BSc in Geographical Biogeosciences
Biogeoscientists study interactions between the Earth's biosphere and its atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. (Photographer: A. Christen)
Biogeoscience is fundamentally concerned with the interactions between the Earth's biosphere and its atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Biogeosciences is a discipline that inhabits the intellectual territory between the more traditional disciplines of the natural sciences. It best describes the research conducted by the scientists in the Geography Department and the underlying interdisciplinary philosophy of the undergraduate Bachelor of science degree offered in the Geography Department.
The study of global biogeochemical cycles requires interdisciplinary linkages between biology, geosciences, hydology and atmospheric sciences (Photo S. Donner).
The Geographical Biogeosciences Program degree is a broad based undergraduate degree that draws upon courses from a range of departments and disciplines. The program emphasizes the environmental consequences of global change and field-based research, including field trips in nearly all of our upper level courses. Two capstone courses specifically examine the interdisciplinary linkages between traditional disciplines; one conducted in the field at the Biogeoscience Institute in Kananaskis, Alberta (Geographical Biogeosciences Field Course – GEOB 309) and one taken in the final year of the degree (Global Biogeochemistry – GEOB 400)
Students in our program will build upon this broad training in the natural sciences by completing at least two of five upper-year concentrations in biogeography, climatology, GIScience, geomorphology or hydrology. Each area-of-concentration comprises 3 upper level courses in the subject area. Currently, the courses included within each concentration are:
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Your Departmental Advisor for the Biogeosciences Program & Professional Registration in Hydrology and Geomorphology:
Professional Qualifications in Climatology:
Departmental Advisor for the GIScience Concentration