Course information

Geography bridges the gaps between the natural sciences and the study of humanity. It integrates diverse fields such as economics, ecology, political studies, urban design, resource management, human health, and climatology.

Our undergraduate program has four streams:

  • Biophysical geography
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Geomatics
  • Human and development geography

See information about our courses in the UVic Calendar or check the current course timetable.

You can talk with the  to plan a program that works for you or plan your Geography Degree.

Directed Studies

In special cases, with the consent of the department and the individual instructor concerned, a student may be permitted to pursue a course of directed studies. This is an opportunity for students to perform an in-depth exploration of a specific area of research with their instructor. To register for a Directed Studies course, please bring the completed form to the Geography Office.

Special topic courses

Follow the links below for information about our current and upcoming special topic courses. Information is only available when the instructor has provided it. If a course does not appear here, contact the course instructor directly for more information.

Fall 2017

Geog 391 A01: Landscapes of the Heart (Maleea Acker)

Spring 2018

Geog 391 A02: Global Migration (CindyAnn Rose-Redwood)


Course outline links are to the most recent offering from the instructor, and are updated as they are provided.

Course Number Outline Professor
GEOG 101A ENVIRONMENT, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY PHILIP DEARDEN
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY TERESA DAWSON
GEOG 103 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 209 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT TBA
GEOG 211 POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 226 INTRO TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 228 INTRO TO REMOTE SENSING RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 252 INTRO TO COASTAL GEOGRAPHY ROSALINE CANESSA
GEOG 272 INTRO TO CLIMATOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 288 WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 303 CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY OF WHALES DAVID DUFFUS
GEOG 306 GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 309 GEOGRAPHY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 314 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT CHANGE AND HUMAN RESPONSE TBA
GEOG 319 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 325 FIELD SURVEYING IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 327 RESEARCH METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 328 GIS ANALYSIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 332 URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 339 DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 340 GEOGRAPHIES OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CITY REUBEN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 346 GEOGRAPHIES OF ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH DENISE CLOUTIER
GEOG 347B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT MARK FLAHERTY
GEOG 357 PARKS AND PROTECTED AREAS PHILIP DEARDEN
GEOG 376 PROCESS GEOMORPHOLOGY TBA
GEOG 383 PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY OF CHINA BERNARD HENIN
GEOG 386 CONTEMPORARY GEOPOLITICS CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 388 REGIONAL STUDIES: Geography of the Polar Regions RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 391 A01 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: Landscapes of the Heart MALEEA ACKER
GEOG 391 A02 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: Community Mapping TBA
GEOG 391 A03 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: Connecting Communities (Urban Europe Field School - prior acceptance to course from instructor is required) CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 404 SPACE AND POWER SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 418 ADVANCED SPATIAL ANALYSIS AND GEO-STATISTICS TBA
GEOG 422 ADVANCED TOPICS IN REMOTE SENSING OLAF NIEMANN
GEOG 477 FIELD STUDIES IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (Prior acceptance to course from instructor is required) DANIEL SMITH
Course Number Outline Instructor
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY TERESA DAWSON
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 315 (JULY) GEOCACHING SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 315 (AUGUST) GEOCACHING SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 325 FIELD SURVEYING IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 388 REGIONAL STUDIES: EUROPE (URBAN EUROPE FIELD SCHOOL) CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 391 A01 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (URBAN EUROPE FIELD SCHOOL) CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 391 A02 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: COMMUNITY MAPPING TERESA DAWSON
GEOG 453 FIELD STUDIES IN COASTAL AND MARINE RESOURCES (COASTAL FIELD SCHOOL) SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 456 WILDLIFE CONSERVATION (TOFINO FIELD SCHOOL) CHRIS DARIMONT
GEOG 474 FIELD STUDIES IN BIOGEOGRAPHY (COASTAL FIELD SCHOOL) DAVE DUFFUS
GEOG 487 ADVANCED LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY (TOFINO FIELD SCHOOL) TBA
GEOG 491 ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: WHALE GEOGRAPHY (COASTAL FIELD SCHOOL) RIANNA BURNHAM
Course Number Outline Instructor
GEOG 101A ENVIRONMENT, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY JILL HARVEY
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY TERESA DAWSON
GEOG 103 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY JOHANNES FEDDEMA
GEOG 211 POLITICAL & ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY BERNARD HENIN
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 226 INTRO TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY MARK FLAHERTY
GEOG 228 INTRO TO REMOTE SENSING RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 274 INTRO TO BIOGEOGRAPHY DAVID DUFFUS
