GEOG 467 2018 Parksville

Vancouver IslandUniversity

Geography Department

Draft Overview Page

Welcome to the Geography Department

Geography is the study of the world, its physical and social environments, and the dynamic nature of the relationships among them, from local to global scales. Protecting the environment and managing the Earth's valued resources - land, water, air, and ecosystems - in a sustainable manner are of vital interest to geographers. The geographic concepts of place and landscape provide a framework for understanding the role of culture in the evolution and development of urban and rural landscapes. Political, social, and economic processes, when examined from a spatial (geographic) and temporal (historical) perspective, enable everyone to appreciate and understand the dynamic processes associated with the development of local and regional landscapes.

Geography is a fascinating field of intellectual inquiry and applied activity. The term geography comes from the Greek word "geo" meaning "Earth" and the Latin word "graphein" meaning "write". Geographers, therefore, engage in "writing about the Earth" - a challenging but stimulating task! As geographers approach "writing about the Earth" - they ask a fundamental question: "What is located where and why?"

Everyone is a life-long student of geography. As humans, we need to know who we are, where we are, where we are in relation to others, and why we are located where we are. Human geographers extend these spheres to include how human activities and behavior shape physical landscapes and why humans create unique spaces and places on the Earth's surface. Physical geographers concentrate their studies on how natural processes shape the Earth's surface to create differing physical landscapes. The study of physical and human geography is framed within a spatial context - identifying and explaining why physical processes, patterns, and distributions are located where they are and why humankind is located where it is and why distinct cultural groups are found where they are.

Jinglepot Marsh

We have several scholarships and awards unique to the Geography Department.

Scholarships and Awards
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Digital Tools and Data

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Digital Tools and Data
Field trip to Piper's Lagoon

We have several program options to choose from

VIU’s Geography program provides a balance of theoretical and applied course work designed to strengthen student communication skills (oral, written, visual), deliver a range of employable skills (e.g., geographic communication, spatial analysis, statistics, remote sensing (RS), and geographic information systems (GIS), and challenge students to think critically, analyze problems, and seek resolutions to conflicts in any number of areas of geographic interest. Geography students enjoy the privilege of learning GIS and RS applications in a dedicated, state-of-the-art lab. Interpreting aerial photographs, satellite images, and topographic maps are an integral part of the geography curricula.