The School of Environment is a lively friendly environment that can provide you with intellectual challenge along with a great social and collegial atmosphere. We offer a diverse array of courses, degrees and qualifications across both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science and host many groups and maintain and support a number of close professional affiliations, all of which contributes to the life of the school.

Areas of study

Bachelor of Science
The two areas of study are physical and human geography. Our physical geography courses introduce you to instrumentation for monitoring the environment and laboratory analysis of earth and organic materials. Our human geography courses introduce you to a range of social science techniques. Practical and field sessions in our courses consolidate the theory learned in lectures and extend the application of techniques, and in all areas of geography, computer applications are an important part of our practical approach.

Bachelor of Arts
Geography will give you a comprehensive knowledge of both human and environmental systems. You can study topics ranging from the social structure of cities to the management of natural resources.

You can study Geography in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Bachelor of Science:
You’ll gain valuable skills such as spatial data analysis and geographical information systems, landform and hydrological interpretation, introduction to population and economic statistics, computing skills, field skills and ethics. Geography teaches good analytical and reporting skills, and you can apply your training in real world situations. You will take part in field camps, which are a popular feature of studies in geography.

Bachelor of Arts
You will apply your learning to real world situations and consolidate theory with practical skills. Human Geography introduces you to a range of social science techniques, such as social and economic statistics and data analysis. Physical Geography introduces you to instrumentation for monitoring the environment and laboratory analysis of earth and organic materials.

Career opportunities

Geographers can find work in government agencies, regional authorities, city councils, Crown Research Institutes, engineering firms, education institutions, consulting firms and large companies. Many geography graduates are hired for their GIS training. Employers include forestry companies, environmental engineers and government agencies. Specific careers may include: demographic, statistical, marketing, industry or policy analyst, secondary school teacher, business manager, market researcher, climate analysts, environmental monitoring and consultancy, hydrographic, geographic science officer or manager, resource consent manager.

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