Bachelor of Arts - Geography

4 years
22,460 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
University of Northern British Columbia

Program description

In northern environments, this program focuses on community development, social justice, environmental equity, and population health.

Using the most recent Geographical Information System (GIS) technology, social science methodology, and spatial analysis, investigate the dynamics of place-making in a global context.

Apply principles of sustainability, respect, and cultural awareness to your work in the lab, classroom, and field.

Program structure

Lower Division

100 Level

  • Planet Earth
  • Earth from Above

200 Level

  • British Columbia: People and Places
  • Canada: Places, Cultures and Identities
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Introduction to Earth Science
  • Basic Statistics
  • Statistics for Business and the Social Sciences

Four of the following:

  • Resources, Economics and Sustainability
  • Cartography and Geomatics
  • Social Geography
  • Migration and Development
  • Natural Hazards: Human and Environmental Dimensions
  • World Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • World Regions: Russia
  • Special Topics

Upper Division

300 Level

  • Social Research Methods
  • Community-Based Research

Five of the following:

  • Intermediate GIS
  • Cultural Geography
  • Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
  • Critical Development Geographies
  • Changing Arctic: Human and Environmental Systems
  • Health Geography
  • Geography Field School 

400 Level

  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Environmental and Professional Ethics

Five of the following:

  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Tenure, Conflict, and Resource Geography
  • First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
  • Advanced GIS
  • Mountains
  • Environmental Justice
  • Northern Communities
  • Geographies of Culture, Rights and Power
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Studies


  • Tuition* 22,460 CAD
  • Student Fees* 1,690 CAD
  • Books* 1,600 CAD

*Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.


Requirements for applicants

  • Meet UNBC's English language requirements
  • Meet the international admission requirements by country or meet the admission with a General Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • Complete the required high school course equivalencies outlined in the Domestic tab prior.

About the university

One of Canada's top universities, UNBC is situated in the breathtaking scenery of northern British Columbia.

Excellent undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities are offered by UNBC in the areas of cultures, economics, health, sciences, and the environment. We share the exhilaration of new knowledge with our students and the results of our teaching and research with the world as one of British Columbia's research-intensive institutions. UNBC is a welcome place with a warm, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in addition to cultivating and celebrating academic excellence.

The University of the North by and for the North is UNBC. Our students, alumni, teachers, staff, and the communities we serve all feel a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure as a result of our goal. We are also Canada's Green UniversityTM, paving the road for everyone's future to be more sustainable.


To affect people's lives and communities in the North and around the world while being Canada's top destination university in terms of personal character.


To have an impact on the world today and inspire future leaders.

UNBC's Academic Structure

  1. Faculty of Environment
  2. Faculty of Business and Economics
  3. Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
  4. Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering
  6. Division of Medical Sciences

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