Year Course ID Course
2021-2022 GENV 343

Geography of the Pacific Rim

This course examines the physical and human geography of the Pacific Rim. It gives particular attention to regional distribution of natural features and resources, population and settlements, economic activities and development, as well as globalization and its impact on this region. The Pacific Rim is a geographic realm that has changed dramatically since the middle of the 20th century, therefore, this course explores the dynamic issues, problems, and challenges facing contemporary Pacific Rim countries, how the issues are being addressed, and the future prospects for the people and countries within this region.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of geography and environment including one of GENV 111, 131; 212, or 230; or instructor's consent. )
NB: Offered every other year. Fulfils area studies requirements for International Studies major/honours.
2021-2022 GENV 344

Geography of Africa

This course examines the human and physical geography of Africa. Attention is given to the regional distribution of natural features and resources, population and settlements, economic activities and development, and globalization and its impact on this vast continent. Because Africa is a geographic realm that has changed dramatically since the middle of the 20th century, this course explores the dynamic issues, problems, and challenges facing contemporary African societies, how the issues are being addressed, and the future prospects for the people and countries within this geographic region.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of geography and environment including one of GENV 111, 131; 212, or 230; or instructor's consent. )220
NB: Offered every other year. Fulfils area studies requirements for International Studies major/honours.
2021-2022 GENV 354

Geography of the World Economy

This course introduces students to the globalization of the world economy. It provides theoretical and practical foundation for exploring the global economy in an era of technological advancements, restructuring economies, and geopolitical realignments. It focuses on economic development of developed and developing countries of the world, and examine the impacts and critical problems associated with economic growth, development, and distribution and how to address the problems.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of geography and environment including one of GENV 111, 131; 212, or 230; or third year standing in Economics/ Business, or instructor's consent.
NB: Offered every other year.
Cross-listed: ECON 354
2021-2022 GENV 355

Geography of Urban Areas

This course focuses on the origin, physical environment, and structure of urban settlements; the growth and processes of urbanization; and the impact of globalization on urban centres. It investigates societal issues common to urban environments including; poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, criminality, environmental degradation and deterioration of the built environment. It also provides an overview of urban renewal and planning processes.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of geography and environment including one of GENV 111, 131; 212, or 230; or instructor's consent. )
NB: Offered every other year.
2021-2022 GENV 356

Urban and Regional Planning

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles, problems, and techniques of urban, suburban, rural, and regional land use planning. It focuses on the elements and make-up of the comprehensive plan, the politics of planning, and the assessment of economic, social and environmental plans.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of geography and environment including one of GENV 111; 212; 355 or instructor's consent.
NB: Offered every other year.
2021-2022 GENV 357

Environmental Economics and Policy

This course introduces the main concepts in environmental economics and applies them to public policy analysis. Students will learn about markets, prices and the role of information in the economy, and will then learn about market failures that specifically affect the environment. The second half of the course introduces the key techniques in public policy analysis (an inherently interdisciplinary undertaking), including the process of developing, implementing, and assessing public policy.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 3RD year standing. or instructor's consent
Cross-listed: ECON 357
2021-2022 GENV 362

Marine Ecology

A study of the ecological relationships of marine life in several major habitat types. Emphasis is on productivity, food webs, nutrient cycling, and community ecology. Ecosystem parameters are investigated through field and laboratory studies. Part of coursework takes place in the Lower Mainland, Gulf Islands, and/or Vancouver Island.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in biology and instructor's content. BIOL 308 and/or 360 strongly recommended.
NB: Summer sessions only. Not offered every year See department chair
Cross-listed: BIOL 362
2021-2022 GENV 364

Coral Reef Ecology

A field course focusing on the systematics and ecology of tropical coral reef organisms. Plants, animals, and physical factors of a fringing coral reef are examined through snorkeling excursions and laboratory studies. One species is chosen for a detailed research project. Includes field course work in Hawaii.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in biology and instructor's content. BIOL 262, 308, 360 and/or 382 strongly recommended.
NB: Summer sessions only. Not offered every year See department chair
Cross-listed: BIOL 364
2021-2022 GENV 372

Internship/Practicum

This internship course gives students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to a real world work environment. The course is an efficient way to hone students' practical skills in spatial information science (SIS) and analysis within the realms of geography, environmental science, and/or geographic information systems (GIS) helping them gain valuable work experience by learning new skills, gaining new perspectives in integrating SIS, exploring the SIS work environment, and networking with the experts in this field. This practicum is offered as a tripartite arrangement that includes: the student, the University's course instructor/program coordinator, and the approved practicum supervisor in a reputable government department, business, or non-profit/non-governmental organization.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing with a minimum of 9 sem. hrs. of geography and environment including two of GENV 111, 121, 131, 212, 282 or instructor's consent.
NB: Pass/Fail course. See geography and environment coordinator/department chair.
2021-2022 GENV 373

