48 months
19227 CAD/year
4798 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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VIU’s Geography (Hons) program from Vancouver Island University can be taken as a major or minor with options that allow you to specialize in sustainable resource management or urban and social sustainability as well as a general option. 

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Are you interested in studying how human activities and behaviours shape physical landscapes and examining why humans create unique spaces and places on the Earth’s surface? Or how natural processes shape the Earth’s surface to create different physical landscapes?  

A Geography (Hons) degree from Vancouver Island University  is for you!

Geographers pursue careers in many different fields, including education, planning, business, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Geography is the study of earth spaces and places. Geographers are concerned with the distribution and patterning of physical and human phenomena in earth space, including the nature and magnitude of human impact on natural environments. 

Protecting sustainable environments and managing the earth’s valued resources – land, water and air – are of vital interest to geographers. 

The geographic concepts of place and landscape provide a framework for understanding the role of culture in the evolution and development of urban and rural landscapes. 

Political, social and economic processes, when examined from a spatial (geographic) and temporal (historical) perspective, enable students to appreciate and understand the dynamic processes associated with the development of local and regional landscapes.

Career Opportunities

Labour market demand for graduates with strong academic and applied backgrounds in geographic studies remains high – regionally, nationally, and internationally. This is particularly true of graduates with skills in geographic communication, spatial analysis, and GIS. Recent Canadian-based human resource studies report that GIS activity will soon surpass $1-billion annually. Remuneration for entry-level jobs in the field of GIS is well above the norm for undergraduates seeking full-time employment opportunities upon graduation.

Some graduates may wish to pursue post-graduate studies in Geography, or in such diverse fields as education, urban planning, natural resource management, law, or public administration.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • World Regional Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Atmospheric Environments
  • Earth Environments
  • Statistical Methods in Geography
  • Maps and Mapping 
  • Human Environments

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The requirement for admission is a GPA of at least a 3.67 (A-) on the most recent 45 credits of study. There is limited space in the Honours program and not all students who meet the requirement will be admitted to the Honours program in Geography. 
  • Students can obtain a Geography Department Honours Application form from the Department Chair. In addition to completing this form, students will also need to complete a Research Project Request Form for submission to the Chair. The Chair will contact the Degree Advisor with confirmation of acceptance, or to obtain confirmation of the appropriate GPA and course planning requirements.  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19227 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19227 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4798 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4798 CAD per year during 48 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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