GEOG 276 INTRO TO GEOMORPHOLOGY BRYAN MOOD
GEOG 301 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT JOHN THISTLE
GEOG 306 GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA JEN MATEER
GEOG 314 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT CHANGE AND HUMAN RESPONSE JOHN THISTLE
GEOG 319 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 322 DIGITAL REMOTE SENSING RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 323 CARTOGRAPHY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 324 DIRECTIONS IN GEOGRAPHY JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 328 GIS ANALYSIS KRISTEN KILLISTOFF
GEOG 329 GIS APPLICATIONS AND TOOLS ADAM WICKS
GEOG 339 DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE EMILY DICKEN
GEOG 353 COASTAL AND MARINE RESOURCES CHRIS DARIMONT
GEOG 355 COASTAL COMMUNITIES MALEEA ACKER
GEOG 358 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY JILL HARVEY
GEOG 370 HYDROLOGY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 371 WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT BRANDI NEWTON
GEOG 373 APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 382 GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 391 A01 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: PERSONAL SPACE - SEX, GENDER, IDENTITY TERESA DAWSON
GEOG 391 A02 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: GLOBAL WATER, SANITATION, HYGIENE FOR DEVELOPMENT NAZIM UDDIN
GEOG 406 SUSTAINABLE CITIES CRYSTAL TREMBLAY
GEOG 407 ACTIVISM AND COMMUNITY PLANNING SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 420 FIELD STUDIES IN COASTAL GEOMATICS MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 438 AQUACULTURE IN BC STEPHEN CROSS 
GEOG 448 URBAN SOCIAL GEOGRAPHIES JEN MATEER
GEOG 450 ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICE JAMIE ALLEY
GEOG 456 WILDLIFE CONSERVATION DENNIS JELINSKI
GEOG 457 MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: MANAGMENT CHALLENGES CHARLES SHORT
GEOG 476 ADVANCED STUDIES IN GEOMORPHOLOGY MIKE GRILLIOT
GEOG 484 ADVANCED STUDIES IN WEATHER AND CLIMATE DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 491 A01 ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: FOREST BIOGEOGRAPHY JILL HARVEY
GEOG 491 A02 ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOGRPAHY: BIKETORIA RAY STRAATSMA
Course Number Outline Professor
GEOG 101A ENVIRONMENT, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY PHILIP DEARDEN
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY TERESA DAWSON
GEOG 103 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 209 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT JOHN THISTLE
GEOG 218 SOCIAL AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY MALEEA ACKER
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 226 INTRO TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY MARK FLAHERTY 
GEOG 228 INTRO TO REMOTE SENSING MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 252 INTRO TO COASTAL GEOGRAPHY ROSALINE CANESSA
GEOG 272 INTRO TO CLIMATOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 303 CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY OF WHALES DAVID DUFFUS
GEOG 304 COASTAL CONSERVATION JOHN THISTLE
GEOG 306 GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA JEN MATEER
GEOG 309 GEOGRAPHY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA JOHN THISTLE
GEOG 319 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 325 FIELD SURVEYING PHIL WAKEFIELD
GEOG 327 RESEARCH METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 328 GIS ANALYSIS ADAM WICKS
GEOG 332 URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 340 GEOGRAPHY OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CITY JEN MATEER
GEOG 346 GEOGRAPHY OF ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH ALECK OSTRY
GEOG 347B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT MARK FLAHERTY 
GEOG 357 PARKS AND PROTECTED AREAS PHILIP DEARDEN
GEOG 366 MEDICAL GEOGRAPHIES ALECK OSTRY
GEOG 376 PROCESS GEOMORPHOLOGY VIC LEVSON
GEOG 383 PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL GEOG: CHINA BERNARD HENIN
GEOG 386 CONTEMPORARY GEOPOLITICS CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 388 A01 REGIONAL STUDIES: GEOGRAPHY OF THE POLAR REGIONS RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 391 A01 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: GLOBAL MIGRATION CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 391 A02 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: COMMUNITY MAPPING CHARLES BURNETT
GEOG 391 A03 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: MOUNTAIN METEOROLOGY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 391 A04 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY:  EXPLORING AGING THROUGH VISUAL MEDIA DENISE CLOUTIER
GEOG 418 ADVANCED SPATIAL ANALYSIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 422 ADVANCED TOPICS IN REMOTE SENSING OLAF NIEMANN
GEOG 428 ADVANCED TOPICS IN INFO SCIENCE ROBIN KITE
GEOG 476 ADVANCED STUDIES IN GEOMORPHOLOGY MICHAEL GRILLIOT
GEOG 477 FIELD STUDIES IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY DAN SMITH
GEOG 491 A01 ADVANCED TOPICS: SPACE AND POWER SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 491 A02 ADVANCED TOPICS: DYNAMICS OF THE CRYOSPHERE RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 491 A03 ADVANCED TOPICS: LARGE CARNIVORES & SPATIAL ECOLOGY ROBERT CRABTREE
SOSC 190 DISCOVERING THE SOCIAL SCIENCE TERESA DAWSON
Course Number Outline Professor
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 325 FIELD SURVEYING IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 388 (Field Course) REGIONAL STUDIES: CASCADIA CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 391 A01 (Field Course) TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 391 A02 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: GEOCACHING JESSICA FITTERER 
GEOG 391 A03 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: GEOCACHING ERIN LATHAM
GEOG 453 (Field Course) FIELD STUDIES IN COASTAL & MARINE RESOURCES CHRIS DARIMONT
GEOG 474 FIELD STUDIES IN BIOGEOGRAPHY RIANNA BURNHAM
GEOG 491 A01 (Field Course)

