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For courses numbered less than 100, the prerequisite(s) may be waived by the Adult Academic and Career Preparation department. See prerequisite waiver.
For courses numbered 100 or higher, the prerequisites may be waived by the Geography department. See prerequisite waiver.
GEOG 012-80 hoursGeography 012Forces which create landscape, climate, biogeography, including an examination of man and the environment; use of the environment; conservation and control; and quality and perception of the environment are studied. Regional studies of particular countries (Russia, Japan, and selected countries in Europe and Asia) and topographic mapping are included.
GEOG 111-3-6Introduction to Physical Geography: Climate & VegetationThis introductory course focuses on explaining the principles and processes that govern the functions of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and the interactions between these environmental systems and human activity. Laboratory activities emphasize technical and analytical skills development. (3,3,0)
GEOG 117-3-3Introduction to Human Geography IThis course provides an introduction to the concepts, methods, modes of explanation, and recent critical changes in the study of human geography. The course focuses on interpretation and explanation of spatial variations resulting from human culture, social and economic behaviour. (3,0,0)
GEOG 121-3-6Introduction to Physical Geography: Water & LandscapesThis introductory course focuses on explaining the principles and processes that govern the functions of the Earth's lithosphere and terrestrial geomorphology and hydrology. The course includes discussions of the interactions between the lithospheric system and human activity. Laboratory activities emphasize technical and analytical skill development. (3,3,0)
GEOG 127-3-3Introduction to Human Geography IIThis course provides a critical introduction to the study and application of the major themes of human geography including historical, regional, urban, political, social and cultural geographies. Investigations of local and distant environments are included using quantitative and qualitative methods at various scales. (3,0,0)
GEOG 128-3-3Human Geography: Space, Place and CommunityThis course provides a critical introduction to the study and application of the major themes of human geography including historical, regional, urban, social and cultural geographies. It draws upon a range of geographic research methods to investigate geographic phenomena, especially human-environment relations. Students with credit for GEOG 117 cannot take GEOG 128 for further credit. (3,0,0)
GEOG 129-3-3Human Geography: Resources, Development and SocietyThis course provides an introduction to the concepts, methods, modes of explanation, and recent critical changes in the study of human geography. The course focuses on the interpretation and explanation of geographic variations arising within the contexts of rapidly changing cultural, demographic, economic, political and social phenomena and their relationship to the environment. Students with credit for GEOG 127 cannot take GEOG 129 for further credit. (3,0,0)
GEOG 201-3-3Food and SocietyThis course will introduce students to the political, cultural, economic and geographic factors that influence food production. Students will study how power, race, class, and gender influence our view of food and global patterns of agricultual. Patterns of land ownership, subsistence food production, cash cropping and sustainable alternatives will also be discussed. (3,0,0)
GEOG 205-3-6Geographical Hydrologysame as EESC 205This course is a study of the terrestrial hydrological cycle and water balance at site, watershed and larger regional scales. The movement and storage of surface water in various phases through the hydrological cycle and the energy associated with these processes will be examined. Course content will focus on snow cover, glacier ice, ground ice, streams and lakes and their physical, ecological and socioeconomic importance. Definition of hydrological resources, hazards and human impacts in the context of human perception of the environment are covered. Labs and local field work will introduce students to relevant techniques and reinforce concepts introduced in the lectures. This course is also offered as EESC 205. Students with credit for EESC 205 cannot take GEOG 205 for further credit. (3,3,0)
GEOG 210-3-3Introduction to Environmental IssuesThis course is an introduction to the major environmental issues facing our planet. Issues are examined at differing geographical scales. A number of topics are studied. (3,0,0)
GEOG 211-3-3Social and Cultural GeographyThis introductory course provides the tools to undertake analyses of the relationships between culture, politics and everyday life. Themes will be selected from: a history of Anglo-American cultural geography, cultural studies and geography, cultural politics, sexuality and space, gender and geography, axes of power and marginalization. (3,0,0)
