Geography Department

Geography is the study of the Earth, its physical and human landscapes, and the interactions between them. Discover the world through an inspired lens and gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting our natural environment.

Why study geography at Capilano University?

Geography is a fascinating area of study for those who are curious about the world. You’ll come to better understand the factors that impact our planet and you’ll gain the ability to keenly observe your surroundings.   

CapU’s courses span a broad range of disciplines. Expand your understanding of human geography and physical landscapes – and the relationship between them.

Observe and explore

CapU’s campus on Vancouver’s North Shore is an ideal location for exploring our physical environment. Many of our courses include field trips to observe examples of both physical and human geography.

Our small class sizes offer the opportunity to integrate lab work into our physical geography courses. This makes it possible for greater interaction and individual attention.

You’ll learn to interpret maps, master lab and field techniques, and hone your research and problem-solving skills.

Careers paths and further education

CapU’s geography courses are a good choice for students interested in a career directly relating to geography, those pursuing work in education, students who need both science and arts electives, and those who wish to look at the world from a whole new perspective.

Geography can open the door to careers in a wide variety of fields such as resource management, recreation and urban planning, environmental consulting or teaching. Others have pursued careers in disaster response, cartography, tourism, law and politics. 

Student opportunities

Find out here about field trips and other opportunities for hands-on learning.

And be sure to check out the Student Resources section below for useful links to get you started on learning and connecting.

Experiential learning

Students of geography undertake numerous field trips to see how the concepts learned in class apply in the real world. Physical geography field trips take a walk through time to learn about the formation of the Vancouver area – looking at volcanic activity, glaciers and landforms resulting from erosion. Human geography field trips observe issues such as urbanization, development, gentrification and planning.

From time to time our geography students have had the opportunity to work on municipal planning projects. Our department is also involved in environmental initiatives on campus through EarthWorks.

Student resources

Get connected and explore your opportunities for learning both inside and beyond the campus.

EarthWorks: A CapU campus initiative focused on environmental education, including lectures and opportunities for hands-on learning.

Capilano Universe: Geography instructors often take part in this presentation series, giving free lectures in local public libraries.

ChatLive: These lunchtime discussions on campus bring together students for a lively discussion about a range of topics.

Canadian Association of Geographers: An association that brings together a network of peers and mentors to share ideas about Canadian geography research, education and practice.

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society: This group’s aim is to promote meteorology and oceanography in Canada.

Charles Greenberg
Instr., Geography & Woman's & Gender
School of Social Sciences
Geography
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Women's & Gender Studies

604 990 7957 ext. 7957
Fir Building, room FR421
cgreenbe@capilanou.ca
Cheryl Schreader
Instructor, Geography
School of Social Sciences
Geography
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2477
Fir Building, room FR425
cschread@capilanou.ca
Chris Rahim
Instructor, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Geography

604 986 1911 ext. 2057
Fir Building, room FR425
chrisrahim@capilanou.ca
Christopher Gratham B.Sc., M.Sc., Ed.D.
Instructor, Geography, CFA Professional Affairs Officer
School of Social Sciences
Geography
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 984 1780 ext. 1780
Fir Building, room FR501c
cgratham@capilanou.ca
Geoffrey Reith
Instructor, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Geography

604 986 1911 ext. 2012
Fir Building, room FR449
geoffreith@capilanou.ca
Heather Chappells
Instructor, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Geography

604 986 1911 ext. 3703
Fir Building, room FR451
heatherchappells@capilanou.ca
Jeanne Mikita
Instr., Geography/Wmn's & Gender Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Geography

604 986 1911 ext. 2467
Fir Building, room FR501D
jmikita@capilanou.ca
Judy Te Kanawa
Emergency Floor Warden Fir Bldg., DDA 1, School of Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Criminology
Anthropology
Economics
Geography
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Women's & Gender Studies

604 986 1911 ext. 2036
Fir Building, room FR401
jtekanawa@capilanou.ca
Kirsten McIlveen
Instr., Geography & Women's & Gender
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Geography
Women's & Gender Studies

604 986 1911 ext. 7292
Fir Building, room FR501d
kmcilvee@capilanou.ca
Melora Koepke
Instructor, Geography
School of Social Sciences
Geography

604 986 1911 ext. 3699
Fir Building, room FR445
melorakoepke@capilanou.ca
Sandra Cooper
Divisional Supervisor, Emergency Floor Warden Fir Bldg.
School of Social Sciences
Anthropology
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Criminology
Economics
Geography
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Women's & Gender Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 983 7525 ext. 7525
Fir Building, room FR415
scooper@capilanou.ca

Contact

Have questions about this department?

Geography Department


604 984 4953
Fir Building, room FR401
socsci@capilanou.ca

Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
registration@capilanou.ca