This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2018 to April 2019.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2018-2019, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


GEOG 803.3 — 1/2(S)
Research in Geography

The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to theoretical and practical issues in geographical research. Its specific objective is to demonstrate and promote professional practices in geography culminating in a research plan that will serve as the basis for developing a graduate research proposal.

Note: Required for M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

GEOG 822.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Geographic Information Science

Geographic Information Science is the systematic study and theory of digital representations of the Earth, and the processes that can be applied to that information. Students will explore contemporary theory and research in GIScience to better understand how technology can be used for geographic inquiry.

Prerequisite(s): Training in GIS, Cartography, or related technical or theoretical area.

GEOG 823.3 — 1/2(3L-2P)
Field and Laboratory Techniques in Remote Sensing

There are three major parts to this course: class discussion, field data collection, and a research project. A topic is assigned for weekly in-class discussion. One time field data collection will be arranged including using spectroradiometer and LAI-2000 instruments. Each student must finish a research project.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 423 or permission of the department.

GEOG 827.3 — 1/2(1L-2S)
Principles of Hydrology

A seminar course designed to explore recent developments in hydrology. Topics to be covered at the discretion of the instructor.

GEOG 829.3 — 2(1L-1S-1P)
Professional Practice in Water Security

This short course emphasizes integrative science and professional practice for NSERC CREA TE for Water Security students.

Permission of the instructor required

GEOG 845.3 — 1/2(2L)
Advanced Urban Geography

A survey of various theories of social and policy planning and their application to the geographical organization and planning of Canadian communities. The emphasis of this course lies on the links between political, economic and social processes within urban areas.

GEOG 849.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Planning with Indigenous Communities

The course focuses on the theory and methods of indigenous community planning in reserve, rural, urban, northern, and international contexts. Students will apply course content in classroom discussions and to produce a research essay. Guest lectures from practitioners and a field trip are additional highlights to the learning experience.

Note: Students with credit for PLAN 445 will not receive credit for this course.

GEOG 880.3 — 1/2(3S)
Environmental Geographies

Introduces a range of philosophical perspectives, topical issues, and methodological approaches to studies in environmental geography. Considers research focused on applied research about management strategies and policy making as well as theoretical work focused on politics associated with environmental problems. Also examines possible synergies between the two.

Permission of instructor required.

GEOG 886.3 — 1/2(3S)
Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment

A project-based course focusing on emerging concepts and broader applications of environmental assessment principles and practices. Course topics varying from year to year following developments in the field, and may include such topics as cumulative effects assessment, strategic environmental assessment, project scooping, assessment methods and techniques, monitoring and follow-up.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 386; or 6 credit units in advanced environmental management; or permission of the instructor.

GEOG 898.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

A reading course for graduate students focusing on areas for which there is no regular graduate course or for making up the deficiencies in the research program.

GEOG 899.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.