Course Sequence - Honours BA with major in Geography

Geography addresses highly relevant issues like climate change and human adaptation, water resources and management, community organization and evolution, social interaction in urban space, and northern development in permafrost environments.

Our programs provide students with the knowledge, tools and technical skills that make them highly employable as soon as they graduate. What’s more, emerging technologies such as computer cartography, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) are an integral part of the curriculum, as are unforgettable field experiences in Canada’s North, in the Great Lakes Basin and in the Appalachians.


The Geography program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

Honours BA with Major  in Geography C, FI


  • Minor in Geography

C Co-operative education program available.

FI French immersion stream available.

Language of instruction

All programs are offered in English and in French. The Joint Honours BA in Environmental Studies and Geography requires that a certain number of courses be taken in the student’s second official language.


  • Urban planner and environmentalist
  • Consultant in a geo-marketing
  • Teacher
  • Park administrator
  • Community planner
  • National park guide
  • Natural resources planner and analyst

What can I do with my studies?

(  is a tool that provides information on career opportunities in geography.


  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Basic Skills

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100 Workshop in Essay Writing

3 credits from:

PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking
PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Introduction aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
ENG1120 Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
ENG1121 Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Introduction aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
PHI1102 Moral reasoning
PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHI1104 Great Philosophers
PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts




First Module Major in Geography

42 credits

(14 courses)

GEG1301 The Physical Environment

GEG1302 Places and Spaces of Human Activity

MAT1371 Descriptive Statistics

GEG2918 Field Camp I

3 credits from:

GEG3105 Remote Sensing

GEG3106 Cities and Social Changes

6 optional course credits in geography GEG at the 4000 level2

3 optional course credits in Geography (List A)

GEG2320 Introduction to Geomatics

6 course credits from:

GEG2108 Contested Places
GEG2110 Sustainability of Social Spaces and Built Environments
GEG2301 Geomorphology
GEG2304 Climatology

6 optional credits in geography (GEG) at the 3000 or 4000 level

GEG4104 Methodological and Theoretical Approaches in Geography and Environmental Studies

Second Module Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)

30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.

Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences.

Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


24 or 54 credits
(8 or 18 courses)

In the minor option, students must take 24 elective credits (8 courses).
In all other cases, students must take 54 elective credits (18 courses).

1 This course has variable topics. Students may take this course twice
2 Excluding GEG4000, GEG4001, GEG4019, GEG4100, GEG4128, GEG4920 and GEG4921.

3 credits = 1 course


List A

GEG4000 Étude sur le terrain/Field Research
GEG4001 Étude sur le terrain dans le Nord/ Northern Field Research
GEG4100 Glaciology
GEG4128 Places and Landscapes of the North American City
GEG4920 Camp d’automne de géographie humaine / Human Geography Field Camp
GEG4921 Camp d’automne de géographie physique / Physical Geography Field Camp
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