Faculty of Science


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.


Geography at Victoria is about the place where we live and who we are, and the interactions between them. In no other country are there more important reasons to study the land alongside the people who inhabit it. Along with a distinct local flavour, geography gives you a truly global knowledge base.

Victoria's major in Geography combines the social and scientific aspects of this discipline - you can take it as a major for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Study the natural environment and the interaction between its many aspects, or focus on human environments and the impacts of urbanisation and population growth.

Your study can follow one of five themes:

  • socio-economic and cultural systems
  • biophysical systems
  • environment and resource studies
  • regional and development studies
  • techniques for geographic analysis.

The skills and techniques you learn will help you understand and solve contemporary problems with flair and confidence.

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Undergraduate information

BSc and BA major requirements

  1. GEOG/ESCI 111, GEOG 112, GEOG/ENVI 114, STAT 193 or equivalent 
  2. GEOG 215, 217; one of (212, 214, 216, 222)
  3. GEOG 324, 325; 40 further 300-level GEOG points of which at least 20 points must be from (GEOG 312–316, 320)

A list of approved courses is included in the Geography Prospectus.

Postgraduate information

Please see postgraduate study for information about postgraduate qualifications in Geography.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office  offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office or Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Geography courses are taught within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cotton Building.

Prof Warwick Murray
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Major in Geography
Phone: 04 463 5029

School Office
Phone: 04 463 5337
Email: geo-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Cultural Anthropology
Development Studies
Earth Sciences
Environmental Studies
Physical Geography

Civil Defence
Crown Research Institutes
Information analyst
Local government
Policy analyst

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List of courses

Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Geography courses.

100 Level Courses

GEOG 111 – The Earth System: An introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Sciences

GEOG 112 – Introduction to Human Geography and Development Studies

GEOG 114 – Environment and Resources: the Foundations

200 Level Courses

GEOG 212 – Worlds of Development

GEOG 214 – Environment and Resources: New Zealand Perspectives

GEOG 215 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Science

GEOG 216 – Urban Geography

GEOG 217 – Human Geography: Approaching Our World

GEOG 220 – Hydrology and Climate

GEOG 222 – Ecology and Environment

GEOG 224 – Geomorphology

300 Level Courses

GEOG 312 – Race, Gender and Development

GEOG 313 – Geographies of New Zealand

GEOG 314 – Advanced Environment and Resources: Global Issues

GEOG 315 – Advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

GEOG 316 – Geographies of Globalisation

GEOG 318 – Quaternary Environmental Change

GEOG 319 – Applied Geomorphology

GEOG 320 – Population and Migration

GEOG 321 – Ice and Climate

GEOG 324 – Research Design

GEOG 325 – Field Methods

SCIE 303 – Special Topic