1000 level Courses

First year students at Western have a choice of three half courses or one full year course in Geography. The half courses are distributed over the Fall and Winter Terms and include a lab or tutorial component that allows hands-on skills development. The full course is scheduled in the evening to maximise accessibility, but is entirely lecture-based. Successful completion of any full course equivalent allows entry into Geography Programs.

Students intending to do an Honors Specialization in Geography are recommended to take a combination of two of the three half courses. Those with interests in the human or social dimensions of Geography, or in urban development, are likely to select Geography 1400F/G. Those with an interest in the science of the natural environment, or who are planning to do a BSc Honors Specialization in Geography, are likely to select Geography 1300A/B or Geography 1500F/G.

Late Entry Options

It is also possible to enter Geography Programs through Second Year Courses: 2131A/B The Natural Environment or 2153A/B Environment, Economy and Society.

1100 Fundamentals of Geography

A systematic descriptive introduction to the diverse elements of landscape including geomorphic, climatic, and biotic elements, human settlement and land-use patterns; cartographic approaches to the analysis of selected processes of landscape change; an introduction to the synthesis of elements and processes in spatial systems models.

Antirequisite(s):Geography 1300A/B, 1400F/G.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

1300B Introduction to the Physical Environment

Physical Geography examines the phenomena and processes of the Earth-atmosphere system that underlie human environment interactions and environmental change. Topics include: the atmosphere and fundamentals of weather and climate, water in the environment, Earth surface processes and biogeography.

Antirequisite(s): Geography 1100, 2131A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

1400G Introduction to the Human Environment

This course introduces students to the central problems, concepts, methods and applications of human geography. It pays particular attention to the ways humans interact with the world; for example, population growth, use of natural resources, culturally-based activities, urbanization and settlements, agricultural activities, and industrialization.

Antirequisite(s): Geography 1100.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

1500F Environment and Development Challenges

Examines environmental change over long periods of earth history, considering both physical processes and human impacts. An integrative approach provides a basis for understanding some of the world's most pressing environment and development challenges, such as biodiversity loss, desertification, climate change, energy consumption, and persistent hunger and malnourishment.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.