Physical Geography

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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.

Physical Geography can be taken as a major as part of the Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Undergraduate information

Physical Geography major requirements

  1. GEOG/ESCI 111, GEOG/ENVI 114, one of (ESCI 112, GEOG 112); 15 100-level points from MATH, PHYS, QUAN or STAT
  2. GEOG 222; two of (GEOG 215, 220, 224)
  3. GEOG 324, 325; two of (GEOG 318, 319, 321)

Postgraduate information

Visit postgraduate study for information about postgraduate qualifications in Physical Geography.

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List of courses

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

Please note: the list of courses displays postgraduateā€“level courses for this subject.

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