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Geography is the study of social and environmental relationships. The cultural significance of geography lies in its contribution to an understanding of the total environment. Geographers are employed as professionals in urban management, regional planning, and environmental assessment.

First year courses involve systematic studies of the physical and human basis of geography. There is a progressive specialisation in the following years, with an emphasis on field observation, data handling, policy and management.

Many courses in geography include laboratory and field work, involving the use of qualitative and quantitative techniques. Assessment in Geography is normally by a combination of coursework and examinations, although the procedure varies between courses.
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Minimum Units of Credit


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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 78 UOC.

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Recommended Electives

The following course is not required for this major, but is recommended as a good complementary course when students are selecting electives:

Level 1
ARTS1240 Environment and Society (6 UOC)

Additional Information


  1. The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences maintain enrolment guides for many sub-disciplines of Geography: these are available from the BSB Office (G27 BioScience Building).


For information about Honours in Geography see the Geography Honours plan or contact the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES).

Education Students

Please be aware that this major no longer fits into an Education or Arts program. A new major, Geographical Studies has been created for students wishing to undertake a major in Geography for their Arts or Arts/Education program.

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