Solutions for complex global issues

Geography goes far beyond maps and graphs. Looking at both sides of the human-environment relationship, the Bachelor of Geography combines studies in both Social Science and Science to provide an appreciation of diverse forms of knowledge that helps provide solutions for complex global issues such as environmental and climate change, population and urbanisation, economic change and planning, and citizenship.

In an era of ‘big data’ Geographers can provide the skills and tools to support decision-making and planning across government, business and community sectors.

Belong to one of the best

  • World-class geography: UOW is globally ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, and UOW ranked among the top 100 universities in the world for Geography in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by subject.

  • One of the best in NSW/ACT: The federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2020 as second in New South Wales and the ACT for undergraduate Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences.

  • Five-star education: In the 2020 Good Universities Guide, UOW received a five-star rating for learning resources in the study area Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences.


You’ll undertake extensive fieldwork and practical laboratory work, taking advantage of the diverse local environment, including urban and heritage landscapes, and coastal, rainforest and freshwater ecosystems.

You'll develop highly transferable skills that can be applied to many organisations and industries, such as logical and critical thinking, creative problem solving, research, organisational skills, project management, numeracy, statistical literacy, holistic thinking and computer skills.

Learn from the best

Your teachers are leading researchers tackling complex world issues, including climate change, sustainability, urban and economic change, Indigenous perspectives on place and environment. 

You’ll be involved in rewarding research projects that will help solve real-world issues.

Number 1

The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranks UOW equal first among Australian public universities, with overall satisfaction of graduates at 89.7 per cent.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2021

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

With such a transferable skill set, Geographers find employment in a diverse range of organisations, across the government, business and community sectors.

No matter your path, your UOW degree is appreciated by employers; UOW is consistently rated in the world's top 200 by global employers (QS Graduate Employability rankings). Here are just some of the careers you could pursue:

  • Research Officer
  • Heritage Officer
  • Policy/Project Officer
  • Hydrologist
  • Tourism and Recreation Planner
  • Geospatial Intelligence Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Ranger
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • International Aid Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Sustainability Educator
  • Social Planner
  • Consulting and Project Management
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Population Analyst
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Geomorphologist
  • Ecologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Hazardous Waste Planner
  • Map Editor
  • Coastal Zone Manager
  • Soil Specialist
  • Water Resource Manager

Read more: What can I do with my degree?

Meet Lucy

I had my heart set on a career based around conserving and protecting the natural environment. It was through the study of Human Geography that I discovered I could work at the interface between people and the environment and it’s here that I found my passion.Lucy Farrier2011 - Bachelor of Science (Honours) Land and Heritage Management Environment Officer, Shellharbour City Council

For a sustainable future

Taneesha studied a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Human Geography at UOW. She has always had a passion for ocean and environmental conservation, and she hopes to use this, along with her degree, to create a sustainable future.


[Taneesha - Bachelor of Social Science (Human Geography)]
My name is Taneesha and I studied a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in human geography.
Growing up I kind of always had a passion for environmental and ocean conservation.
I chose Human Geography because it allowed me to study that and explore that passion in a way which incorporated people.
I want to use my passion for ocean and environmental conservation, combined with the skills I've learned in my degree, to create a sustainable future.

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