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Undergraduate Study in Geography

Overview

We offer a choice of three high quality undergraduate degree courses in Geography to suit the different needs and interests of our students.

We present both a balanced overview of the contemporary study of human and physical geography and also a wide spectrum of research-led teaching, with an emphasis on scientific, analytical and critical content.

After the First Year  course, students choose from among a variety of pathways, allowing for specialisation in human geography only, physical geography only, or a mix of the two. These pathways are then followed beyond first year to graduation.

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Major in Geography

At Otago, Geography may be taken as the major subject for the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.  In addition many students enrol for undergraduate papers in Geography while pursuing professional studies in Botany, Commerce, Education, Geology, Law, Physical Education, Surveying and Tourism.

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Major in Environmental Management

Environmental Management is a major subject in the Bachelor of Applied Science and is taught by the Department of Geography.

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Field Courses

All Geography majors take part in field courses that may involve several days in the field away from Dunedin (at 200- and 300-level). These are a popular feature of the Geography programme and provide a valuable opportunity to apply your learning to the real world.

Find out more about Geography Field Courses

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Choosing which papers to take

Papers offered in the Department of Geography draw on our research. We offer undergraduate papers (formal lectures) from 100- to 300-level papers.

Schedule and list of Geography papers we offer

If you have any questions about our courses after viewing the information - you should in the first instance, contact the following course advisors

The above staff can advise you about course-related matters during the academic year. If you cannot one of these advisors immediately (e.g. staff may be in the field or on leave) then contact our departmental administrator

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Application information for prospective students

If you are a New Zealand or Australian Citizen or permanent resident and want to study at undergraduate level then please read:

Application information at for New Zealand students at undergraduate level

If you are an international student and want to study at undergraduate level then please read:

Application information for International students at undergraduate level

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

In the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme students focus on: regions of uneven development; geographies of social categories like ethnicity and gender; urban and rural change; geopolitical conflict; the human use of natural resources; the process and implications of economic restructuring.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Geography

YearPapersPoints
100-levelGEOG 101 Physical Geography
GEOG 102 Human Geography
18
18
200-levelGEOG 280 Research Methodology in Human Geography
Two further 200-level GEOG papers (excluding GEOG 290)
18
36
300-levelGEOG 380 Field Research Studies
Three further 300-level GEOG papers
18
54
Plus198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts
198
Total360

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Bachelor of Science (BSc)

In the undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme students focus on topics which are at the core of physical geography. These include landforming processes and their expression in the landscape; the earth's weather systems and climates; factors which lead to geographic variations in the distribution and growth of living things; and environmental controls on the availability and quality of water.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Geography

YearPapersPoints
100-levelGEOG 101 Physical Geography
GEOG 102 Human Geography
STAT 110 Statistical Methods
18
18
18
200-levelGEOG 290 Field Research Methods (Science)
At least one of GEOG 281, GEOG 282, GEOG 284, GEOG 286, GEOG 287, GEOG 288, GEOG 289, GEOG 298, GEOG 299; One further 200-level GEOG paper (excluding GEOG 280)
18
18
18
300-levelGEOG 380 Field Research Studies
Two of GEOG 387, GEOG 388, GEOG 390, GEOG 392, GEOG 393, GEOG 394, GEOG 395, GEOG 398, GEOG 399; One further 300-level GEOG paper
18
36
18
Plus180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science
180
Total360


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Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) in Environmental Management

Environmental Management has a science focus, with a core of papers on environmental systems, but it also covers the wider social, economic and political contexts, including the requirements of environmental legislation.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Environmental Management

YearPapersPoints
100-levelENVI 111 Environment and Society
GEOG 101 Physical Geography
GEOG 102 Human Geography
One of:
MATH 160 Mathematics 1
MATH 170 Mathematics 2
STAT 110 Statistical Methods
18
18
18

18

200-levelGEOG 216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
GEOG 290 Field Research Methods (Science)
Two of GEOG 281, GEOG 282, GEOG 284, GEOG 286, GEOG 287, GEOG 288, GEOG 289, GEOG 298, GEOG 299
18
18
36
300-levelGEOG 380 Field Research Studies
GEOG 397 Environmental Management
Two of GEOG 387, GEOG 388, GEOG 390, GEOG 392, GEOG 393, GEOG 394, GEOG 395, GEOG 398, GEOG 399
18
18
36
Plus144 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers144
Total

360

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Minor Subject Requirements

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc)

LevelPapersPoints
100-levelGEOG 101 Physical Geography
GEOG 102 Human Geography
18
18
200-level200-level Two 200-level GEOG papers (excluding GEOG 290)36
300-levelOne 300-level GEOG paper (excluding GEOG 380)18

Total

90

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