ADV. TOPICS: MICROCLIMATE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

SHANNON FARGEY & JOHANNES FEDDEMA
GEOG 491 A02 (Field Course)

ADV. TOPICS: EXPLORING HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

SHANNON FARGEY & JOHANNES FEDDEMA
Course Number Outline Instructor
GEOG 101A ENVIRONMENT, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY JOHANNES FEDDEMA
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY TERESA DAWSON
GEOG 103 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 211 POLITICAL & ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY BERNARD HENIN
GEOG 218 SOCIAL & CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY REUBEN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 226 INTRO TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY MARK FLAHERTY
GEOG 228 INTRO TO REMOTE SENSING RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 274 INTRO TO BIOGEOGRAPHY JILLIAN HARVEY 
GEOG 276 INTRO TO GEOMORPHOLOGY DAN SMITH 
GEOG 301 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT CAMERON OWENS 
GEOG 306 GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA JENNIFER MATEER
GEOG 323 CARTOGRAPHY IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 324 DIRECTIONS IN GEOGRAPHY JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 328 GIS ANALYSIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 329 GIS APPLICATIONS AND TOOLS IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 353 COASTAL AND MARINE RESOURCES CHRIS DARIMONT
GEOG 355 COASTAL COMMUNITIES CAMERON OWENS 
GEOG 370 HYDROLOGY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 371 WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT MICHELE-LEE MOORE
GEOG 373 APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 382 GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 386 CONTEMPORARY GEOPOLITICS CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 388 A01 REGIONAL STUDIES: THE CARIBBEAN CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 391 A01 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: INDIGENOUS GEOGRAPHY NICHOLAS CLAXTON
GEOG 391 A02 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: TRANSPORTATION GEOGRAPHIES LINDSAY CHASE
GEOG 391 A03 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: GEOGRAPHIES OF FOOD JENNIFER BAGELMAN
GEOG 391 A04 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: EXPLORING AGING THROUGH VISUAL MEDIA KAREN KOBAYASHI
GEOG 407 ACTIVISM AND COMMUNITY PLANNING SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 422 ADVANCED TOPICS IN REMOTE SENSING EDUARDO LOOS
GEOG 438 AQUACULTURE IN BC STEPHEN CROSS 
GEOG 450 ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICE JAMIE ALLEY
GEOG 457 MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: MANAGMENT CHALLENGES CHARLES SHORT
GEOG 476 ADVANCED STUDIES IN GEOMORPHOLOGY MICHAEL GRILLIOT
GEOG 484 ADVANCED STUDIES IN WEATHER AND CLIMATE DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 491 A01 ADVANCED TOPICS IN HEALTH AND PLACE DENISE CLOUTIER
GEOG 491 A02 ADVANCED TOPICS IN DYNAMICS OF THE CRYOSPHERE RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 491 A03 ADVANCED TOPICS IN FOREST BIOGEOGRAPHY JILLIAN HARVEY
GEOG 491 A04 ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: #BIKETORIA CAMERON OWENS & TRISALYN NELSON
Course Number Outline Professor
GEOG 101A ENVIRONMENT, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY PHILIP DEARDEN
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 103 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY IAN WALKER 
GEOG 209 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT MICHELE-LEE MOORE
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 226 INTRO TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY MARK FLAHERTY 
GEOG 228 INTRO TO REMOTE SENSING OLAF NIEMANN
GEOG 252 INTRO TO COASTAL GEOGRAPHY ROSALINE CANESSA
GEOG 272 INTRO TO CLIMATOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 303 CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY OF WHALES RIANNA BURNHAM
GEOG 306 GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA CAMERON OWENS 
