Sustainability Learning Pathway Comes to Geography


Geography announces its Sustainability Learning Pathway for all BA and BSc degrees offered by the department. With funding from a University Sustainability Initiative Pathway Seed Grant, Dr. Brett Eaton led a project to develop specific, sustainability learning outcomes relevant to our specializations, and to map all existing courses in Geography onto these learning outcomes. Following this analysis, a committee of Geography faculty developed a pathway consisting of 15 credits, comprising 2 core courses, 2 elective courses, and 1 capstone course. Geography encourages all students in our major specializations with an interest in sustainability to consider incorporating this pathway into their degree programs.

Geography’s sustainability pathway comprises 15 credits of course work that is structured as follows:

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • GEOG 211 – State of the Earth
  • GEOG 310 – Environment and Sustainability

Elective Courses (choose two of the following, 6 credits)

  • GEOB 270 – Introduction to GIScience
  • GEOB 307 – Biogeography and Global Change
  • GEOG 311 – Urban Environments
  • GEOG 312 – Climate Change: Science and Society
  • GEOG 316 – Geography of Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 318 – Sustainability in a Changing Environment
  • GEOG 319 – Environmental Impact Assessment

Capstone Courses (choose one of the following, 3 credits)

  • GEOG 379 – Field School in Human Geography
  • GEOG 410 – Environment and Society
  • GEOG 419 – Research in Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 423 – Development of Environmental Thought
  • GEOG 429 – Research in Historical Geography
  • GEOG 446 – Topics in Geography: Agriculture and the Environment

We are currently working on a mechanism to recognize completion of our Sustainability Learning Pathway on official UBC transcripts.