Internship/Practicum

This internship course gives students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to a real-world work environment. The course is an efficient way to hone students' practical skills in spatial information science (SIS) and analysis within the realms of geography, environmental science, and/or geographic information systems (GIS) helping them gain valuable work experience by learning new skills, gaining new perspectives in integrating SIS, exploring the SIS work environment, and networking with the experts in this field. This practicum is offered as a tripartite arrangement that includes: the student, the University's course instructor/program coordinator, and the approved practicum supervisor in a reputable government department, business, or non-profit/non-governmental organization.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing with a minimum of 9 sem. hrs. of geography and environment including two of GENV 111, 121, 131, 212, 282 or instructor's consent.
NB: Pass/Fail course. See the geography and environment coordinator/department chair.
2021-2022 GENV 374

Environmental Studies Internship

This internship/practicum course gives students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to a real-world work environment. The course is an efficient way to hone students' practical skills in scientific and social scientific analysis within the realm of environmental science/studies helping them gain valuable work experience by learning new skills, gaining new perspectives in areas such as environmental assessment and ecological analyses, and networking with the experts in this field. This practicum is offered as a tripartite arrangement that includes the student, the University's course instructor/program coordinator, and the approved practicum supervisor in a reputable government department, business, or non- profit/non-governmental organization.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing with a minimum of 9 sem. hrs. towards an GENV degree including two of BIOL 113, CHEM 101 or 111, GENV 121 and GENV 131 or instructor's consent.
2021-2022 GENV 375

Environmental Studies Internship

This internship/practicum course gives students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to a real-world work environment. The course is an efficient way to hone students' practical skills in scientific and social scientific analysis within the realm of environmental science/studies helping them gain valuable work experience by learning new skills, gaining new perspectives in areas such as environmental assessment and ecological analyses, and networking with the experts in this field. This practicum is offered as a tripartite arrangement that includes the student, the University's course instructor/program coordinator, and the approved practicum supervisor in a reputable government department, business, or non- profit/non-governmental organization.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 GENV 382

Applied Geographic Information Systems

This course focuses on the utility of Geographic Information Systems in problem solving and decision-making in real world settings. Students are expected to complete a major term project in consultation with the instructor.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of geography and environment including GENV 282, or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-2)
NB: Offered every other year.
2021-2022 GENV 383

Geographic Data Analysis

Geography is an integrative spatial science that attempts to explain and predict the spatial distributions and variation of human activity and physical features on the Earth's surface. Geographers and Environmental scientists greatly benefit from the use of quantitative and computational analyses to help answer where, why and what-to-do questions. Geographers might explore such questions as: what type of municipal transportation policy might best achieve more equitable access for urban residents to city services and facilities? Environmental scientists might ask: what sort of land use decisions are required to balance sustainable economic development with protection of wetlands in a fragile ecosystem? Students are invited into understanding and using statistical analysis as a means to develop a quantitative and computational inquiry.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of geography and environment. (0-0; 3-2)
NB: Offered every other year.
2021-2022 GENV 391

Directed Studies in Geography and Environment

In special cases, with the instructor's consent, students may pursue an independent but guided reading and research course in a specialized area of geography of interest to students.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of geography and environment, and instructor's consent. See geography and environment coordinator.
2021-2022 GENV 392

Directed Studies in Geography and Environment

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 GENV 395

Central America Field Study

This experiential and interdisciplinary course fosters interaction with diverse physical and human environments. It provides exposure to the region's history, religions, politics, and socio- economic realities that shape the communication and cultures of Central America, and introduces students to cross-cultural communication.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing or instructor permission. .
Cross-listed: MCOM 395
2021-2022 GENV 396

East Africa Field Study

This experiential and interdisciplinary course fosters interaction with diverse physical and human environments. It provides exposure to the region's history, religions, politics, and socio- economic realities that shape the communication and cultures of East Africa and introduces students to cross-cultural communication.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing or instructor permission.
Cross-listed: MCOM 396
2021-2022 GENV 400

Special Topics in Geography and Environment

A study of special topics or issues in geography and environment that are not considered in-depth in other courses.

Course Credits: 3
NB: Not offered every year See geography and environment coordinator.
2021-2022 GENV 409

Thesis Preparation

Students are required to choose a topic for their senior thesis (GENV 410) in consultation with an instructor. Selected readings and references pertinent to the topic are assigned. A final written and oral report is presented consisting of a detailed thesis proposal and a literature review. Students are advised to start in their third year to allow observations over a full calendar year.

Course Credits: 1
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in geography and environment studies or instructor's consent. (1-0; 0-0)