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Geography (BA) and Geography & Urban Studies (BA)

Climate change, loss of biodiversity, increased urbanization – these are crucial crises facing us today, yet they’re intertwined with geography, one of the oldest academic disciplines.

Tackle these complex issues with a bachelor’s degree in Geography or Geography & Urban Studies in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Courses combine an interdisciplinary exploration of urban life, its qualities and its challenges with social geography, the study of the nature of city lives and city places.

In these programs, you will:

  • Connect the physical and human components of our existence by examining some of the most pressing contemporary concerns.
  • Dissect the causes and impacts of climate change, unequal access to resources, the extraction and depletion or natural resources, and the precarious states of energy and food security.
  • Understand the causes of geographical phenomena as diverse as threats to biodiversity conservation, mass human migrations, and the impacts poverty and inequality have on urban systems and sustainability.
  • Study the causes, consequences and implications of human and natural processes on urban and regional development, the state of our being and that of our environment.

With hands-on learning, critical thinking skills and our programs’ global perspectives, you’ll be prepared to achieve long term success and confront global challenges to build a more sustainable and just world.

Sample Courses (First Year)

  • Physical Geography
  • Introduction to World Geography or Human Geography
  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Course outside the major

Career Paths

  • Environmental assessor
  • GIS technician
  • Housing and transportation policy analyst
    Market researcher
  • Regional and community development officer

Specialized Honours BA in Geography: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits that meet the Faculty’s degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits, as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the Social Science or Humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in Social Science or Humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 60 credits in Geography, including:

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Honours BA in Geography: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits that meet the Faculty’s degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits, as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the Social Science or Humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in Social Science or Humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 48 credits in Geography, including:

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

BA in Geography: 90 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits that meet the Faculty’s degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits, as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the Social Science or Humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in Social Science or Humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 30 credits in Geography, chosen with the permission of the department, including:

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Specialized Honours Geography & Urban Studies BA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits that meet the Faculty’s degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits, as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the Social Science or Humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in Social Science or Humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 72 credits in Geography and Urban Studies, including:

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Urban Studies Courses

Not all of the courses listed on the academic calendar will necessarily be offered in any given year.

With the approval of the program co-ordinator, and subject to course exclusion and residency requirements, students may complete other courses for program credit in Urban Studies.