- Bachelor of Geography
- Bachelor of Science (Environment and Heritage Management)
- Bachelor of Science (Geology)
- Bachelor of Science (Human Geography)
- Bachelor of Science (Physical Geography & Environmental Geosciences)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Human Geography)
- Bachelor of Sustainable Communities
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 2019.
One of the best in NSW/ACT
- The Federal Government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences.
- UOW Geography ranked in the top 150 in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Subject and in the top 200 universities for Geography by the QS World University Rankings By Subject 2018.
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
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
- Tourism and Recreation Planner
- Geospatial Intelligence Officer
- Market Researcher
- 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
- 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: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.
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.
2010 Bachelor of Science (Honours) Land and Heritage Management
Training and Development Coordinator, Kimberley Ranger
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.
Doctor of Philosophy (Human Geography) - Current
Advanced Bachelor of Science
(Human Geography) Class 1 Honours - 2014
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.
2011 - Bachelor of Science (Honours) Land and Heritage Management
Environment Officer, Shellharbour City Council
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
School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
Geography is a degree where you can branch out into different sectors and there’s so many different career options. The social side is important because it deals with the people and the real-world problems of today. And then the environmental side really links into that as well. I’ve also loved some of the assignments we do because they focus on those real-world problems. We’ve been out to rock pools and done a lot of practicals out there, which then link into our lab work.
Bachelor of Geography