Geography, climate and physical environments integrates the study of environmental processes, landforms, soils and vegetation, climate and climate change, with human interactions and environmental management and policy.
There are two streams within this area of study:
- Land, water and climate – provides a pathway for students in the humanities and social sciences to enhance their capacity to work in interdisciplinary policy areas such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity and cultural heritage conservation, environmental activism, sustainable consumption and green economies.
- Geographical studies – provides an integrative approach for students interested in teaching geography at the secondary level or working in environmental education for local governments and public knowledge institutions.
Handbook entry: Geography, climate and physical environments
Download PDF: Geography and environmental science
“I always think of geography as the best accident that ever happened to me. When I started uni I had no intention of studying geography, but I decided to take some units in it because I was interested in international development. Every time I tell someone I am writing a thesis in geography their reaction is pretty much the same, “Oh, geography, that’s interesting… what does it actually involve?” I tell them that geography has fundamentally reshaped the way I view the world. That is enables me to consider human and physical phenomena from a unique perspective. I tell them that the study of geography will change the way you think about spaces, and is the most valuable area of study I have engaged in over my 8 years at university. Geography has allows me to study in rural South Africa, work on a consultation program with Oxfam International and is a discipline that has allowed me to combine my study in law and politics. Then they raise their eyebrows and say, “wow, it’s nothing like it was in school, I wish somebody had told me that geography is that interesting”.
- Giselle Diego, current honours student
Careers our graduates go into
Geography, climate and physical environments graduates can seek careers in the public, private and non-government sectors.
These include careers in land and water management; environmental policy; natural resource management; education; urban and regional development; conservation and heritage in national, state and local government agencies. Careers in the private sector are primarily based in environmental consulting, urban planning and economic policy. Careers in non-government organisations include major international aid and environmental conservation agencies and community-based groups.
Criminology and criminal justice
Available in South Africa only. The study of criminology and criminal justice will equip students…
Available as a minor only. Jewish studies equips students with an understanding of Jewish civilisation…
Available at South Africa only. This interdisciplinary area of study aims to enhance students’ knowledge…
Since opening its doors, Monash University has been a centre for studying the world’s diversity….
Monash integrates the areas of Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics to offer you a comprehensive…
Australia in the world
Available as a minor only. What does it mean to be Australian in the 21st…
Behavioural studies explores human behaviour from social, cultural and psychological perspectives. We employ theory and…
Available as a minor only. Bioethics aims to develop ethical thinking about the latest developments…
Child and youth development
Available in South Africa only. Poor early life experiences of children and adolescents, which can…
Chinese studies at Monash offers a world-class program integrating study of language and culture from…
With the communications program, explore the ways we – as individuals, groups and societies –…
Criminal justice draws on diverse areas including psychological studies, sociology and Indigenous studies to stimulate…