Bachelor of Science, Minor in Earth Science

Geography

  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo


The Program

The Bachelor of Science, Minor in Geography provides students with a broad foundation in physical geography and an introduction to geographical information systems (GIS). The program focuses on the study of the distribution of biophysical phenomena (climate, land, plants, animals, water), on Earth and examines the processes that control their origin and evolution.

Students have the opportunity to develop skills in research methods, geographic communication, modeling spatial data, and producing and analyzing maps using GIS. The program is of special interest to those who wish to pursue a career in environmental science or education. It is ideally suited for students studying earth sciences, biology, forestry or ecology.

Note: First-year science courses have specific prerequisites. A minimum grade of “B” in either Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12 is required for either MATH 100 or MATH 121.

Program Outline

Requirements for a Minor

Students must fulfill all Institutional B.Sc. Degree Requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below:

Years 1 and 2Credits

GEOG 101 - (Environmental Geography)

3

GEOG 211 - (Atmospheric Environments)

3

GEOG 212 - (Earth Environments)

3

GEOG 226 - (Introductory Spatial Analysis for the Environmental Sciences) or, 
GEOG 228 - (Spatial Analysis)

3

MATH 211 - (Statistics I)

3

Note: Students may not obtain credit for MATH 151 or 152 as part of a B.Sc. degree.

Years 3 and 4Credits

GEOG 322 - (Geographic Communication)

3

GEOG 328 - (Geographic Information Systems)

3

Select three courses from the following:
GEOG 372 - (Climatology) 
GEOG 373 - (Biogeography) 
GEOG 374 - (Hydrology)
GEOG 376 - (Geomorphology)

9

One upper–level GEOG elective

3

Updated 
Monday, April 22, 2013
Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $144.86 per credit)

4,345.80

Student Activity fee (30 credits x $5.79 per credit)

173.70

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.4 per credit)

192.00

VIU Students' Union fee (2 semesters x $76.48 per semester)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.)

1,500.00

Total

6,639.46

Notes

*  The above table is based on ten 3–credit courses taken over two semesters. For programs that require 4–credit courses, students should adjust the fee totals accordingly.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $20.81 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (2 semesters x $76.48 per semester)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.)

1,500.00

Total

17,916.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $20.81 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Friday, September 1, 2017
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