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2013 Geography and Environmental Studies - KGA

Who are we?

The School of Geography and Environmental Studies is home to four areas of study related because of their complementary concern for the study of the Earth, its human and non-human inhabitants, interactions and relationships. In particular, these fields of study are concerned with the patterns and processes that arise from such interactions and relationships, and with questions of how to manage their effects for outcomes that are beneficial. These four areas of study are human geography, physical geography, environmental management and spatial science.

What career outcomes will geography and environmental studies provide?

Graduates of geography and environmental studies have real flexibility of choice in their career paths. Because they have been trained to understand the world as an integrated whole, and to appreciate elements of the parts that make up that whole, they are employed in local, State and Australian government departments dealing with every aspect of society. They are also employed in small, medium and large private firms - and especially in local, national and international environmental consultancies - and in non-government organisations, many of which are focused on environmental management or conservation.

As well as finishing university with a range of generic attributes such as advanced writing and speaking skills, capacity for critical analysis and independent thought, graduates from geography and environmental studies have a powerful mix of specific disciplinary skills in mapping, field work, archival research, statistical and qualitative research, and planning and management.

What sort of units are on offer and what else can be studied with them?


The following provides a sketch of the units comprising our main offerings. For more details about each unit click on the unit code for each relevant unit - the link will take you to a full description of the unit.

Introductory units have no prerequisites. Two 12.5% units, taught in both Hobart and Launceston, provide training in the basic elements of geography and environmental studies. These units may be taught into the Cradle Coast, depending on enrolments.

The two introductory units are:

  • KGA171 The Geography of Global Change
  • KGA172 Space, Place and Nature

Intermediate units assume the satisfactory completion of 25% of introductory units - that is both KGA171 and KGA172. Some intermediate units are available on both campuses, and some on only one. Information about such details is available from the School's website (

Six intermediate units are available:

Sixteen advanced units are available, in Hobart or Launceston or both.

  • KGA300 Environmental Research Project
  • KGA308 Global Political Ecology
  • KGA326 Environmental Geomorphology (focus on coasts and estuaries)
  • KGA327 Conservation Geomorphology (focus on karst and mountain)
  • KGA331 Vegetation Management (Spring)
  • KGA332 Fauna Conservation Management
  • KGA333 Forest Ecosystems
  • KGA334 Agroforestry
  • KGA340 Historical Geography
  • KGA372 Understanding Place
  • KGA373 Sustainable Settlements
  • KGA378 Wilderness Management
  • KGA381 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • KGA320 Changing Climates (not offered 2010)
  • KGG302 Remote Sensing Introduction
  • KGG340 GIS Spatial Analysis

All units listed above are considered science units.

Courses and combinations with other units from other schools

Undergraduate majors and minors in geography and environmental studies are possible in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Natural Areas and Wilderness Studies, among other degrees. Please contact the relevant degree coordinator about appropriate combinations of units for degrees. The wide scope of geography and environmental studies means that units can be combined usefully with those from other schools. Combinations will vary with the interests and intentions of the student:

  • Students primarily interested in the life and earth sciences may wish to take units in zoology, plant science and geology.
  • Students specialising in the science of climatology or remote sensing are encouraged to develop a background in computer science, mathematics and physics.
  • Students interested in social and spatial dimensions of climate or other major environmental change agents, or in community development may find units in administration, psychology, political science and sociology appropriate.
  • Students pursuing international relations and international environmental fields may take units in Asian Studies, History, Journalism and political science.
  • Students engaged in the creative arts or humanities may find that geography and environmental studies enhance your understanding of two of the major inspirations for artistic output - sense of place and environment.
  • Other combinations exist that may cater to your needs.

Surveying and spatial science
Postgraduate programs in environmental planning and environmental management
Honours and research higher degrees

For information about our specialist degree in Surveying and Spatial Sciences and our postgraduate coursework degrees click on 'Study Areas and Courses' above. For information about honours and research higher degrees, see the School's website at .


Please contact the School's appropriate academic advisor who can be reached initially via or +61 (0)3 6226 2463.

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