Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Undergraduate Programs

The Department offers BA and BSc degree options. Both these options can be done as a Major, a Medial, or a Minor. Students can also do a 3-year general BA or BSc degree. They can also complete a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems at the same time as completing their degree requirements.

Major (Arts) - Bachelor of Arts (Honours):

GPHY-M-BAH (pdf, 17kB)

Major (Science) - Bachelor of Science (Honours) - after May 1, 2016:

GPHY-M-BSH - after May 1, 2016 (pdf, 21kB)

Major (Science) - Bachelor of Science (Honours) - before May 1, 2016:

GPHY-M-BSH - before May 1, 2016 (pdf, 21kB)

Medial (Arts) - Bachelor of Arts (Honours):

GPHY[----]-A or [----]GPHY-A  (where [----] is second subject of study) (pdf, 15kB)

Minor (Arts):

GPHY-Y (pdf, 14kB)

Minor (Science):

GPHY-Z (pdf, 16kB)

General (Arts) - Bachelor of Arts:

GPHY-G-BA (pdf, 14kB)

General (Science) - Bachelor of Science:

GPHY-G-BSc (pdf, 16kB)

Certificate in Geographic Information Science

Program Assessment Form for this Option (pdf, 13kB)

In addition to completing a degree, students also have the option of simultaneously completing a Certificate in Geographic Information Science. This option is available to all Queen’s University undergraduate students regardless of their degree concentration, and is intended for those who wish to enhance their undergraduate degree with a Geographic Information Science Certificate.

For details on the requirements of the Certificate in Geographic Information Science, please visit the Faculty of Arts & Science website.

The Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of a degree program at Queen’s University. Students must pass all 30.0 units relating to the Certificate with a minimum GPA of 1.9.

Combined Degree Program

School of Urban and Regional Planning and Geography Department Combined Degree Program


The combined degree program is intended to help geography students who want a fast-track professional degree in urban and regional planning. The combined degree program makes it possible for geography students to finish their BAH / BSCH and MPL. degrees in less time than it would take to pursue the degrees independently.

Geography and city planning are related fields. Geographers often consider the spatial implications of urban and regional issues and have a special focus on place. It is quite natural, therefore, to consider the integration of the two related fields. Today urban and regional planning is a broad field and people with different backgrounds are needed for the different work that is done by planners. The multi-disciplinary dimensions of urban planning provide students with a breadth of options to pursue in their studies.

Having both the geography and planning degrees offers the practical advantage of increasing professional qualifications that will broaden employment prospects. The skills gained by taking both programs will prepare graduates for work in urban planning, GIS, transportation, environmental studies, social planning and urban development. Many planning graduates who have geography backgrounds have found responsible and rewarding positions in municipal or provincial governments, and consulting practices across Canada.

The combined degree program allows students to finish the M.PL. degree requirements in about 15 months after receiving their Geography degree provided they take two of their Geography electives in planning and an additional two planning courses while they are still in the Geography program.

Academic Requirements

The combined degree program is suited to highly motivated students who have at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 in Geography courses in the previous year. The combination of planning and geography skills will be especially useful for those hoping to work in urban planning, GIS, transportation, environmental studies, social planning and urban development. Students are required to maintain at least a GPA of 3.50 in Geography courses and at least a GPA of 3.30 in Planning courses.


Eligible students from Geography can get a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.Pl.) degree by extending their studies 15 months instead of the usual two years. Successful applicants to the fast-track program will be expected to have taken four Planning courses (all 3.0 units) during their third and/or fourth year in Geography:

  1. Two SURP courses would be taken as electives towards your Geography degree plan
  2. Two other SURP courses would be taken as "courses additional to plan”. This increase in your fourth-year workload can help save almost one academic year in the Master's degree program.

Students who are interested in this program should aim to complete at least 15.0 units of coursework per term throughout the duration of their program to maintain a manageable workload. Students taking GPHY 401, 402, 403, 415 may find it advantageous to develop a topic related to Urban and Regional Planning.