The University of New South Wales

go to UNSW home page

Handbook Home

Table of Contents
List divider List divider

Use this search only if you have an exact code for a Program, Plan, or Course, e.g. 3400, ACCTA13502, ACCT1501 or ACCT*.
Use the main search box (Search the UNSW Handbook) if you do not have an exact code and want to use a keyword instead.



Geography is the study of spatial and temporal variations of the phenomena which make up natural and human-dominated environments. The cultural significance of geography lies in its contribution to an understanding of the total environment. The geographer's skills also find practical application in the conservation and planned development of resources. Increasing numbers of geographers are employed as professionals in these applications. For instance, geomorphologists and biogeographers are undertaking resource inventory surveys and environmental assessment, and human geographers are engaged as urban and regional planners.

Aspects of Geography are taught within both the Faculty of the Built Environment and the Faculty of Science at UNSW.

The Geography program within the Faculty of the Built Environment focuses upon key aspects of human geography, and on natural resource management and sustainable development.

Physical geography, geographic information systems and remote sensing are taught in the Faculty of Science through the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES).

Studying Geography at UNSW

Please refer to the table below for programs which involve a specialisation in geography.

Students interested in physical geography within the Life Sciences should refer, in addition, to the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science website (

Geography can be studied as 

Specialisation At the Level of Plan
Geography Minor GEOGS23434

go to top of page

URL for this page:

© The University of New South Wales (CRICOS Provider No.: 00098G), 2004-2011. The information contained in this Handbook is indicative only. While every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date, the University reserves the right to discontinue or vary arrangements, programs and courses at any time without notice and at its discretion. While the University will try to avoid or minimise any inconvenience, changes may also be made to programs, courses and staff after enrolment. The University may also set limits on the number of students in a course.