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L.Cameron, H.Castleden, D.Chen, R.Danby, J.Davidson, B.Donald, A.Godlewska, A.L.Kobayashi, M.Lafrenière, S.F.Lamoureux, W.G.Lovell, W.Mabee, B.A.Mullings, M.W.Rosenberg, N.Scott, P.M.Treitz

Departmental Notes
Subject Code for Geography
World Wide Web Address
Head of Department
Departmental Office 
   Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D201
Departmental Telephone 
E-Mail Address
Chair of Undergraduate Studies    B.Donald

Geography is an integrated study of the earth's places, societies, environments and landscapes. It is unique in bridging the social sciences and humanities (human geography) with earth system science (physical geography). Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognizing the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them.  In earth system science we study natural processes, their interactions, and both naturally and human-generated environmental issues.  In the social sciences we study a variety of social problems, with a special focus on the uneven distribution of resources and services at scales from the local to the global. In humanities research we explore how human beings have made, and continue to make, the places (physical, social and metaphorical) in which they live.  In all these areas Queen’s Geography has scholars and teachers of international repute who are dedicated to making a dynamic and innovative research and teaching environment and a warm and supportive interpersonal environment for our students and faculty.  Students who choose geography for their degree will develop the independent and self-directed learning skills needed to think laterally, critically and creatively.   These are skills that are critical to meeting the demands of the world as they will find it, and over which they may have influence.  Geography provides an ideal framework for integrating other fields of knowledge.  It is not surprising that geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments.  Students in our program can select from courses in urban, economic, social, historical and cultural geography, as well as earth system science.  A geography degree also provides a solid foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods, remote sensing, and geographic information science.

Departmental Policies

Ancillary Fees 
Any student who participates in a Geography course where there are field trips or where laboratories or films are extensively used may be required to pay a fee.  Any student who participates in a Geography course that uses the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab will be required to pay a fee to set up a network account in this specialized facility (Mackintosh-Corry Hall, E223).

Advice to Students

Students majoring in geology may substitute GEOL 104/3.0 and GEOL 106/3.0 for GPHY 101/3.0 and GPHY 102/3.0 as a prerequisite for upper-level physical geography courses, but are expected to prepare themselves for these courses by extra reading.

Students wishing to take a course at the 200 or 300 level, for which they lack the stated prerequisites, may appeal to the Course Instructor to have the prerequisites waived. For courses at the 400 level and above, students without the stated prerequisites may appeal to the Departmental Undergraduate Committee.  For admission to all 500-level courses, students need the consent of a supervising member of the Department and permission of the Undergraduate Committee based on the submission of a proposal.

Students in GPHY 502/3.0 and GPHY 503/6.0 are required to file a soft-cover, bound copy of their thesis with the Department of Geography upon completion of the course.  Students in GPHY 503/6.0 are normally required to present their results orally to the department as a requirement for successful completion of the course. Students in GPHY 502/3.0 are encouraged, but not required, to do so.

Study Abroad Option
For students in Geography Plans, study abroad is normally undertaken during their third year. Students may take one or two terms of study at the Bader International Study Centre in their second or third year.  Students participating in any international study program are expected to meet all fourth year prerequisites by the end of third year and need to plan their programs accordingly.

It is often difficult to equate directly courses completed on exchange programs to Queen’s courses. Therefore, Geography students planning to participate in a third-year exchange must complete the following courses at Queen’s during their first two years:

General/Minor(Arts), Medial(Arts), Major(Arts):

(GPHY 101/3.0 and GPHY 102/3.0)
TWO (2) OF:  GPHY 240/3.0; GPHY 242/3.0; GPHY 243/3.0 (or GISC 201/3.0); GPHY 244/3.0 (or GISC 202/3.0); GPHY 247/3.0; GPHY 249/3.0
TWO (2) OF: GPHY 227/3.0; GPHY 228/3.0; GPHY 229/3.0

General/Minor(Science), Major(Science):

(GPHY 101/3.0 and GPHY 102/3.0), GPHY 207/3.0, GPHY 208/3.0, GPHY 209/3.0, GPHY 210/3.0 (or GEOL 200/3.0)
TWO (2) OF:  GPHY 240/3.0; GPHY 242/3.0; GPHY 243/3.0 (or GISC 201/3.0); GPHY 244/3.0 (or GISC 202/3.0); GPHY 247/3.0, GPHY 249/3.0
Both 100-level science corequisites

Special Study Opportunities

Courses of Instruction in the School of Urban Planning
Students with a minimum GPA of 3.50 in GPHY 227/3.0 and one of GPHY 332/3.0 or GPHY 338/3.0 or GPHY 352/3.0 or GPHY 492/3.0 may be allowed (on a competitive basis, normally in their fourth year) to take up to 6.0 units in the School of Urban and Regional Planning (chosen from SURP 844/3.0, SURP 851/3.0, SURP 853/3.0, SURP 855/3.0, SURP 870/3.0, SURP 874/3.0).  These may be used as electives in their degree program.