Professional Geoscientists of B.C.

Registration as a professional is a legal requirement in Canada for many kinds of work in the private and public sectors related to the training provided in the Geographical Sciences specialization. Many of our students in the B.Sc. specialization also choose to select their courses so that they can meet the APEGBC requirements of professional certification as a Professional Geoscientist. Registration with APEGBC also permits the registrants to work in the other Canadian provinces as Professional Geoscientists. The Geographical Sciences BSc can be adapted to meet the registration requirements by selecting appropriate electives.

To get started, please review the Course requirements for registration as an Environmental Geoscientist. There are a wide range possible courses that can be used to satisfy these requirements, but experience has shown that many of our graduates who register with APEGBC end up working on issues related to geomorphology and hydrology, in particular. The following list of recommended courses will prepare students for the kinds of work that our graduates commonly engage with, and is a good place to begin your degree planning.

Recommended Course Selection

First Year Courses

  • BIOL 121 Genetics, Evolution and Ecology
  • CHEM 121 Structure and Bonding in Chemistry
  • CHEM 123 Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Organic Chemistry
  • GEOB 103 Our Changing Environment: Water and Landscapes
  • MATH 100 Differential Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • MATH 101 Integral Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • PHYS 101 Energy and Waves

Second Year Courses

  •  EOSC 211 Computer Methods in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
  • EOSC 220 Introductory Mineralogy
  • EOSC 222 Geological Time and Stratigraphy
  • EOSC 250 Fields and Fluxes
  • GEOB 200 Atmospheric Environments
  • GEOB 206 Geomorphic Processes and Hazards
  • GEOB 207 Introduction to Biogeography
  • GEOB 270 Geographic Information Science
  • MATH 200 Calculus III
  • STAT 200 Elementary Statistics for Applications

Upper year Courses

  • GEOB 305 Introduction to Hydrology
  • GEOB 308 Quaternary and Applied Geomorphology
  • GEOB 309 Geographical Biogeosciences Field Course
  • GEOB 370 Advanced Geographic Information Science
  • GEOB 373 Introductory Remote Sensing
  • GEOB 405 Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GEOB 406 Watershed Geomorphology
  • GEOG 319 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EOSC 329 Groundwater Hydrology
  • EOSC 428 Field Techniques in Groundwater Hydrology
  • EOSC 429 Groundwater Contamination