GEOG 309 GEOGRAPHY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 314 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT CHANGE AND HUMAN RESPONSE SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 319 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 325 FIELD SURVEYING IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 328 GIS ANALYSIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 332 URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 339 DISASTER MANAGEMENT SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 340 GEOGRAPHY OF THE CITY REUBEN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 346 GEOGRAPHY OF ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH ALECK OSTRY
GEOG 347B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT MARK FLAHERTY 
GEOG 357 PARKS AND PROTECTED AREAS PHILIP DEARDEN
GEOG 366 MEDICAL GEOGRAPHIES ALECK OSTRY
GEOG 376 PROCESS GEOMORPHOLOGY JORDAN EAMER
GEOG 383 PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL GEOG: CHINA BERNARD HENIN
GEOG 386 CONTEMPORARY GEOPOLITICS CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 388 A01 REGIONAL STUDIES: WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 388 A02 REGIONAL STUDIES: SOUTH AMERICA JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 388 A03 REGIONAL STUDIES: POLAR REGIONS RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 391 A01 SPECIAL TOPICS: MICROWAVE REMOTE SENSING RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 391 A02 SPECIAL TOPICS: MAPPING EDIBLE GEOGRAPHIES JENNIFER BAGELMAN
GEOG 391 A03 WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY MICHELE-LEE MOORE
GEOG 406 SUSTAINABLE CITIES CAMERON OWENS 
GEOG 418 ADVANCED SPATIAL ANALYSIS TRISALYN NELSON
GEOG 420 FIELD STUDIES IN COASTAL GEOMATICS MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 428 ADVANCED TOPICS IN INFO SCIENCE ROBIN KITE
GEOG 448 URBAN SOCIAL GEOGRAPHIES REUBEN ROSE-REDWOOD
GEOG 477 FIELD STUDIES IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY DAN SMITH
GEOG 491 ADVANCED TOPICS IN SPACE AND POWER SIMON SPRINGER
Course Number Outline Professor
GEOG 103 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 314 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT CHANGE AND HUMAN RESPONSE SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 325 FIELD SURVEYING IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 391 A01 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 391 A02 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY:  CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 391 A04 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: GEOCACHING CATHRYN BRANDON
GEOG 424 FIELD STUDIES IN COASTAL GEOMORPHOLOGY JAMES GARDNER
GEOG 456 WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CHRIS DARIMONT
GEOG 457 MARINE PROTECTED AREAS CHARLES SHORT
GEOG 474 FIELD STUDIES IN BIOGEOGRAPHY DAVE DUFFUS
Course Number Outline Professor
GEOG 101A ENVIRONMENT, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY JILLIAN HARVEY
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY TERESA DAWSON
GEOG 103 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 211 ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY NICHOLAS LYNCH
GEOG 218 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY JENNIFER BAGELMAN
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 226 INTRO TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY MARK FLAHERTY
GEOG 228 INTRO TO REMOTE SENSING OLAF NIEMANN
GEOG 274 INTRO TO BIOGEOGRAPHY DAVE DUFFUS 
GEOG 276 INTRO TO GEOMORPHOLOGY DAN SMITH 
GEOG 301 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT CAMERON OWENS 
GEOG 304 COASTAL CONSERVATION CHRIS DARIMONT
GEOG 306 GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA JENNIFER MATEER
GEOG 319 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 322 DIGITAL REMOTE SENSING OLAF NIEMANN
GEOG 323 CARTOGRAPHY IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 324 DIRECTIONS IN GEOGRAPHY DAVE DUFFUS 
GEOG 328 GIS ANALYSIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 329 GIS APPLICATIONS AND TOOLS IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 353 COASTAL AND MARINE RESOURCES CHRIS DARIMONT
