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Geography (BSc)


  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Minor
  • 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 320 - (Planning and Management of Parks and Protected Areas)

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 
Thursday, April 8, 2021

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 $156.80 per credit)

4,704.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

188.16

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit)

207.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 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

7,042.26

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 $22.52 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

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 $8700.00 per semester)

17,400.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $389.40 per semester)

778.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 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

20,121.00

Notes

Tuition in the above table is based on a maximum of 15 credits at $725.00 per credit, up to a maximum of $8,700.00 per semester for 12-15 credits; $725.00 per credit beyond 15 credits. Ancillary Fees in the above table are based on a maximum of 15 credits at $32.45 per credit, up to a maximum of $389.40 per semester for 12-15 credits; $32.45 per credit beyond 15 credits.

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 $22.52 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Monday, August 16, 2021

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Amelia Coyne
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 4014
Email: Amelia.Coyne@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
Sep 6, 2022
Accepting International Applications
Yes
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