What You Will Learn

Geography is a topic that is always making an appearance in today’s news, whether it’s relating to migration debates or warnings about climate change and its consequences. The discipline is unquestionably relevant to our daily lives, particularly in regards to spatial patterns. You will explore why societies and environments differ from one place to another and analyze how they have come to be what they are today.

All societies are part of physical environments that have been shaped in varying degrees by humans. Different aspects of the natural environment can be considered, from the effects of human intervention to the processes behind the breakdown of climate, biogeography, soils, hill slopes, rivers, glaciers, and volcanoes.

A geography or environmental studies course is perfect if you’re interested in interdisciplinary learning and want to explore a mix of natural, social, and humanities sciences.

How You Will Learn

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, lab work, and field practicals. Fieldwork is a crucial aspect of geography and environmental studies, and employers often highly value students who undertake activities outside the classroom, as it shows their problem-solving and analytical skills.

Some geography and environmental studies programs may also provide you with the opportunity to study abroad.

After finishing the course, you will have the ability to analyze complex issues, put particular events into a broader context, and effectively present your ideas in written, visual, and verbal forms. Group work is also typically an essential part of the program.

Entry Requirements

Entry grades will vary, but most geography courses are likely to require an A-level (or equivalent) in geography. However, having a background in biology, chemistry, maths, or physics can also be beneficial and positively impact your application’s success. Environmental science courses at highly selective universities generally require at least two A-levels (or equivalent) in environmental sciences, such as biology, chemistry, maths, physics, or geography.

Career Possibilities

Your employment options are expansive. You can pursue a career that specifically relates to your degree program, such as jobs in local authority planning or transport departments, or in environmental consultancy firms. Charities and NGOs involved in environmental concerns may also provide other avenues for employment.

Additionally, like with other degree programs, you will develop various transferable skills that could lead you to other work opportunities, such as in IT.

If you study this area, you will be well-prepared for further studies either in earth and social sciences or something entirely different, like teaching or youth work.


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    Noah Taylor is a bloger, teacher, and writer living in upstate New York. He is the author of the highly successful educational blog, Noah's World, and the creator of the popular teacher resource, Noah's Notes. He has also written for many online publications, including Parenting, The Huffington Post, and The Learning Place. Noah is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.