GEOG 370 HYDROLOGY SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 371 WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT BETHANY COULTHARD 
GEOG 373 APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 382 GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 388 A01 REGIONAL STUDIES: ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 388 A02 REGIONAL STUDIES: LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN BERNARD HENIN
GEOG 391 A01 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: NEW MEDIA NICHOLAS LYNCH
GEOG 391 A02 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY MICHELE-LEE MOORE
GEOG 391 A03 TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY: GEOCACHING CATHRYN BRANDON
GEOG 406 SUSTAINABLE CITIES CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 407 ACTIVISM AND COMMUNITY PLANNING SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 420 FIELD STUDIES IN COASTAL GEOMATICS MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 424 FIELD STUDIES: COASTAL GEOMORPHOLOGY IAN WALKER
GEOG 438 AQUACULTURE IN BC STEPHEN CROSS 
GEOG 448 URBAN SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY  NICHOLAS LYNCH 
GEOG 450 ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICE JAMIE ALLEY
GEOG 456 WILDLIFE CONSERVATION DENNIS JELINSKI
GEOG 457 MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: MANAGMENT CHALLENGES CHARLES SHORT
GEOG 484 ADVANCED STUDIES IN WEATHER AND CLIMATE DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 491 A01 ADVANCED TOPICS IN HEALTH AND PLACE DENISE CLOUTIER
GEOG 491 A02 ADVANCED TOPICS IN SNOW AND ICE HYDROLOGY RANDALL SCHARIEN
Course Number Outline Professor
GEOG 101A ENVIRONMENT, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY PHILIP DEARDEN
GEOG 101B INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 103 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY IAN WALKER 
GEOG 209 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT CAMERON OWENS 
GEOG 222 INTRO TO MAPS AND GIS IAN O'CONNELL
GEOG 226 INTRO TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY MARK FLAHERTY 
GEOG 228 INTRO TO REMOTE SENSING OLAF NIEMANN
GEOG 252 INTRO TO COASTAL GEOGRAPHY ROSALINE CANESSA
GEOG 272 INTRO TO CLIMATOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY DAVID ATKINSON 
GEOG 303 CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY OF WHALES DAVE DUFFUS 
GEOG 306 GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA CAMERON OWENS 
GEOG 309 GEOGRAPHY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CAMERON OWENS
GEOG 314 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT CHANGE AND HUMAN RESPONSE SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 319 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT MAYCIRA COSTA
GEOG 325 FIELD SURVEYING IAN O'CONNELL 
GEOG 327 RESEARCH METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 328 GIS ANALYSIS SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 332 URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH JUTTA GUTBERLET
GEOG 339 DISASTER MANAGEMENT SHANNON FARGEY
GEOG 340 GEOGRAPHY OF THE CITY NICHOLAS LYNCH
GEOG 346 GEOGRAPHY OF ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH ELEANOR SETTON
GEOG 347B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT MARK FLAHERTY 
GEOG 357 PARKS AND PROTECTED AREAS PHILIP DEARDEN
GEOG 376 PROCESS GEOMORPHOLOGY DAN SHUGAR
GEOG 383 PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL GEOG: CHINA BERNARD HENIN
GEOG 388 A02 REGIONAL STUDIES: EUROPE NICHOLAS LYNCH
GEOG 391 SPECIAL TOPICS: EXPLORING AGING THROUGH MEDIA HOLLY TUOKKO
GEOG 418 ADVANCED SPATIAL ANALYSIS TRISALYN NELSON
GEOG 422 ADVANCED TOPICS IN DIGITAL REMOTE SENSING OLAF NIEMANN
GEOG 428 ADVANCED TOPICS IN INFO SCIENCE ROSALINE CANESSA
GEOG 476 ADVANCED STUDIES IN GEOMORPHOLOGY JORDAN EAMER
GEOG 477 FIELD STUDIES IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY DAN SMITH
GEOG 491 A01 ADVANCED TOPICS IN SPACE AND POWER SIMON SPRINGER
GEOG 491 A02 ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERPRETING THE SUBURBAN LANDSCAPE NICHOLAS LYNCH
GEOG 491 A03 ADVANCED TOPICS IN MICROWAVE REMOTE SENSING RANDALL SCHARIEN
GEOG 491 A04 ADVANCED TOPICS IN FOREST BIOGEOGRAPHY JILLIAN HARVEY

