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Undergraduate

Geography

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-GEOGR Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Online - find out more
Study mode Online or on-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

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.

See the Courses Handbook for the structure of this part of the double degree.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.

70

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,440*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Landcare Worker

You may also find work in:

  • sustainability consultancies
  • sustainability offices
  • environmental consultancies and organisations
  • tourism
  • mining
  • agriculture 
  • community development
  • land care
  • social and environmental planning
  • journalism
  • government
  • health
  • education.

Possible careers

Natural Resource Management

If you are planning a career in natural resource management for government, industry or the non-government sector, you may wish to consider choosing electives in:

Regional Development Officer

If you are planning a career as a regional development officer, you may wish to consider completing electives in

Teacher

If you are planning a career in teaching you may consider choosing electives in:

Note: You will need to complete a one-year Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) after the completion of your Bachelor of Arts to become a qualified teacher.

Why Geography?

  • 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.