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Why study Geography

Study for a lifetime of careers with Australia's only Bachelor of Geography.

Geography goes far beyond maps and graphs. Looking at both sides of the human-environment relationship, the Bachelor of Geography combines studies in both Social Science and Science to provide an appreciation of diverse forms of knowledge that helps provide solutions for complex global issues such as environmental and climate change, population and urbanisation, economic change and planning, and citizenship.

In an era of ‘big data’ Geographers can provide the skills and tools to support decision-making and planning across government, business and community sectors.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Geography and apply now to start in 2017.

One of the best in NSW/ACT
UOW is globally ranked in the top 100 universities for Geography by the QS World University Rankings By Subject 2016.

The Federal Government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW 2017 as second among all universities in New South Wales and the ACT for Science and Mathematics.

 

Find your why

Taneesha is studying a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Human Geography. She has always had a passion for ocean and environmental conservation, and she hopes to use this, along with her degree, to create a sustainable future. She found her why at UOW.

Why study Geography at UOW 

 

  • You can study Geography through a Social Science or a Science degree
     
  • We offer Australia’s only Bachelor of Geography–where you combine studies in both Science and Social Science, to give you an integrated approach to solving complex problems. Your studies will include climate change, biogeography, coastal and fluvial environments, population and urbanisation, environment and society, and environmental management.
     
  • You’ll undertake extensive fieldwork and practical laboratory work, taking advantage of the diverse local environment, including urban and heritage landscapes, and coastal, rainforest and freshwater ecosystems
     
  • You’ll be involved in rewarding research projects that will help solve real-world issues. It’s here you’ll form lasting friendships while developing the skills you’ll need to make a difference
     
  • Learn from the best: your teachers are leading researchers tackling complex world issues, including climate change, sustainability, urban and economic change, Indigenous perspectives on place and environment
     
  • You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to apply the latest technologies in spatial analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
     
  • You'll develop highly transferable skills that can be applied to many organisations and industries, such as logical and critical thinking, creative problem solving, research, organisational skills, project management, numeracy, statistical literacy, holistic thinking and computer skills
     
  • Our new $35 million Sciences Teaching Facility is equipped with the latest technologies to assist your learning

 

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Overview of careers

With such a transferable skill set, Geographers find employment in a diverse range of organisations, across the government, business and community sectors.

  • Research Officer
  • Heritage Officer
  • Policy/Project Officer
  • Hydrologist
  • Tourism and Recreation Planner
  • Geospatial Intelligence Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Ranger
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • International Aid Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Sustainability Educator
  • Social Planner
  • Consulting and Project Management
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Population Analyst
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Geomorphologist
  • Ecologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Hazardous Waste Planner
  • Map Editor
  • Coastal Zone Manager
  • Soil Specialist
  • Water Resource Manager

With further study Geographers can pursue careers in teaching or urban planning.

UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: For the ninth year in a row UOW was ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings Graduate Employers survey (QS World University Rankings 2015/2016).

Geography Testimonial - Tom Nagle

During my honours year I was encouraged and supported to attend a geographer’s conference in New Zealand, an experience that opened my eyes to the width and breadth of the discipline and its broad applicability to a huge diversity of social, culture and environmental management scenarios.

Tom Nagle
2010 Bachelor of Science (Honours) Land and Heritage Management
Training and Development Coordinator, Kimberley Ranger 

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Studying Human Geography at UOW has given me the opportunity to focus on my interest, which is the challenge of urban population growth and carbon intensive lifestyles. My research focuses on understanding the everyday lives of urban residents, including the way people consume, share and interact in the context of apartment living.

Sophie-May Kerr
Doctor of Philosophy (Human Geography) - Current
Advanced Bachelor of Science
(Human Geography) Class 1 Honours - 2014

Geography Testimonial - Lucy Farriar

I had my heart set on a career based around conserving and protecting the natural environment. It was through the study of Human Geography that I discovered I could work at the interface between people and the environment and it’s here that I found my passion.

Lucy Farrier
2011 - Bachelor of Science (Honours) Land and Heritage Management
Environment Officer, Shellharbour City Council

Geography Testimonial - Natascha Klocker


Learn from the best: Dr Natascha Klocker
Natascha’s research tackles confronting and sometimes controversial topics such as immigration and environmental sustainability, inter-ethnic intimacy and racism; and child labour. Read more about her work here

Dr Natascha Klocker
Senior Lecturer
School of Geography and Sustainable Communities