The geography, environment and society major sequence exposes you to the major environmental issues and challenges our world faces today. It provides a methodology for analysis and interpretation and allows you to critically evaluate management strategies. There is an emphasis on project-based research and learning as the sequence progresses, with associated development of skills in data collection (in the field and from secondary sources), collation and analysis using industry-standard equipment and methods, including GIS and Remote Sensing. Field-based learning is a crucial aspect of studying geography at ACU, with opportunities for exciting field trips within Australia and overseas. These skills may then be applied to a range of applied professional situations.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • sustainability and tourism management
  • education and teaching
  • mapping and surveying
  • public policy and analysis
  • climatology and meteorology
  • project consulting and management
  • coastal, marine and hydrographic analysis
  • conservation, heritage and land management
  • natural resource management and agriculture
  • environmental and social impact assessment
  • environmental monitoring and management

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Completion requirements

A student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit offerings consisting of:

  1. 20 cp from 100-level units (Part A)
  2. 40 cp from 200-level units (Part B)
  3. 20 cp from 300-level units (Part C)

*Students in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary and Special Education) must complete 60 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of no more than 2 units at 100-level and at least 2 units at 300-level.

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

  • GEOG110Exploring Natural Environments10 CP
  • GEOG111Exploring Human Environments10 CP

Complete exactly 40 credit points from the following:

  • GEOG219Geography Research and Project Management10 CP


  • GEOG214Sustainability: The Global Challenge10 CP
  • GEOG216Climate Change: Past, Present and Future10 CP
  • GEOG217Political Geography: Borders, Migration and Conflict10 CP
  • GEOG218Natural Disasters: Risk, Response and Resilience10 CP

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

  • GEOG310Sustainable Cities and Communities10 CP
  • GEOG311Catchments to Coasts10 CP
  • GEOG312Mapping for a Complex World10 CP
  • GEOG313Environmental and Heritage Management10 CP
  • HUMA319Rome Field School: Landscapes Past and Present10 CP

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