (4)

3D geovisualization methods, concepts and theory. Bridges conventional geographic visualization with emerging 3D methods. Emphasizes user-centered design and cognitive implications. Prerequisite: GEOG 255.

and one of

GEOG 428 - World Forests (4)

Comparative analysis of forest industries, ecosystems and policies, and their lessons for forest management in British Columbia. Topics include tropical deforestation and carbon sequestration, the wilderness debate, and forests in culture and the visual arts. Prerequisite: GEOG 315, or 322, or 389.

GEOG 432 - Problems in Environmental History (4)

An investigation into the major themes and arguments in the environmental histories of North America, emphasizing how different individuals and groups have used, perceived, and managed their environments over time. Prerequisite: 60 units including eight of upper division geography. Students with credit for HIST 432 or HIST 485 in 2001-3 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Christina Adcock
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
GEOG 445 - Resource Planning (4)

This course introduces the student to the principles and practices of resource planning within a Canadian context. Special attention is paid to land-use planning as it relates to major resource sectors. Prerequisite: One of GEOG 322, 363, 383, or 389.

GEOG 449 - City and Environment (4)

The city as human-natural system; its processes and interactions in urban environmental policy and practice; with attention to historical and theoretical context. Prerequisite: 60 units, or enrolment in a Sustainable Community Development program; and one of GEOG 362, 363, or SCD 301.

REM 445 - Environmental Risk Assessment (3)

Students receive theory and practical experience in the control and management of hazardous substances in the environment. This includes the application of techniques used to assess toxicological, ecological and human health risks of contaminants within the current regulatory framework. Prerequisite: MATH 151 or 154 or 157; STAT 101 or 103 or 201 or 301 or GEOG 251.

REM 471 - Forest Ecosystem Management (3)

Students will examine the problems of managing forest ecosystems for a variety of societal goals and objectives. The course will start with an examination of the ecological characteristics of forest ecosystems and their dynamics. The second section will focus on the objectives and tools of forest management in an ecological context. The final section of the course will focus on the institutions, economics and policies of forest management, with a focus on British Columbia's historical and current management issues. This course will involve lectures, group discussions, field trips, and exercises. Prerequisite: At least one of REM 311, BISC 304, BISC 310, BISC 404, GEOG 315, or GEOG 316.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ken Lertzman
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D102
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D103
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5035, Burnaby

and additional upper division (300 and 400 division) units in geography to total the required 32 units minimum.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.