Course List

GEOG 201 - Physical Geography

An introduction to the earth's major planetary components, including climate, river systems, glaciers, landforms, soils, and biogeography. The origins of these features and the processes that influence them are discussed with emphasis on applications in Canada, Alberta and Edmonton. Participation in weekly field-based labs and in a two-day, overnight field trip, usually in the latter part of September, are required.

GEOG 210 - The Global Village: Flourishing in an Interconnected World

Through different phases of globalization, the world has become increasingly interconnected - environmentally, economically, socially and culturally. Using the social science lenses of geography and international development studies, this course examines the nature of these interconnections and the opportunities and challenges they present, such as climate change, global poverty, and intercultural interaction and conflict. Solutions to the challenges are explored, seeking flourishing for all in the global village.

GEOG 300 - Humankind and the Biosphere

This course is a discussion of humankind's place in nature and of its responsibility for other organisms, the environment and resources. Environmental issues such as population, climate change, air and water pollution, energy and biodiversity are discussed with global and Canadian applications.

GEOG 310 - Human Geography

Human geography explores how human cultures and societies adapt to and shape natural landscapes and built environments. It considers spatial patterns within areas such as demographics, economics, politics, agriculture, and urban environments, focusing on both Canadian and international contexts. Skills in reading paper and digital maps and aerial photographs are also developed.

GEOG 321 - Community and Place

This course will examine the role of community in human social life in an age of globalization. Topics will include community development, diversity, social exclusion/inclusion, community resilience, and rural and urban communities. The course will also examine different types of communities including: radical Christian communities, cooperatives, intentional communities, and current initiatives in support of developing sustainable communities.

GEOG 350 - Geographic Information Systems

An introduction to the principles and applications of GIS. Hands-on lab assignments focus on data input and manipulation, spatial problem solving, and map presentation using GIS software on micro-computers. Students complete a GIS-based project.

GEOG 399 - Special Topics In Geography

A course on a topic or figure of special interest to a member of the geography faculty and offered on a non-recurring basis.

GEOG 450 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

This course provides an advanced investigation into the principles and applications of geographic information systems. Hands-on lab assignments focus on geo-databases, metadata, data input, relational databases, advanced map design, and advanced techniques using GIS software. Students mentor introductory students, complete a paper and complete an advanced project.

GEOG 499 - Directed Studies in Geography

An opportunity to do in-depth geographical study on a topic of particular interest to the student. Students work closely with a member of the geography faculty. A student must apply in advance to the faculty member.