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Course Code
GEOG 2321
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course involves the study of hydrologic cycle, its dynamics and component parts, but with emphasis on the terrestrial phase. Field and lab work will involve measurement techniques and the analysis of hydrologic data. Emphasis will also be placed on a description of Canada’s water resources and their management.
Course Content

The definition and scope of hydrology

The hydrologic cycle

Global and regional water balances

Precipitation – regional variations, mechanisms, measurement

Interception, infiltration

Evaporation, evapotranspiration

Snow and ice

Soil moisture


Run off – stream flow, basins, watershed models

Surface water storage

Inventory of Canadian water resources

Water quality, water management

Methods Of Instruction

Lectures, in class and in the field, will constitute the main method of presentation, with class projects and class and field laboratory assignments incorporated.

Films and slides will be used where appropriate.

Readings will be assigned to supplement the text book and the lectures.

An “open lab period” will be scheduled as needed.

Means of Assessment

Essay                                                                                    15%

Research project involving field work and lab analysis                  20%

Lab exercises                                                                         40%

Final examination                                                                   25%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the student will

-          have become familiar with the hydrologic cycle and the variety of processes involved within it.

-          be able to describe and to use maps and air photographs to identify and illustrate the variety of landforms involved in the terrestrial stage of the cycle.

-          be able to utilize, through lab and field work, the routine methods for measuring hydrologic flow and storage.

-          have used, through map and field work, some methods of analyzing hydrological data.

-          be aware of the extent of Canada’s water resources and aspects of their management.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

 Ward, R.C.    Principles of Hydrology, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, London, 1975.




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GEOG 1XX (3), Physical A 2004/09/01 to 2008/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GEOG 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2008/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GEOG 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2008/12/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO GEOG 205 (3) 2005/05/01 to 2008/12/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV GEOB 2nd (3), Precludes credit for UBCV GEOB 305 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2008/12/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC GEOG 310 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2008/12/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GEOG 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2008/12/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC GEOG 2XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2008/12/31
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU GEOG 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to 2008/12/31

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.