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, organisation and project management, numeracy, statistical literacy, computer applications (including geographic information systems), 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 it shapes and is shaped by the 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.

 

Course information

Study area

Geography

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1708

ATAR-SR

75

IB Score

26

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

089781G

UAC Code

755250

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 75 or an IB of 26. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

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.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY 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)

70

18

18

17

17

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 FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$15,720 (2020)

$94,320 (2020)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



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 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 25 - 27 February 2020
Session: 2 March – 25 June 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2019.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 25 October 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 14 February 2020. Late applications may be considered.

2020 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 27 July 2020
Session: 3 August – 3 December 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 3 July 2020.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2020. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 10 July 2020. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
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 from the recommended electives, the General Schedule or a minor as outlined below; and 
  4. no more than 60 credit points at 100 level.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
EESC105 Introductory Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG121 Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
Plus 12 credit points from the recommended electives, the General Schedule or a minor
Spring Session
EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
EESC103 Earth's Dynamic Surface 6 Spring
GEOG122 Living in a Material World 6 Spring
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn Session
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
Plus 12 credit points from the recommended electives, the General Schedule or a minor
Spring Session
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
Plus 42 credit points from the one of two streams (Physical Geography or Human Geography)

Physical Geography stream

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EESC209 G-cubed: Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics 6 Spring
GEOS215 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn
EESC323 Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 6 Autumn
EESC320 Project Management in the Earth and Environmental Sciences 6 Spring
EESC322 Coastal Environments: Process and Management 6 Spring
Plus 12 credit points from the Human Geography stream, recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor

Human Geography stream

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6 Autumn
GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures 6 Autumn
GEOG337 Policy for Environmental and Heritage Management 6 Spring
GEOG353 Qualitative GIS 6 Spring
Plus 18 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
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG241 Urban Geographies: Just and Sustainable Cities? 6 Autumn
GEOG251 Disaster Geographies: Risk, Policy, Management 6 Autumn
CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
GEOG292 Social Science Research Internship 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG335 Directed Studies in Geography and Sustainable Communities A 6 Autumn
GEOG339 Geographies of Change: International Fieldwork Intensive 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG351 Directed Studies in Geography and Sustainable Communities B 6 Spring
GEOG352 Social Science Research Internship 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG354 Environmental Crime and Justice 6 Autumn

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

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 the third year, should contact the Academic Program Director if they are interested in undertaking a fourth year of study that provides training in independent research.

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
  • Geologist
  • Geographer
  • 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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