Bachelor of Science - Geography

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

Program description

This curriculum teaches you about Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere (crust and upper mantle), hydrosphere (total water), and biosphere. You'll learn how seas, rivers, lakes, mountains, glaciers, forests, ecosystems, weather, and climate are connected.

Geography (BSc) focuses on earth science. In your first two years, take biology, physics, chemistry, arithmetic, and coding. The third and fourth years cover weather and climate, snow and ice, mountains, hydrology, geomorphology, soils and weathering, and geomatics. Anthropology, environmental science, and natural resources management electives allow students to explore their interests.

Field courses in southern California and British Columbia allow you to apply your knowledge and skills in a range of stunning natural surroundings.

Program structure

Lower Division

100 Level

  • Introductory Biology II
  • Introductory Biology II Laboratory
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Lab I
  • General Chemistry Lab II
  • Planet Earth
  • Earth from Above
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus for Non-majors
  • Introduction to Physics I
  • Introductory Physics I: Mechanics

200 Level

  • Weather and Climate
  • Introduction to Soil Science
  • British Columbia: People and Places
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Cartography and Geomatics
  • Introduction to Earth Science
  • Natural Hazards: Human and Environmental Dimensions
  • Earth Science Careers
  • Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
  • Introduction to Environmental Data Analysis
  • Basic Statistics

Upper Division

300 Level

  • Intermediate GIS
  • Hydrology
  • Drainage Basin Geomorphology
  • Earth's Critical Zone
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing

Two of the following:

  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Biometeorology
  • Soil Physical Processes and the Environment
  • Soil Formation and Classification
  • Forest Soils
  • Soil Formation and Classification
  • Geography Field School

400 Level

Three of the following:

  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Quaternary and Surficial Geology
  • Advanced GIS
  • Mountains
  • Undergraduate Thesis
  • Advanced Geospatial Analysis
  • Advanced Remote Sensing
  • 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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