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Geography

Major

Geography is the study of earth as the home of people. As the need to find solutions to issues of environmental degradation and sustainability, population change and globalisation have become more challenging, the skills and knowledge of geographers have come to the forefront.

Through a geography major, you will study the interactions between earth, environment and society. This involves consideration of such issues as climate change, population growth, hazards and environmental management. You will have the opportunity to go on field trips to overseas locations and to rural and urban parts of Australia, and participate in tutorial debates about such issues as global inequality and poverty. You will also engage in computer-based analysis of geographic data, and on-line discussion boards and interactive education techniques.

About this major

Graduate opportunities

Students who have graduated with a geography major from the University of Sydney are found in many different private and public sector situations. Employers view the integrative and applied nature of geography as one of the discipline's strengths. Many geography graduates are employed as environmental or natural resource managers. Graduates have gone on to jobs such as environmental officers, overseas ambassadors, regional analysts, army officers, statisticians, cartographers, geographic information system (GIS) analysts, water quality officers and land care coordinators.

Career pathways
Courses that offer this major

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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