Course Description

Geographers help shape the future by understanding, explaining and predicting both human and physical environments. You will study the human and physical forces that shape the planet and the political, social and environmental issues that arise as a consequence of human interactions with the Earth. Never before have geography skills been so important: faced with anthropogenic climate change and predictions of rising seas, bushfires and flooding, geographers will help understand and plan for a sustainable, socially just and resilient future.

Equally, in an era of massive data of both physical and human processes, geographers have never been better positioned to support decision making and planning at all levels of government and business.

Your degree

The Geography program at UOW includes the opportunity to undertake practical laboratory and fieldwork, taking advantage of the local Illawarra environment including urban and heritage landscapes, coastal landscapes, rainforest escarpment and freshwater ecosystems.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to apply the latest technologies in spatial analysis and satellite imagery within the context of these environments. These skills are in demand across a broad range of sectors including government bodies, industry, and consultancies.

What you will study

You will learn skills in logical and critical thinking, creative problem-solving, practical research, organisation and project management, numeracy, statistical literacy, computer applications (including geographic information systems), and strong communication. You will apply these skills to problems in physical and human geography, studying the natural environment, its processes, and the interaction of these with human society and the way it shapes and is shaped by the natural world.

Your studies will include climate change, biogeography, coastal and fluvial environments, populations, urban and regional societies, spatial geography and environmental management.

Tuition Fees

International Students: $30,816 per year full-time


3 years full time, 6 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 74.0% (national average 67.0%)
Improved skills: 87.2% (national average 85.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 89.3% (national average 83.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Wollongong (UOW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 64.0% (national average 57.2%)
Studying full time: 45.7% (national average 45.2%)
Median full time salary: $54,100 (national average $55,300)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 089781G
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 1708

Entry Requirements

Lowest ATAR to receive an offer: 68
Median ATAR to receive an offer: 72
Highest ATAR to receive an offer: 89
Guaranteed entry ATAR: 75