Bachelor of Geography*

Course summary

Geographers help shape the future by understanding, explaining and predicting both human and physical environments. You will study the human and physical forces that shape the planet and the political, social and environmental issues that arise as a consequence of human interactions with the Earth. Never before have geography skills been so important: faced with anthropogenic climate change and predictions of rising seas, bushfires and flooding, geographers will help understand and plan for a sustainable, socially just and resilient future.

Equally, in an era of massive data of both physical and human processes, geographers have never been better positioned to support decision making and planning at all levels of government and business.

Your degree

The Geography program at UOW includes the opportunity to undertake practical laboratory and fieldwork, taking advantage of the local Illawarra environment including urban and heritage landscapes, coastal landscapes, rainforest escarpment and freshwater ecosystems.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to apply the latest technologies in spatial analysis and satellite imagery within the context of these environments. These skills are in demand across a broad range of sectors including government bodies, industry, and consultancies.

What you will study

You will learn skills in logical and critical thinking, creative problem-solving, practical research skills, organisation and project management, numeracy, statistical literacy, computer skills (including GIS), and strong communication. You will apply these skills to problems in physical and human geography, studying the natural environment, its processes, and the interaction of these with human society and the way its shapes and is shaped by its natural world.

Your studies will include climate change, biogeography, coastal and fluvial environments, populations, urban and regional societies, spatial geography and environmental management.

On completion, high performing students considering further study or a career in research should consider the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program. This one year degree offers students a pathway to expanding their knowledge in geography and achieving their postgraduate research aspirations.

* New from 2017

Course information

Study area

Geography

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1708

ATAR (UAI)

75

IB Score

26-27

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

089781G

UAC Code

755250

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,520
Full Course Fee: $87,120

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Mathematics plus any two units of Science
Recommended Studies: Geography and Earth and Environmental Science

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International Applicants: one week before session commences.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018 (TBC)
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the human activities and physical trends and processes that impact the Earth and its environment, including local, national, global, and temporal perspectives.
  2. Critically evaluate information and data to assess methods and frameworks applied to specific spaces, places or environments.
  3. Participate effectively and constructively as a team member in professional contexts.
  4. Identify and articulate real world problems that demonstrate an understanding of Geography and its academic sub-disciplines, whilst acknowledging contested understandings, including Indigenous perspectives.
  5. Apply scientific method, evidence based knowledge and appropriate research techniques, including those associated with fieldwork, to evaluate possible solutions to real world geographical problems.
  6. Locate, synthesise and evaluate data, information, results and literature relating to geographical problems.
  7. Communicate geographical knowledge and perspectives to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies and communication skills.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to self-direct and reflect on intellectual development and ethical practice.
     

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Geography requires the successful completion of 144 credit points as specified in the table below, comprising:

  1. Core subjects; 
  2. A defined stream in either Human or Physical Geography at 300 level; 
  3. Elective subjects; and 
  4. No more than 60 credit points at 100 level.
Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
EESC103 Earth's Dynamic Surface 6 Autumn
EESC105 Introductory Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG121 Human Geography: Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
Plus 6 credit points from the recommended electives, the General Schedule or a minor
Spring
EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
GEOG122 Human Geography: Living in a Material World 6 Spring
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
Plus 6 credit points from the recommended electives, the General Schedule or a minor
Year 2
Autumn
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
Plus 6 credit points from the recommended electives, the General Schedule or a minor
Spring
EESC202 Shaping Earth's Surface 6 Spring
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
GEOG224 The Future of Food: Resilience, Communities and Policy 6 Spring
GEOG231 Maps and Apps for Social Scientists 6 Spring
Year 3
EESC331 Changing Global Environments 6 Spring First Offered 2018
Plus 42 credit points from one of two streams (Physical Geography or Human Geography)

Physical Geography stream

Subject Code

subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Autumn
EESC323 Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
EESC332 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
Plus 12 credit points from the Human Geography stream, recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor
Spring
EESC209 G-cubed: Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics 6 Spring
EESC320 Capstone:Earth and Environmental Sciences 6Spring First Offered 2018
EESC322 Coastal Environments: Process and Management 6 Spring First Offered 2018

Human Geography stream

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Autumn
GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6 Autumn
GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures 6 Autumn
Plus 12 credit points from the Physical Geography stream, recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor
Spring
GEOG337 Environmental and Heritage Management 6Spring
GEOG353 Qualitative GIS 6 Spring
Plus 6 credit points from the Physical Geography stream, recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor

  Recommended electives

The following elective subjects are recommended. Students can also choose elective subjects from the General Schedule and Schedule of Minors.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
GEOG251 Disaster Geographies: Risk, Policy, Management 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
GEOG241 Urban Geographies: Just and Sustainable Cities? 6 Spring
CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG339 Geographies of Change: International Fieldwork Intensive 6Summer

Minors and electives

Minors are not compulsory in this degree, however sufficient elective space exists to complete one. Students are referred to the Schedule of Minors for a listing of available options.

Students intending to become a primary or secondary school teacher, by enrolling in a Master of Teaching in the future, should consult the School of Education to determine an appropriate elective study pattern from Year 1.

Honours

Students with a good academic record, particularly in third year, are encouraged to proceed to the Honours year. The Honours year is a fourth year of study that provides training in independent research. It is the normal pathway for entry to a Doctor of Philosophy. The Bachelor of Geography (Honours) will be available from 2020.
  

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we’re committed to ‘enquiry-based learning’ that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession.

We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You will participate in practical classes in our new purpose-built Science Teaching Facility or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow’s employers.

Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers—so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.

Career opportunities
  • 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
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