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Department of Geography Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Geography Honours

Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Program entry requires the approval of the department and an admission GPA of 3.00.

Minimum Grade Requirements

To graduate with honours, students must have a grade point average of not less than 3.00.

Program Requirements

A total of 132 units is required, of which 60 must be at the upper division.

Transfer students may enter the program before fulfilling all lower division requirements. See the advisor as soon as possible about program entry.

Students should consult with the advisor when formally declaring a geography major, or risk prolonging their program.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 18 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 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

and one of

GEOG 213 - Introduction to Geomorphology (3)

An examination of landforms, processes, laws, and theories of development; types and distributions. Prerequisite: GEOG 111 or EASC 101. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Christina Neudorf
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SECB 1013, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D102
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D103
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
GEOG 214 - Weather and Climate (3)

An examination of the basic principles and processes governing the Earth's weather and climate. Topics include: radiation, greenhouse effect, clouds, precipitation, atmospheric circulation, mid-latitude cyclones, tropical storms, climate change. Prerequisite: GEOG 111. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kirsten Zickfeld
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D101
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 2111, Burnaby
D102
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
D103
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2109, 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

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

In addition, GEOG 261-3 is strongly recommended to students who intend to take upper division courses in urban geography.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete 50 units of 300 and 400 division courses in geography within one of the following two concentrations.

Society and Environment Concentration

Students choosing this concentration complete one of

GEOG 300 - Possible Worlds: The Rise of Geographical Thinking (4)

A survey of geographical thinking within the Western tradition, from the Greeks to modern times. This course looks at efforts, both mainstream and eccentric, to describe and explain the world (places, peoples, environments, Earth). Extensive use of primary texts. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 units.

and two of

GEOG 325 - Geographies of Consumption (4)

Spaces, places, landscapes, and scales of consumption emphasizing commodity cultures, marketing, retail, ideology, subjectivity, objects, technology, and tourism. Prerequisite: GEOG 221 or 261.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Kingsbury
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D102
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D103
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D104
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
GEOG 362 - Geography of Urban Built Environments (4)

Current concepts and approaches in urban geography regarding the development of built environments. Central concerns are the relationships between urbanization and the state, capital, and civil society at various scales. Prerequisite: At least 30 units, including one of GEOG 221, 241, or 261. Students with credit for GEOG 362W may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 363 - Urban Planning and Policy (4)

An introduction to the major approaches and key ideas of the professions of urban governance; urban planning and urban policy. Through a focus on contemporary theory, process-based understanding, and specific issues and examples, the course examines key trends and interventions and promotes critical reflection on urban development. Prerequisite: 30 units, including one of GEOG 221 or 241 or 261; or enrollment in the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Community Development.

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 381 - Territory, Power, State (4)

Surveys the manner in which power relations are expressed territorially. Attention given to such topics as state sovereignty, colonialism, rights, and law. Prerequisite: GEOG 241. Students with credit for GEOG 381W 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 386 - Health Geography (4)

A survey of health issues from a geographic perspective, including major spatial influences shaping the health status of populations and health-place relationships. Prerequisite: at least 30 units, including either GEOG 241 or HSCI 130.

GEOG 387 - Geography and Gender (4)

Geographical perspectives on gender and sexuality. This course investigates feminist theory in geography and its analysis of home, city, nation, state, global economy, colonialism, and migration. Prerequisite: GEOG 241.

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 420 - Cultural Geography (4)

A critical study of selected cultural landscapes, practices and meanings in light of recent theoretical developments in geography. Prerequisite: GEOG 325 or 381 or 387.

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 440 - Property, Land, Society (4)

An examination of property, particularly in relation to land, with an emphasis on its social, political, and spatial dimensions. Prerequisite: 60 units, including eight of upper division geography. Students with credit for GEOG 440W may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 442 - A World of Cities (4)

An exploration of how cities shape the contemporary globalized world, focusing on key contemporary academic approaches. Highlights geographical and multi-disciplinary work on global-urban relations, networks, structures, and mobilities. Prerequisite: 60 credit hours, including Geog 362. Students who have taken GEOG 442 STT, Global Cities, may not take this course for further credit.

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.

GEOG 486 - Health Care Geographies (4)

An in-depth examination of health care and health services from a health geography perspective, including place-based considerations of care spaces, health human resources, and new forms of health care. Prerequisite: GEOG 386 or HSCI 305.

and

GEOG 491 - Honours Essay (4)

All candidates for honours will be required to submit a major paper on a geographical topic to be selected in consultation with the department. Prerequisite: 105 units and consent of supervisor. See a departmental academic advisor for details.

and any four other courses from the full list of 300 and 400 level geography courses

and any further courses to achieve 50 upper division units in geography.

Resources, Economy, and Environment Concentration

Students choosing this concentration complete one of

GEOG 300 - Possible Worlds: The Rise of Geographical Thinking (4)

A survey of geographical thinking within the Western tradition, from the Greeks to modern times. This course looks at efforts, both mainstream and eccentric, to describe and explain the world (places, peoples, environments, Earth). Extensive use of primary texts. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 units.

and two of

GEOG 321 - Geographies of Global Capitalism (4)

Examines the historical development, spatial organization, and social impact of market function, firm structure and operation, economic policy, and regulation and deregulation at various scales from local to global, from a geographical perspective. Prerequisite: GEOG 221. Students who received credit for GEOG 321 (STT), Contemporary Capitalism, in Spring 2010, may not take this course for further credit.

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 323 - Industrial Location (4)

An examination of the factors affecting industrial location and the geographic organization of production systems within and among firms from the perspectives of national, regional and urban development. Prerequisite: GEOG 221.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Patrick Brouder
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4150, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D102
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
GEOG 324 - Geography of Transportation (4)

An empirical and theoretical examination of the geographical aspects of transportation systems. Prerequisite: GEOG 221 or 241.

GEOG 327 - Geography of Tourism (4)

Factors underlying the changing geography of tourism. Issues of demand, supply and impact are examined. Prerequisite: GEOG 221 or 241, or permission of the instructor.

GEOG 383 - Regional Development and Planning (4)

Theories and concepts of regional development and planning in the advanced capitalist and third worlds; methods of spatial analysis. Prerequisite: GEOG 221 and GEOG 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 2925, 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

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 421 - Geographical Political Economy (4)

Examines the historical development of the material spaces and places affected by changing capitalist dynamics and the dominant theories through which they are explained, legitimized, and criticized, from a geographical perspective. Prerequisite: GEOG 321. Students who received credit for GEOG 421 (STT), Advanced Contemporary Capitalism, may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Geoffrey Mann
Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
E101
Th 7:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
E102
Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
GEOG 424 - Cities, Transportation, Infrastructure (4)

An exploration of the relationships between the development of cities, transportation, and infrastructure from an economic geography perspective. Greater Vancouver provides a location to explore, apply, and critique the theoretical perspectives presented in seminar. Prerequisite: One of GEOG 323, 324, 362, or 363.

GEOG 427 - Selected Topics in the Geography of Tourism (4)

Selected topics in the geography of tourism. Topics emphasize policy, planning and management issues associated with tourism. Prerequisite: GEOG 327, or permission of the instructor.

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 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.

and

GEOG 491 - Honours Essay (4)

All candidates for honours will be required to submit a major paper on a geographical topic to be selected in consultation with the department. Prerequisite: 105 units and consent of supervisor. See a departmental academic advisor for details.

and any four other courses from the full list of 300 and 400 level geography courses

and any further courses to achieve 50 upper division units in geography.

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.