Geography is the study of the Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments.


Many of the world's most pressing problems require an understanding of the interdependence between human activities and the natural environment. Geography provides you with insights into some of the major challenges facing the planet, including population explosion, growth of megacities, natural hazards, environmental degradation and climate change.

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Course description, features and facilities

Geographers study the Earth's landscapes, people and environments, and how these interact. The Geographical Sciences major is structured to enable students to explore a wide variety of highly contemporary issues and problems requiring the integration of natural and social sciences.

Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts, practical, computer and laboratory classes and tutorials. This major also includes local field work and field trips as well as an opportunity to participate in overseas residential field work in a variety of destinations in South East Asia, North America and Europe.

The Faculty is well equipped for teaching and research in geography and our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Centre for Regional Development, Planning and Transport Research Centre, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, the Oceans Institute and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.
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Student profile – Zara Kolatowicz

Coming to university I was undecided with regards to where I wanted to go. I tried so many things and somehow found myself in Geography. It was surprising how much I enjoyed it and inevitably I’ve made wonderful memories in these classrooms and on countless field trips: The best of which led me to the Midwest of WA where I undertook a research project on the Chapman River and shared great times with students and staff alike.

The two streams of geography (physical and human) means you have the flexibility to choose what interests you most. I have had the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of units ranging from hydrology to GIS to social geography and planning.

The pliancy of this course also means you choose broadening unit outside of your study area which are always fun! The critical skills you acquire will be applicable wherever you choose to go and always remember that choosing a geography degree is to choose diversity of knowledge and of experience.

See how UWA Science can change your world!

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition


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Career opportunities

The diverse skills and knowledge acquired by Geographical Sciences graduates results in them being targeted by employers including government authorities, private sector companies, environmental consultancies, non-government organisations and many other organisations concerned with managing the natural and human environment.


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Further study opportunities

You can continue to study specialisations within Geography at Honours and Masters level, including:

  • Environmental Management,
  • Urban and Regional Planning,
  • Geographic Information Science,
  • International Development.

Find out more about the Master of Geographic Information Science

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major as a second major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Science.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

Contact us

Future Students

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7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Geographical Sciences: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Albany (selected Level 1 units), Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
(618) 6488 7333
Additional information