GEOG 212-3-6Weather and Climatesame as EESC 212This course covers the applications of systems theory in the study of weather and climate. Themes include: analysis of factors controlling climates from macro to micro scales; general circulation of the atmosphere; weather systems and forecasting; climate change; climate classification; and methods of collecting and analyzing climate data. This course is also offered as EESC 212. Students with credit for EESC 212 cannot take GEOG 212 for further credit. (3,3,0)
GEOG 217-3-3Regional Geography of British ColumbiaThe development of a definition of contemporary regional geography; regional settlement patterns and their formative factors; the regional nature of resources; economic regions, networks and communications; urban regions and regional districts in B.C.; an inquiry into the regional nature of the south-central interior of British Columbia. (3,0,0)
GEOG 221-3-3Economic GeographyAnalysis of the structure and dynamics of economic landscapes; theories of location, distribution and interactions associated with material production and consumption. Discussion themes selected from: distribution phenomena within the context of social systems; agricultural systems and land use; industrial landscape formation; consumer behaviour and the spatial structure of service activities. (3,0,0)
GEOG 222-3-6Geomorphologysame as EESC 222This course studies the origin, nature and distribution of landforms and landform assemblages. Historical development of the major concepts in geomorphology will be covered. Structure, process, stage, equilibrium and thresholds as landform controls are included. Emphasis will be on landforms resulting from fluvial and glacial processes, using local and international examples. Labs and fieldwork will introduce students to relevant techniques and reinforce the concepts learned in the lectures. This course is also offered as EESC 222. Students with credit for EESC 222 cannot take GEOG 222 for further credit. (3,3,0)
GEOG 223-3-6Physical Geography of the U.S. SouthwestThis course examines the physical geography of the U.S. Southwest including climate, fluvial processes, eolian processes, mass wasting processes, volcanism, weathering and geology. Several field sites will be visited in Arizona and southern Utah, including the Grand Canyon and the San Francisco Volcanic field. This course is intended to be delivered in a 7-week summer session. (6,0,0)
GEOG 224-3-3The Canadian LandscapeThis is an introductory course examining the relationship between the physical base of Canada and its human geography. The course focuses on the causes for and consequences of regional variations in the economic, political and social composition of Canada. Topics include biophysical base and natural resources; population settlement; emergence of urban and cultural regions and growth of economic activity regions. (3,0,0)
GEOG 225-3-3Regional Geography of MelanesiaThis course will introduce the physical geography and cultures of Melanesia. The course will study patterns of settlement, economic development and social and political organization in the region from a geographical perspective using local case studies. Topics examined will include: physical geography, colonialism, postcolonialism, development, informal economics, resource use and globalization. (3,0,0)
GEOG 250-3-3Introduction to Urban GeographyThis course is an examination of how cities emerge, function and change. Its objective is to introduce the city in its historical and geographical perspective, focusing on the complex relationship between economic, political, cultural and environmental phenomena. Students will complete fieldwork projects examining the urban processes at work. (3,0,0)
GEOG 265-3-3Tourism and Recreation GeographyThis course provides a regional analysis of the geographic dimensions of tourism and recreation with specific reference to the Canadian experience. The spatial distribution of activities and resources, and the inter-relationships of tourism and recreation with both the physical and human environment, are considered. Implications of existing and potential supplies and demands, and the challenges of planning and managing resources are examined. (3,0,0)
GEOG 270-3-6Geographic Data AnalysisIntroduction to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis in geography. Topics include descriptive statistics, elementary probability, statistics for spatial analysis, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation and regression. (3,3,0)
GEOG 272-3-6Introduction to Cartography, GIS and Remote SensingThis course provides an introduction to cartographic, computer mapping (geographical information systems) and remote sensing skills. Themes include: history of cartography; map scale; projections; types of maps; map interpretation; map making; manipulating cartographic data; interpreting aerial photographs and satellite imagery; and remotely sensed data and geographic information systems. (3,3,0)
GEOG 298-3Directed Studies in GeographyStudents will undertake a supervised investigation or directed reading in geography. Students will produce a project proposal, progress report, and final written report. The topic will be agreed upon by the supervising faculty member and the student.
