UBC offers a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a Major in Geographical Sciences.

  • The Geographical Sciences program focuses on the fundamental interactions between life (including human societies) and the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere
  • For information on the Bachelor of Arts, see Major in Geography
  • To meet Geographical Sciences requirements, students must complete at least 9 credits of GEOB courses during years 1 and 2

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:

UBC Calendar
UBC Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests

In addition to the Faculty of Science promotion requirements, these are the specific first and second year requirements for this major.


First year

UBC Courses

Credits

Langara Equivalents

Credits

Communications Requirement1

6

Two of:

ENGL 11231

ENGL 1129

ENGL 1100

SCIE 1113 or 1114

 

3

3

3

4

Both of:

GEOB 102 or BIOL 121

GEOB 103

 

3

3

Both of:

GEOG 1180 or BIOL 1115 & 1215

GEOG 1190

 

3-8

3

Two of:

CHEM 121

CHEM 123

PHYS 100-level2

 

3

3

3

Two of:

CHEM 1120 & 12202

CHEM 1120 & 12202

PHYS 1101 or 1125

 

8

8

4

MATH 100 or 104

3

MATH 1153/12533 or 1171 or 1173/1183 or 1174

3-6

MATH 101 or 105

3

MATH 1271 or 1273/1283 or 1274

3-4

Electives4

6

Electives4

6

 
Second year

UBC Courses

Credits

Langara Equivalents

Credits

All of:

GEOB 200 (or 204)

GEOB 206 (or EOSC 222)

BIOL 230

GEOB 270

 

3

3

3

3

All of:

Unavailable

GEOG 2290 (or GEOL 2205)

BIOL 2380

GEOG 2210

 

0

3

3

3

One of:

CHEM 205

EOSC 211

MATH 200

MATH 221

CPSC 310

GEOG 211

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

One of:

CHEM 2250

Unavailable

MATH 2371

MATH 2362

Unavailable

GEOG 1155

 

4

0

3

3

0

3

Electives4

6

Electives4

6

 

Footnotes:

1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. 3 credits of the Communication Requirement may be deferred until second year

2 If the two-course combination of first year PHYS and CHEM courses exceeds 6 credits surplus credit may be applied to electives. Langara CHEM 1120 & 1220 = UBC CHEM 121 & 123. PHYS chosen from 100-level PHYS courses, excluding UBC PHYS 100 (Langara PHYS 1118). Students without Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking other 100-level PHYS courses. Students may defer taking first year PHYS until second year

3 UBC MATH 110 (Langara MATH 1153 & 1253) may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits

4 Students are permitted to move elective credits between years. Elective credits together with required courses must fulfil the UBC Faculty of Science's:
a.) Foundational Requirement;
b.) Laboratory Science Requirement;
c.) Science Breadth Requirement;
d.) Science and Arts Requirement;
e.) Upper-level Requirement;
f.) General Degree Requirements.

This course planning outline is created by the Langara College Counselling Department and is intended for use only as a guide. It is the students' responsibility to consult original sources to ensure accuracy.

Updated March 2022