We have a range of degree options. You can take a general degree that crosses the spectrum of geography or concentrate on one (or more) subdiscipline:

The biophysical stream offers a wide range of programs and interests designed to provide students with exposure to processes operating, currently and historically, to shape our physical environment.

Our main strengths lie in the areas of:

  • Biogeography (holocene and quaternary landscape ecology, marine biogeography)
  • Coastal processes
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrology
  • Climatology

In addition, we provide strong linkages to geomatics (remote sensing and GI sciences), resources management, tourism, and climate change, which complement many biophysical interests.

The Environment and Sustainability stream offers students an opportunity to specialize in natural resource management, environmental science and policy, and sustainable development.

Students are exposed to basic principles of natural resource management, biophysical processes, and socio-economic systems and from there are able to focus on coastal processes, global environmental change, or specific resource sectors (water, energy, protected areas, or aquaculture).

There is a close link between the Environment and Sustainability stream and the other specialties in the department. Many of the faculty teaching in this area are involved in international work, with projects in Brazil, Mozambique, Thailand, Cambodia, Tanzania, Ghana, and Iraq. These experiences provide an international context for teaching Environment and Sustainability, and students can become involved as research assistants on these projects.

Class work might focus on community initiatives, Canadian resource issues, or global processes, and students in this stream – as in all of Geography – are very involved in community sustainability initiatives and green initiatives on campus, in Victoria, and throughout Canada.

Geomatics is one of the world's fastest growing information technology sectors. This exciting field brings together many related disciplines, including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (satellite imaging), surveying (including global positioning systems – GPS), cartography, and spatial analysis.

Geomatics is the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic information. This broad term applies both to science and technology and integrates the following more specific disciplines and technologies:

  • Geodesy
  • Surveying
  • Mapping
  • Positioning
  • Navigation
  • Cartography
  • Remote sensing
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geographic information systems
  • Global positioning systems

UVic offers two Geomatics program options:

  • Major in Geography (BA and BSc) (Geomatics concentration)
  • Combined Program in Geography and Computer Science (Geomatics)

The Human stream in Geography can provide significant contributions to addressing pressing crosscutting socio-cultural and economic topics of the increasingly complex world. This stream is situated between the humanities and social sciences.

The research and teaching in Human Geography is highly variable and focuses on topics ranging from urban development and planning to community-based livelihood studies, co-management and solidarity economy, or the gendering of spaces.

The department offers courses and specialization in health, urban, social and development geography, tourism, resource management, and regional studies, among others. The research conducted out of the department happens locally, but also in different regions and continents.

The wide range of methodological possibilities attests the trans-disciplinary character of human geography, engaging in qualitative and quantitative multi-methods.

We teach research tools such as community mapping, participatory surveys, focus groups, interviewing, video documenting, photo voice, and secondary data analysis. Our courses often include laboratory sessions to provide the opportunity for direct learning experiences.