Geography: Environment and Sustainability

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Gain an integrated understanding of physical, ecological, economic, socio-cultural, and political systems, as they shape the world in which we live and influence the future of life on planet earth. This program is suitable if you're interested in working in the environmental sphere and will give you a strong platform for the development of a sense of global stewardship.

This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Geography is about how things work together to make the world in which we live, and examine historical and contemporary events within cultural, physical, and social circumstances.  The Bachelor of Arts program includes a Major in Environment and Sustainability, and a Major in Human Geography.  (For physical geography, see the Bachelor of Science program in Geographical Geosciences.)

For those interested in working in the environmental sphere and developing an understanding of global stewardship, the BA program in Geography – Environment and Sustainability will provide an excellent grounding. The program examines the broad physical, ecological, economic, socio-cultural, and political influences on our world, and how these diverse factors are likely to affect the future of life on the planet. You can select a Major, Minor, or Honours in Geography.

Campus features

UBC’s Geographic Information Centre offers support services for students, faculty and the general public. Holdings include maps specializing in BC and Canada, atlases, books and journals with geographical content, videos, course reserves, and the University’s major Aerial Photo Collection. UBC’s Department of Geography enjoys a high international reputation, in the world’s top 10 academic departments in the field.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

No additional courses beyond the general admission requirements.

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