The Dorothy Urlich-Cloher School of Environment

BSc/BA(Hons) in Geography

The bachelors with honours is a one year programme that provides advanced coursework as well as independent research opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc(Hons)) and Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA(Hons)) degrees are 120 point programmes completed over one year for full-time students, or two years for part-time study. The programme must be commenced in Semester One.

The programmes include six courses as specified below, plus a 30 point dissertation (GEOG 789) which should be undertaken in Semester Two.

All students who are intending to enrol in the Geography honours graduate programme must have their programme of study approved by the Geography Postgraduate Adviser.


Geography Postgraduate Adviser

Entry requirements

Students who have a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography including at least 90 points at Stage III, and attained at least a B average in 45 points at Stage III in their geography major, may be accepted for enrolment for a BSc(Hons).

Students who have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography who achieved at least a B average over 45 points at Stage III in their geography major, may be accepted for enrolment for a BA(Hons).


Planning your BSc(Hons)/BA(Hons)

No 300 level courses may be included in these programmes. Geography requires inclusion of a 30 point Dissertation (GEOG 789) in the 120 points for the BSc(Hons) and BA(Hons) which should be taken in Semester Two. All courses are single semester in duration. A full-time course programme is structured in the following way:

Compulsory courses:

And for BSc(Hons) at least four courses from the following, or for BA(Hons) at least five courses from the following:

And for BSc(Hons), up to one course from 700 level courses as approved by the programme adviser for Geography.


Additional information

Geography is in large part a field based discipline and depending on the courses that are selected graduate students may be required to spend a good deal of time carrying out field work. Many courses in Physical Geography in particular emphasise fieldwork, but several other courses include a fieldwork component.

Laboratory work
Some courses, especially in Computational Geography and Physical Geography, are laboratory based. In the case of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) courses, informal laboratory sessions may be needed in addition to regular labs to complete assignments.

Further study after honours level
Students with appropriately high honours results may be eligible to proceed to PhD enrolment.


Designing your personal programme

The Geography programme offers a large number of graduate courses, which means some choices have to be made. Deciding however, is never easy. Here are a few tips that may smooth the process of making up your mind.

Many students find they are worried by several concerns, prerequisites, their subject preferences, their mix of courses, job prospects and courses outside Geography. The following may assist.

Do I easily meet the prerequisites?
Do not try to take on a course that is going to cause you a lot of stress. If in doubt about prerequisites, talk to the Course Coordinator.

Does it really interest me? Is it likely to help me sort out a thesis topic if I go on to a Masters degree?
If you found a topic exciting in the third year, sign up. Graduate study is the time to see how far you can go with a subject.

Do I have a clear idea of what I want to do?
If you do, try to combine courses that build on earlier studies as this will add depth to your university education and prepare you for your thesis research.

Do I wish to extend my understanding in a specialist area?
One advantage of taking a postgraduate course in another discipline is that you can further tailor your degree to your needs and interests. The drawbacks are that many students find it harder to do as well as they do in Geography, and it restricts what courses you might take in Geography. Students considering a course outside Geography must discuss the matter with the Graduate Adviser.