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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) majoring in Geography

YearPapersPoints
100-level

GEOG101 Physical Geography
GEOG102 Human Geography

  18
  18
200-level

GEOG280 Research Methodology in Human Geography
Two further 200-level GEOG papers (excluding GEOG290)

  18
  36
300-level

GEOG380 Field Research Studies
Three further 300-level GEOG papers

  18
  54
                           198 further points, must include 54 points at 200-level or above
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts                                                                     
198
Total   360

 

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Geography

YearPapersPoints
100-level           

GEOG101 Physical Geography
GEOG102 Human Geography
STAT 110 Statistical Methods

  18
  18
  18
200-level

GEOG290 Field Research Methods
At least one of GEOG281, GEOG282, GEOG283, GEOG284, GEOG286, GEOG287
GEOG288, GEOG289, GEOG298, GEOG299
One further 200-level GEOG paper (excluding GEOG280)

  18
  18


  18

300-levelGEOG380 Field Research Studies
Two of GEOG387, GEOG388, GEOG389, GEOG390, GEOG392, GEOG393, GEOG394
GEOG395, GEOG398, GEOG399
One further 300-level GEOG paper

  18
  36

  18

180 further points, must include 54 points at 200-level or above
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science
180
Total360

 

 

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Environmental Management

YearPapersPoints
100-level           ENVI 111 Environment and Society
GEOG101 Physical Geography
GEOG102 Human Geography
one of
MATH160 Mathematics 1
MATH170 Mathematics 2
STAT 110 Statistical Methods
  18
  18
  18
  18
200-levelGEOG216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
GEOG290 Field Research Methods (Science)
Two of GEOG281, GEOG282, GEOG283, GEOG284, GEOG286, GEOG287, GEOG288
GEOG289, GEOG298, GEOG399
  18
  18
  36
300-levelGEOG380 Field Research Studies
GEOG397 Environmental Management
Two of GEOG387, GEOG388, GEOG389, GEOG390, GEOG392, GEOG393, GEOG394
GEOG395, GEOG398, GEOG399
  18
  18
  36
144 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved
second major subject or other approved papers
144
Total360

 
Minor Subject Requirements

Geography (Arts Option) as a minor for a BA

LevelPapersPoints
100-level          GEOG101 Physical Geography                                              
GEOG102 Human Geography
18
18
200-level

Two 200-level GEOG papers (excluding GEOG290)                                                              

36
300-level

One 300-level GEOG paper (excluding GEOG380)

18
Total90


 

Geography (Science Option) as a minor for the BSc

Level
100-level   GEOG101 Physical Geography
GEOG102 Human Geography
18      
18
200-levelTwo of GEOG216, GEOG281, GEOG282, GEOG284, GEOG285, GEOG
286, GEOG287, GEOG288, GEOG289, GEOG290, GEOG298, GEOG299
36
300-levelOne of GEOG387, GEOG388, GEOG389, GEOG390, GEOG392, GEOG393,
GEOG394, GEOG395, GEOG397, GEOG398, GEOG399
18
Total90

 

 Environmental Management as a minor for the BAppSc

LevelPapersPoints
100-level     ENVI 111 Environment and Society
GEOG101 Physical Geography
18
18
200-level

GEOG216 Resource Evaluation and Planning

18
300-levelGEOG397 Environmental Management
One of GEOG281, GEOG282, GEOG283, GEOG284, GEOG285, GEOG286, GEOG
287, GEOG288, GEOG289, GEOG298, GEOG299, GEOG387, GEOG388, GEOG
389, GEOG390, GEOG392, GEOG393, GEOG394, GEOG395, GEOG398, GEOG399
18
18
Total90