Geography Major (BA)

University of Notre Dame

Geographers are versatile individuals who strive to build a deeper understanding of the human and physical environments in which we live.

In the Geography major, you will become familiar with the relationships between people, places and environments, and how we interact with the world around us.

You will examine the threats and opportunities posed by urbanisation, globalisation, climate change and other global issues to communities within a local, regional, national and international context. You will be encouraged to explore Indigenous rights, migration changes and social movements; find effective systems of local, national and international governance; and learn how to secure essential food and energy supplies for those in need.

You will also be encouraged to develop analytical and practical fieldwork skills. You will be taught how to conduct interviews and surveys; carry out mapping, participant observation and statistical analysis; take field notes; and write demographic reports.

Geography is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

When coupled with Economics you can complete this major as part of our Bachelor of Arts or our Bachelor of Commerce. Your choice will determine your core units.

You can also study this major as part of a Science and Arts double degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply
This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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What you’ll learn
Apply interdisciplinary concepts and methods to understanding the environmental, social and economic aspects of development and change; extend the boundaries of knowledge about climate change
Think creatively to generate innovative solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges
Access, evaluate and synthesise information from various disciplines and integrate in order to assess human and environmental outcomes
Communicate effectively for the development of policy solutions that support sustainable development
Use of current technologies when applied to finding information and making decisions about sustainable development
Utilise lifelong learning skills and strategies for understanding the impact of change on human activities and the ecology
Describe the global context of the need for a change to sustainable development; explore best international practices for finding solutions; apply these concepts within a regional/local environment.
Recognise the importance of cultural diversity, including indigenous perspectives, in understanding and responding to environmental and social challenges
Work both independently and in teams to find effective policies and ethical solutions to environmental and social issues; show leadership as a professional practitioner or collaborator.
Why study Geography Major (BA)
Enrolling in the geography major at Curtin places you in a diverse community of students from around the world, surrounded by leading researchers working in the Southeast Asian region and Australia.
There is a worldwide shortage of trained geographers, couple this with the rediscovery of the discipline in the education sector and the employment market for geographers is growing.
Geography is about being in the field and taking part. There are opportunities to learn outside the classroom and opportunities to study and work abroad.
Student profile
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information
Natural Resource Manager
Landcare Worker
You may also find work in:

Sustainability consultancies and offices
Environmental consultancies and organisations
Community development
Social and environmental planning
Urban and Regional Planner

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code For the course code, kindly refer to the university website.
Institution Name University of Notre Dame
Campus Location N/A
Institution Type University
Course Duration N/A
Course University University of Notre Dame

About University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a private Catholic University, extending from the West Coast of Australia in the beautiful and historic City of Fremantle, to the North-West town of Broome and across the continent to the heart of Sydney.We embrace the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic Universities in Europe, North America and 2000 years of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. We welcome people of all faiths or none at all. As an academic community, we welcome open and rigorous enquiry, debate and discussion.


We have an enrolment of over 12,000 students and offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Our student experience, employment and graduate outcomes are the best in New South Wales and Western Australia, and among the very best in Australia.We provide our students with the theoretical knowledge and professional skills which will empower them to realise their potential, build interconnectedness with all peoples and willingly serve the community through active participation, engagement and reflection.


We have a powerful commitment to honouring the individual and recognise that each student is graced with their own gifts and talents. We believe that higher education should prepare students for a rich, fulfilling and reflective life, not just a career path.We are a modern Catholic University, operating in a world in which the vast speed of change is felt in nearly all aspects of our daily lives. We bring to bear our traditions and our values to engage in scholarship and research, to address the developments and challenges of the modern world, to serve the common good and to assist all our students to achieve the academic excellence that we promote and expect.


  • Our Objects
    The University’s Objects are at the heart of all we do as a Catholic university.The founding Objects reflect our distinct educational style, an experience that follows the traditions and practices within the Catholic intellectual tradition while welcoming students of all faiths and beliefs from around the world.The Objects are defined in Section 5 of the Act of Parliament of Western Australia which marked Notre Dame’s establishment in December 1989. Our Objects have guided our growth and development from a small but enthusiastic intake of just 50 postgraduate Education students on our Fremantle Campus in 1992 – to today’s vibrant community of more than 12,000 students across all three Campuses.
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    In today’s world, thinking critically and creatively are essential life skills.Notre Dame degrees, based in the Catholic intellectual tradition of liberal education, equip students with an increased ability to think and reason, a vital advantage not only during study but far beyond to their professional and personal lives.Students are encouraged to expand their minds. They learn to think creatively and critically, to see the world, its opportunities and their place in it more clearly. They learn to learn for life.We do this through our Core Curriculum courses in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics which are part of all Notre Dame degrees. They are designed to provide a unique and enduring advantage in all aspects of daily life.Through these courses students develop invaluable skills and graduate with the ability to think and reason – skills valued highly by employers.From a student point of view, we provide everything you would expect to find at any Australian university and more. At Notre Dame you will have an exceptional educational experience designed to set you up for life and a great career.
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    Now in the third decade of our existence as a university, we seek to realise our potential as a leading Catholic university in the competitive and shifting higher education environment nationally and internationally.Our distinctive contribution to intellectual and public life is based on our commitment to the harmony of faith and reason at the centre of Catholic discourse. This commitment underpins our vision of fidelity to the Church, full participation in academic life and committed service to the Catholic and wider communities.
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    At The University of Notre Dame Australia we take a 360-degree view of our commitment to student support. We believe our students can only fulfil their potential if they have the benefit of a high-quality education experience. So, rather than operating as a discrete entity which works in isolation from the day-to-day practices of learning and teaching, our Learning and Teaching Office (LTO) works in partnership with the academics at the coalface.One component of this partnership is to provide academics with Continuing Professional Learning (CPL) opportunities in the form of workshops, forums, seminars and one-to-one consultations. Our CPL program is informed by priority areas outlined in the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategic Plan as well as a series of ‘hot topics’ and key concerns in the higher education sector. Keynote speakers, both internal and external to the University, are featured as an integral part of the program – an initiative that is designed to bring new perspectives, enrich conversations and provide opportunities for further learning.The LTO also delivers the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education (GCLTHE), a qualification that introduces academics to contemporary theories and evidence-based practices of learning and teaching in higher education. Feedback from participants shows that they greatly value the learning opportunities provided by this graduate certificate. The LTO also offers e-Resources including ‘micro-modules’. Academics completing a set of modules and an assessment may apply for credit towards their GCLTHE.
  • Employment
    An exceptional educational experience requires exceptional people.The University of Notre Dame Australia offers an exceptional educational experience for its 12,000+ students coast to coast. This is made possible by our 700+ dedicated staff across our three Campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney, and our seven Clinical Schools in NSW and Victoria.The University seeks to recruit outstanding people who understand and respect our Objects, and have the skill, experience, qualifications, drive and persistence to pursue them. We expect our staff to be committed to excellence, to be creative, resourceful, self-initiating, and caring of each other and their students.We want our students to grow in all aspects of their lives – intellectually and spiritually.We achieve this through providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic intellectual tradition. As a young and innovative university, we are dedicated to providing a personal service to our students and adopting a caring approach to learning. Providing high quality university teaching, and professional work experience opportunities are critical to preparing our students for life and great career.

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