School of Environment

Planning a BSc in Geography

The Geography programme comprises undergraduate courses leading to a three year BSc or BA.

Geography may be studied for either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. All Geography courses can be used in either degree, so the choice of degree is mainly decided by what other courses you wish to combine with Geography.

In a BSc degree it is possible to take Geography as a major, as part of a double major or as a second subject. A major is the subject that you study to the highest level of your undergraduate degree.

Majoring in Geography

A major in Geography requires that you complete at least 120 points in the subject of Geography, including the following:

  • At least 45 points from GEOG 101, GEOG 102, GEOG 202, either GEOG 261 or GEOG 262
  • 15 points from GEOG 250
  • 15 points from GEOG 315, GEOG 330
  • At least 45 further points from GEOG 302-362, ENVSCI 311 (BSc only)


Planning a strong programme

While there are a minimum number of courses required to major in Geography, most students take more courses than this. Remember that Geography offers the opportunity to study across the physical and social sciences and to integrate understanding of the physical world and society. With this in mind, we strongly recommended that you take two Stage I courses, four Stage II courses, and more than four Stage III courses. In doing so you will keep your options open for advanced study and will complete a strong programme of study, acquire diverse skills and build an integrated knowledge of physical and human systems. This is especially important if you plan to go on to postgraduate study for which you should check the specific admission requirements.


Combining Geography with other subjects from the BSc Degree

A BSc combines well with the other physical, environmental and information sciences. Geography is attractive to students who wish to pursue a career in science or environmental analysis.

In your BSc degree you might choose one of the following groupings:

  • an Earth Science emphasis, with Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics courses
  • an Ecology emphasis with courses in Environmental Science, the Biological Sciences or Marine Science
  • a Social Science emphasis, with Psychology, Statistics, or Computer Science courses
  • a Spatial Analysis emphasis combining Geography courses in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Remote Sensing with courses in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics.

Many other subject combinations are possible. If you plan a career in teaching, then combining Geography with Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, or other sciences may prove useful.

For detailed information on your options consult the Undergraduate Prospectus, available from the Science Student Centre.