Study a Bachelor of Science majoring geography at the University of Newcastle to address the environmental and cultural challenges facing our world.

Bachelor of Science


Why study a geography major at the University of Newcastle?

With the world continually changing we face new social, political, cultural and environmental challenges. Geography will provide you with an understanding of these contemporary challenges and the skills to help address their impacts on the environment.

Geographers study the environment of humans and the complex ways humans and environments shape each other. They aim to understand the processes that form cultural and physical environments, the geographical organisation of human practices and physical phenomena and the interplay between human practices, environments and social political objectives.

The University of Newcastle geography major, ranked in the top 100 in the world according to the 2016 QS World subject rankings*, allows students to combine human and physical geography or to specialise. You will study processes including:

  • Demographic and cultural change
  • Environmental systems and environmental change, including climate change
  • Geographical information systems
  • Globalisation
  • Governance and political organisation
  • Landscape evolution
  • Sustainability
  • Urbanisation.

The geography major explores how various groups of people experience the world differently and your compulsory courses will help you develop key research skills that will prepare you for future employment or further study.

Your learning throughout the Bachelor of Science program will not just be confined to a lecture theatre or tutorial room as practical fieldwork is integrated into the compulsory courses. Assessments will also involve research activities that use real life examples and are presented in a way similar to professionals in the field.

The geography major is completed over three years of full-time study (or part time equivalent) at our Callaghan campus, Newcastle. There is also the opportunity to take part in the discipline's outstanding Honours programs after completing your undergraduate degree where you can conduct your own research on key issues.

By studying geography you will be developing key skills in analysing, synthesising and communication, which are all highly sought after by employees. As a graduate, career opportunities include:

  • Education
  • Environmental management
  • International aid work
  • Local, state and federal government departments
  • Policy development
  • Social and community planning
  • Urban and regional planning

The Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies also provides majors within these following degrees:

And courses can be taken as part of the:

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