Program calendar icon Program Length

  • 4 Years

Program credential icon Credential

  • Bachelor Degree

Program option icon Options

  • Minor

Program location icon Location Offered

  • Nanaimo

The Geography (BSc) 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.

Requirements for a Minor

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

Years 1 and 2 Credits

GEOG 101 - (Environmental Geography)

3

GEOG 211 - (Atmospheric Environments)

3

GEOG 212 - (Earth Environments)

3

GEOG 228 - (Maps and Mapping)

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 4 Credits

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

Two upper–level GEOG electives

6

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

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 $163.14 per credit) 4,894.20
Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 195.77
Student Services fee (30 credits x $7.21 per credit) 216.30
VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $26.59 per month) 212.72
Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year) 265.00
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
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 VIUSU Health and Dental Plan fee is assessed for all students enrolled in 6 credits or more per term, or in Trades/Vocational programs of 5 months or longer.

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $23.43 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are expected to increase by 2% each year on April 1.


International Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

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 $10870.72 per semester) 21,741.44
Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $463.40 per semester) 926.80
VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $26.59 per month) 212.72
Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year) 265.00
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
Notes

Tuition in the above table is based on $776.48 per credit, up to a maximum of $10,870.72 per semester for 15 credits; $776.48 per credit beyond 15 credits. Ancillary Fees in the above table are based on $33.10 per credit, up to a maximum of $463.40 per semester for 15 credits; $33.10 per credit beyond 15 credits.

The VIUSU Health and Dental Plan fee is assessed for all students enrolled in 6 credits or more per term, or in Trades/Vocational programs of 5 months or longer.

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $23.43 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are expected to increase by 2% each year on April 1.

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Application Fee:
$44.27
Testing Required:
No
Admissions Assistant:
Name: Erica Ellenchuk
Phone: 250.746.3512
Email: Erica.Ellenchuk@viu.ca
Comments:

Questions about becoming a student can be directed to the Office of Future Students at 250 740-6672 or email Connect@viu.ca.

International

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today:
Application Fee:
$150.00
Accepting Late Applications:
Yes
Testing Required:
No
International Admissions Officer Contact:
Name: Yuzo Ishida
Email: Study@viu.ca
Comments:

For prospective international applicants, please send your inquires to World VIU at WorldVIU@viu.ca.

Further information on this program can be found on the Department website.

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