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Geography 391 (GEOG 391) Geography Field Studies

Develop field research techniques and learn topics in physical and human geography. Learn and apply research methodology in a real-life study situation.

This course is designed for second year Geography, Earth Science and Environmental Science majors to prepare you for in-depth concepts covered in senior courses and provide you with hands-on experience in the field of geographic research.

Topics may include fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, land use mapping, biogeography, human and urban geography, vegetation sampling, remote sensing, soils geography, microclimate, and land use conflicts, historical geography, resource issues or transportation.

GEOG 391 is a required course for Geography and Earth Science Majors.

Quick references

Geographic Field Studies (GEOG 391) provides 3 academic units and requires consent of the Department of Geography. 


  • Location: Cranbrook, B.C.
  • Language: English
  • Semester: Summer
  • Application status: Open
  • Application deadline: First come, first considered


Logistics inquiries:
Derek Wilson

Academic inquiries:
David Goldblum


Consent of the department. 

How to apply

Please note all communication will be through your UCalgary email address. Please watch for an information session in February. 

Application status: Closed

Current Field Program

Costs and funding


The estimated supplementary fee for the GEOG 391 Geographic Field Studies Group Study Program is $950.60. This includes field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. The supplementary fee does not include tuition.

Important information regarding fee payments: Fees are non-refundable. Fees secure your space in the program and allow payments for logistical arrangements.

Please note: itinerary and costs are subject to change


Shell Experiential Energy Learning: This program is eligible for the Shell Experiential Energy Learning (SEEL) Program Activities Fund. Please review the information and application instructions.

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Please note: itinerary, cost and dates are subject to change.


  • Aug. 21 & 22, Calgary: Instruction (module 1 & 2)


  • Aug. 23, Calgary/Blue Lake: Depart Calgary for Blue Lake via Banff (module 3)
  • Aug. 24–29, Blue Lake area: Participants rotate through daily modules 4–9
  • Aug. 30, Blue Lake/Calgary: Depart Blue Lake for Calgary


The chosen location is the Blue Lake Centre which is 26 km west of Canal Flats in southeastern British Columbia. This location enables us to undertake a wide variety of research projects within a short distance due to the varied terrain and historical/economic development.


Cabin style with multiple beds per cabin.

Additional information / FAQs

Field study programs may present different challenges from on-campus classes. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, or hospitals; accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self; all of which can be a challenge when away from your usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular field study program you are selecting. Please contact us if you are unsure as to whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program. We will be happy to assist you in finding the best options for you and arranging any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.


You will want to ask yourself, "Am I suited for a field study program?" It may mean sharing a room, being with people all of the time, being patient and accepting of different ideas and values, being prompt and flexible and accepting the direction of your program leadership — all for the good of your program and your fellow participants.

Your application will be sent to the program instructor for approval. You will be advised on the status of your application. If your application is successful you will receive an acceptance email providing details on how to complete your registration both online and in person. 
Please note that your spot in the program will be confirmed only when you have both paid your program fee and signed your forms.

A waitlist may be available. 

Should a space become available after recruitment is complete, you may be offered a space in the program.

Once you have received an email stating that you have permission to enroll, please register through your student centre.

Your program payment is non-refundable at any time.

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