Study the fundamental interactions between life – including human societies – and the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. You'll build on a broad base in the basic sciences by completing course in areas such as biogeography, climatology, geographic information science, geomorphology, or hydrology.
Why this program?
- UBC’s Department of Geography is ranked in the world’s top 10 academic departments.
- Participate in field research in nearly all upper-level courses to prepare for a career in the geosciences.
- You'll have the option of a combined honours degree in climatology or geology.
- Campus: Vancouver
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
- Degree: Bachelor of Science
- Length 4 yrs
You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
You can study intense specialization in a single field.
The Geographical Sciences program focuses on the fundamental interactions between life – including human societies – and the Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. You will build a strong foundation in geosciences disciplines by completing at least two of five upper-year concentrations in biogeography, climatology, geographic information science, geomorphology, or hydrology.
For interests in environmental, cultural-historical, urban, economic, or regional geography, the BA program (with majors in Environment and Sustainability, and Human Geography) is appropriate. Technical courses are incorporated into both the BA and BSc programs.
Experiential learning and research
Field-based research is an integral component of the Geographical Sciences specialization. You will take field trips in nearly all upper-level courses and complete technical training.
The Department of Geography has cartographic, computing, and technical services as well as computer labs specifically for the use of undergraduate students.Send details
Life at UBC's Vancouver campus
The Geography Building is home to both the Geographical Sciences BSc and Geography BA programs. Along with classrooms, the building is home to the Geographic Information Centre, undergraduate student lounge and computer labs.Find out more
A BSc in Geographical Sciences can lead to employment as a geological technician, geoscientist, surveyor, environmental consultant, cartographer, or GIS specialist. The specialization equips you with the knowledge necessary for success in fields related to geographic science.
With appropriately selected electives, this degree forms a suitable basis for completing the academic requirements for registration as a professional geoscientist, which is legally required of all people practising geoscience in Canada.
- Senior technical systems analyst, Provincial Health Services Authority
- Geospatial analyst and cartographer, Roy Northern Land and Environmental
- GIS and air photograph specialist, UBC Geographic Information Centre
- Geography laboratory technician, Douglas College
- Air quality specialist, WSP in Canada
- Master of Urban Planning student, McGill University
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: Science
- IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
- One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
- One year of Chemistry immediately prior to IB Diploma
- One year of Physics immediately prior to IB Diploma (may be waived with scores of 5 or higher in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)