The physical geography program examines the interaction between humans and nature, and allows students to see how this interaction modifies our landscape, region, planet and environment. Students learn to understand climate change and resource management while acquiring practical skills in geomorphology, geology, physical geography and human geography. They are also taught aerial photography, remote sensing, computer science, image treatment and geographic information systems (GIS). Graduates of the program can earn professional certification in environmental geoscience from the Association of Geoscientists of Ontario.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The extended French stream is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

This program satisfies the academic requirements of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

This program is currently under revision. At this time, we are not accepting applications.

BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Workshop in Essay Writing
Technical Report Writing
GEG 1301The Physical Environment3 Units
GEO 1111Introduction to Earth Systems3 Units
GEO 1115Introduction to Earth Materials3 Units
MAT 1330Calculus for the Life Sciences I3 Units
MAT 1332Calculus for the Life Sciences II3 Units
PHY 1121Fundamentals of Physics I3 Units
PHY 1122Fundamentals of Physics II3 Units
GEG 2301Geomorphology3 Units
GEG 2304Climatology3 Units
GEG 2320Introduction to Geomatics3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Quaternary Geology and Climate Change
Quaternary Paleogeography
MAT 2379Introduction to Biostatistics3 Units
GEG 3102Hydrology3 Units
GEG 3105Remote Sensing3 Units
GEG 4010Directed Research in Physical Geography6 Units
GEG 4921Physical Geography Field Camp3 Units
12 optional course units from:12 Units
Introduction to Mineralogy
Analytical Methods in Mineralogy
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Environmental Geology
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Igneous Petrology
Siliciclastic Sedimentology
Introduction to Hydrogeology
Geological Data Analysis
Advanced Physical Hydrogeology
Natural and Contaminant Groundwater Geochemistry
Quantitative Analysis in Geology
12 optional course units from the list of optional courses12 Units
9 optional course units in geography (GEG) at the 4000 level from the list of optional courses 19 Units
9 optional course units in geography (GEG) other than those listed in the list of optional courses9 Units
15 elective course units15 Units
Total: 120 Units



GEG 4000 and GEG 4001 cannot be counted towards this requirement.

List of Optional Courses

GEG 3101Advanced Geomorphology3 Units
GEG 3114Biogeography3 Units
GEG 3300Selected Topics in Physical Geography3 Units
GEG 3302Natural Resource and Environmental Management3 Units
GEG 3312Advanced GIS3 Units
GEG 4000Field Research6 Units
GEG 4001Northern Field Research 16 Units
GEG 4100Glaciology3 Units
GEG 4101Permafrost Environments3 Units
GEG 4118Environmental Impact Assessment3 Units
GEG 4120GIS and Numerical Spatial Analysis3 Units
GEG 4121Applications of GIS in Natural and Social Sciences3 Units
GEG 4126Seminar in Physical Geography3 Units
GEG 4129Global Climate Change3 Units


1This course requires a prerequisite which is not included in the program.