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This subject is taught by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.
Physical Geography is the study of natural features, resources and environmental processes at the surface of the Earth. It aims to explain the pattern of landforms, soils, vegetation, hydrology, coastal features and climate by understanding the processes operating at the surface of the Earth.
The interactions between humans and the natural environment are studied using a systematic approach. You will gain the tools to apply knowledge of natural hazards, Earth surface processes and sustainable resource and land use across a wide range of situations.
BSc major requirements Physical Geography
- ESCI/GEOG 111, ENVI/GEOG 114, one of (ESCI 112, GEOG 112); 15 100-level points from MATH, PHYS, STAT not previously taken to meet the BSc numeracy requirement
- GEOG 222; two of (GEOG 215, 220, 224)
- GEOG 324, 325; two of (GEOG 318, 319, 321)
Please visit our postgraduate study pages for information about postgraduate qualifications in Physical Geography.
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 for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.
Physical Geography courses are taught within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cotton Building, blocks A and B.
A/Prof James Renwick
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Major in Development Studies
Phone: 04 463 4719
Phone: 04 463 5337
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|400 Level Courses|
PHYG 414 – Climate Change: Lessons from the past
PHYG 415 – Special Topic A:
PHYG 417 – Environmental Modelling
PHYG 418 – Geomorphology and its Application
PHYG 420 – Water Resources
PHYG 423 – Field Geomorphology
PHYG 440 – Directed Individual Study
PHYG 489 – Research Project
|500 Level Courses|
PHYG 580 – Research Preparation
PHYG 591 – Thesis
|600 Level Courses|
PHYG 690 – Physical Geography for PhD
|800 Level Courses|
PHYG 889 – Project