Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Geography
Your BSc programme will consist of a number of courses worth 15 points each, totalling 360 points.
You must complete the following courses plus a capstone course in your final year of study. The capstone course is a student-led project where you integrate and apply your learning to a real-world problem in your chosen major or specialisation. For Geography we recommend the capstone course, GEOG 399. For other capstone options, see our Capstone courses page.
30 points required from:
- 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 202 Cities, Regions and Communities (S1)
- GEOG 205 Environment and Society (SS and S2)
- GEOG 261 Climate, Hydrology and Biogeography (S1)
- GEOG 262 Geomorphology (S2)
- GISCI 241 Remote Sensing (S2)
- GISCI 242 Spatial Analysis for Human Environments (S1)
45 points from:
- 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, Society and Environment (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)
If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses. Contact the Science Student Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doing a double major with Geography
If you choose to do a double major in your BSc, we recommend the following subjects to complement Geography: Anthropological Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science, Geophysics, Psychology and Statistics.
Preparing for your Geography major
Some students will feel more prepared for our Geography courses if they have already studied some science subjects in high school.
Find out which school subjects will help you feel prepared by reading our Subject guide for school students.
Help and advice
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)
23 Symonds Street