Bachelor of Arts majoring in Geography
Structuring your major in Geography
You can take a major in Geography as one of your two BA majors (a double major). BA majors that complement Geography include Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology. If you wished to add another dimension to your studies, you could choose your second major from any other BA subject, such as Media, Film and Television or English. You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.
If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018
For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.
For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.
For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I.
You must pass the following courses as part of the Geography major:
- GEOG 101 Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (available in Semesters 1 and 2)
- GEOG 102 Geography of the Human Environment (S1 and S2)
Additional courses include:
- GEOG 103 Mapping Our World (Summer School, S1 and S2)
- GEOG 104 Cities and Urbanism (S2)
- EARTHSCI 105 Natural Hazards in New Zealand (S1 and S2)
At 200-level you should take GEOG 250 plus at least two others, one of which must be either GEOG 202, 205, 261 or 262:
- GEOG 305 Population, Health and Society (S1)
- GEOG 307 Urban Geography (S1)
- GEOG 312 Geographies of Pacific Development (S1)
- GEOG 320 Resources and Environmental Management (S2)
- GEOG 322 Culture and Environment in East Asia (S2)
- GEOG 324 Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development (S1)
- GEOG 325 The Human Dimension of Disasters (S1)
- GEOG 327 Politics, Markets and Economies (S2)
- GEOG 331 Fluvial Geomorphology (S1)
- GEOG 332 Climate and Environment (S1)
- GEOG 334 Environmental Change (S2)
- GEOG 342 Technology, Power and Social Change (S2)
- GEOG 351 Coastal and Marine Studies (S1)
- GEOG 352 Landscape, Environment and Heritage (S2)
- GISCI 341 Advanced Remote Sensing (S1)
- GISCI 343 GIScience Programming and Development (S1)
- GEOG 399 Capstone: Geography (S2)
Please note that these courses are all officially listed on page 89 of the 2021 Calendar.
Help and advice
For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.