Undergraduate study in Geography

Learn about your undergraduate study options for Geography.

What can you study in Geography?

You can study Geography as a major in the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts.

Geographers ask questions about society and the environment. They study the naturalprocesses of the physical environment, as well as the activities and consequences of humans in this environment.

Some geographers specialise in coastal, glacial or fluvial processes and landforms, climatology, biogeography, hydrology or environmental change. Others study regionaleconomics, population change, the problems of rural or urban areas, or the experience of particular groups in society.

As a Geography student you’ll study topics such as weather, wave, tide and river monitoring and analysis; demographic and economic analysis; how to interpret physical and cultural landscapes; mapping, cartography and geo-visualisation; analysis of soils and sediments, and many more. Fieldwork is an important part of studying Geography.

Structuring your undergraduate programme in Geography


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take for a major in Geography.

Where can undergraduate study in Geography take you?

A Geography degree is more than a passport to a wide range of careers; it gives graduates an edge. Many of our graduates use their training directly in the workplace, while others find the broad education and flexible skills are in high demand in the job market. Geographers can be found working in a wide range of occupations in an equally wide range of organisations. In recent years, Geography graduates have found careers in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Environmental and resource management
  • Commerce
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Policy and planning
  • Science (many organisations employ geographers as environmental scientists)

Further study options

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Help and advice

Help and advice for Arts students

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

Help and advice for Science students

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.env.auckland.ac.nz