The study of Geography is exciting, challenging and relevant to today's world. Geographers study the natural processes of the physical environment, as well as the activities and consequences of humans in this environment. Some geographers specialise in coastal, glacial or fluvial processes and landforms, climatology, biogeography, hydrology or environmental change. Others study regional economics, population change, the problems of rural or urban areas, or the experience of particular groups such as Maori. Still others, specialising in spatial analysis, bring the power of geographic information science to bear on a wide range of research problems. Increasingly, these varied interests are coming together in the study of environmental problems and Geographers lead the way in resource management.
By studying geography at the School of Environment you will learn:
- Effective research techniques through field work
- Demographic and economic analysis
- Physical landscape interpretation and landform reconstruction
- Cultural landscape interpretation
- Weather, wave, tide and river monitoring and analysis
- GPS field mapping of landforms and air photo analysis
- Mapping and analysing information using GIS
- Cartography and geo-visualisation
- Understanding of cultural ideas about the environment
- Laboratory analysis of soils and sediments
- Spatial data analysis
- Theory relevant to changing social organisations and cities, and current issues
Undergraduate Geography teaches valuable skills such as spatial data analysis and geographical information systems, landform and hydrological interpretation, introduction to population and economic statistics, computing skills, field skills and ethics. Geography demands good analytical and reporting skills, and our students apply their training in real world situations. All Geography majors take part in field courses that involve several days in the field away from Auckland. These are a popular feature of studies in Geography.
The School of Environment offers research-based courses of study at all levels in Physical and Human Geography, Geographic Information Science as well as Environmental Management and Science. Many geography students take advantage of courses from right across the school.
At postgraduate level our disciplinary based Geography programme offers the opportunity for students to extend their studies and engage in specialized research. Our teaching builds upon our research in areas such as physical and biological systems, resource management, economic and social structures, spatial organization, cultural landscapes and geographical information science.