Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Geography

Explore human and physical landscapes and their interconnections on the surface of the earth.

Geography Undergraduate Program Professor Fes de Scally leads field courses in the Rocky Mountains.

What You Need to Know

Why study geography at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. Career options in the field of geography are wide-ranging and include climatologist, water resources manager and environmental impacts assessment specialist, to heritage planner and land developer.

Access to professors
Smaller class sizes means that your professors are easily accessible. Visit your prof during office hours, apply to be a research assistant, carry out independent research, or volunteer to assist with research at one of our institutes, centres or labs.

Field research
Work closely with classmates and professors while getting firsthand field experience in locations such as the Canadian Rockies, where students can participate in courses such as management of mountain hazards.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in geography, the study of human and physical landscapes and their interconnections on the surface of the Earth.

Geography is a unique academic discipline because of its ability to integrate ideas and methods from many disciplines. It also concerns "spatial" or areal patterns, relationships and processes on the Earth's surface, and a focus on environmental studies. One of the strengths of geography is to encourage a holistic or "big picture" view of complex human-environmental problems.

The geography program at UBC Okanagan emphasizes the development of theory, methodology, and the practical application of geographical concepts and tools to environmental, economic, social and cultural problems, with emphasis on issues pertinent to southern BC and Canada.

UBC Okanagan offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in geography. You may graduate with a major or minor in geography.

Courses

UBC Okanagan’s geography program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover social, natural and environmental sciences training.

Sample courses:

  • GEOG 272 — Cartography and Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 316 — Geography of Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 353 — Geographies of Migration and Settlement
  • GEOG 414 — Applied Climatology

Click here to browse geography courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links take you to geography program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Learn about graduate studies in community, culture and global Studies and physical geography.

Visit the community, culture and global studies homepage and the physical geography homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Prerequisites

British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the bachelor of arts degrees. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program. 

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc

Students are encouraged to declare their major in geography at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for admission requirements: BA Geography.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate Geography studies, and explore job opportunities ranging from climatologist, water resources manager and environmental impacts assessment specialist, to heritage planner and land developer.

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Occupations

  • Air photo interpreter
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Community development specialist
  • Cultural resource specialist
  • Demographer
  • Ecotourism manager
  • Emergency management officer
  • Environmental impact assessment specialist
  • Environmental quality specialist
  • Forestry technician
  • Geomorphologist
  • Hazardous waste planner
  • Heritage planner
  • Housing specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Land developer/surveyor
  • Land economist
  • Land-use analyst
  • Map curator or editor
  • Parks planner
  • Park warden
  • Photogrammetric technician
  • Real estate analyst
  • Recreational and tourism planner
  • Remote sensing analyst
  • Resource economist or planner
  • Soil assessment technician
  • Transportation planner
  • Urban/regional planner/technician
  • Water resources manager
  • Water use analyst
  • Weather and climate specialist
  • Wildlife manager
  • Waste management specialist

Potential Employers

  • Federal government departments with portfolios such as Aboriginal affairs, international development, industry and development, environmental and environmental protection, fisheries and oceans, agriculture, foreign affairs, natural resources, elections, and parks
  • Municipal governments and regional districts focusing on functions such as planning, recreation and parks, corporate services, and transportation
  • Private sector urban and regional planning, geographic information system services, and resource and analysis management firms
  • Provincial government agencies such as agriculture and lands, community services, economic development, environment, forests, tourism, housing, assessments, and municipal affairs

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers MSc and PhD degrees in our earth and environmental sciences program, as well as a Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have a Geography Department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
  • Travel to a conferences or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.
  • Take part in Research Abroad and experience different cultures while developing new research skills and accessing equipment and resources beyond what might be offered at UBC.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé. Available awards include:

Work Opportunities

  • Work on campus in the field of geography as a teaching assistant—deliver labs, tutorials, and even lectures.
  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Geography program: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark

Student experience: “Not only have I found my passion at UBC Okanagan, I’ve also been able to live it.”

Jon Corbett

Jon Corbett, UBC Professor

“I feel very privileged to work at a top-recognized university.”

Francisca Karl

Francisca Karl, UBC Alumna

“I use the skills I learned while completing my undergraduate and master’s degrees daily.”


Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Geography program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
  • * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.

Sports

Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • Make friends with similar interests and explore tutoring options with the Geography Course Union.
    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at you.ubc.ca.

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at you.ubc.ca.

     

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