GEOG 311-3-3Environmental ManagementThis course will introduce students to the complex issues involved in environmental management. Students will study resource identification and valuation, varying management styles, monitoring issues, jurisdictional problems, the influence of social and political norms as well as globalization. Case studies will be chosen from the fisheries, foresty, protected areas, and mining sectors. (3,0,0)
GEOG 374-3-6Fundamentals of GISThis course teaches the theoretical basis as well as the practical use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using industry-standard software. GIS is a computer-based data processing tool used to manage and analyze spatial information. Major components of the course include gathering and manipulation of spatial and attribute data, spatial analysis, and application of GIS. Practical computer laboratory activities offer skill development. (3,3,0)
GEOG 398-3Directed Studies in GeographyStudents will undertake a supervised investigation or directed reading in geography. Students will produce a project proposal, progress report, and final written report. The topic will be agreed upon by the supervising faculty member and the student.
GEOG 498-3Directed Studies in GeographyStudents will undertake a supervised investigation or directed reading in geography. Students will produce a project proposal, progress report, and final written report. The topic will be agreed upon by the supervising faculty member and the student.
Not all centres offer all courses listed in the calendar and courses may vary each semester. Contact your local Okanagan College campus for up-to-date course offerings.
Concurrent Registration: Compulsory registration for credit (audit registration is specifically precluded) in two or more courses at the same time even though one or more of the courses may have been previously successfully completed.
Corequisite: A course required to be taken at the same time as another course (audit registration is precluded) unless the course has been successfully completed before.
Prerequisite: A course that must be successfully completed before registration in a given course. Courses without a prerequisite statement indicate that no prerequisite is required for enrolment.
Second-year Standing: Second-year standing requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits at the 100 level or above.
Third-year Standing: Students will be granted third-year standing after completing 48 credits towards a diploma or degree program.
Fourth-year Standing: Students will be granted fourth-year standing after completing 78 credits towards a degree program.
Prerequisite Waiver: Students who wish to have the course prerequisite waived, as indicated in this calendar, must receive permission from the department offering the course. A prerequisite waiver form must be signed by the department and forwarded to the Registrar's Office.
Credit: A credit is an assigned unit of value granted for successful completion of a course, which are used for diploma, and degree graduation requirements and/or transfer credit to another institution.
Elective: A course freely chosen from a restricted list of all Okanagan College courses, which is used to fulfill credit requirements in addition to the courses specified in the program outline.
First-year Student (associate degree and diploma programs): A student who meets the admission requirements for a specific program; has applied and been formally admitted to that program; is registered in one or more courses which are identified as constituting the first-year requirements of that particular program; and has completed fewer than 80% of the credits or hours toward the first-year requirements of that program.
Second-year Student (associate degree and diploma programs): A student who meets the entrance requirements for a specific program; has applied and been formally admitted to that program; is registered in one or more of the courses which are identified as constituting the first-year or second-year requirements of that particular program; and has completed 80% or more of the credits or hours towards the first-year requirements of that program.
Full Course Load: For degree programs (years one to four), 15 credits per semester. For diploma and vocational programs, all courses listed in the program outline in this calendar on a semester basis.
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Part-time Enrolment: Enrolment in any number of courses that is less than that indicated under the definition for Full-time Enrolment.
Registered Student: A registered student is one who has completed the admission and registration procedure and who has paid or made appropriate arrangements to pay the required fees.
Transfer Credit: Credit given by an institution for work successfully completed at a different institution.
University Transfer: Credit programs of study, generally arts and science courses, which are transferable toward degree programs at Okanagan College and other institutions.
Letter of Permission: A document issued by a dean which permits an Okanagan College student to take one or more courses at another institution to be used for credit toward an Okanagan College degree or diploma.
Transferability of Okanagan College courses: Students planning on transferring Okanagan College courses to another institution are encouraged to check the calendar of the institution to which they plan to transfer to determine the amount of transfer credit permitted in any chosen program.
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