Bachelor of Geographical and Spatial Science

Gain skills and knowledge in GIS and spatial data to help develop solutions for issues such as climate change, growing population and land degradation.

Minimum ATAR
Years Full-Time

Majors available

Geographical and Spatial Science - Extended Major

An extended major in Geographical and Spatial Science will prepare your for a career as a spatial scientist or geographic information specialist. These skills can also be applied to career opportunities across a range of related areas such as marine and coastal science, geography, climate and weather, catchment and water processes, or environmental management. You'll develop expertise in the use of geographic information and spatial analysis techniques using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies. This degree-specific major can only be taken as a major in the following courses:

Careers and further study

Career pathways

A degree in Geographical and Spatial Science can lead to the following job roles:

  • GIS Officer
  • Spatial Scientist
  • GIS and Spatial Analyst
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Environmental Consultant

Specialisations include:

  • Geography and Spatial Sciences
  • Marine and Coastal Science Management
  • Catchment and Water Science Management
  • Environmental Science Management

Career pathway and industries:

  • Environmental consulting
  • Government environmental policy and regulation
  • Mining
  • Private sector
  • NGOs/Not-for-profits
  • Run and own spatial specialist consulting company

Further studies

  • An Honours in Geographical Sciences provides you with the skills and knowledge to engage in the advanced analysis of spatial patterns and processes in natural and built environments. It provides you with training in conceptual methodological approaches to geographical inquiry and develops an appreciation of the links between theory and practice in geography. You will also engage in an independent research project on a topic of geographical significance
  • Students are eligible for advanced entry into four specialisations of the UWA Master of Environmental Science degree. This allows students to complete a coursework, or coursework and thesis Masters in: Catchments and Water; Environmental Management; Marine and Coastal Management or Sensing and Spatial Data Science specialisations across 18 months or 3 semesters of study. Entry to the Environmental Rehabilitation or Environmental Economics specialisations is possible with conversion (an extra semester of study)

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course you need to: 

  • achieve an ATAR of 80
  • demonstrate English language competence
  • completed prerequisites: Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics units taken in your first year of study. Students without ATAR mathematics will take two first year mathematics units.  

View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.

Admission entry to UWA 

We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.

If you don’t meet these entry requirements, you can apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science and subsequently apply to transfer into this course, subject to meeting course transfer requirements set out in the course rules.

About the Bachelor of Geographical and Spatial Science

Challenge yourself with the Bachelor of Geographical and Spatial Science where you'll develop fundamental spatial science skills, knowledge and techniques to solve the world's biggest environmental issues.

This course has a strong focus on understanding the environmental processes including climate and hydrology that interact with landscapes, people and drive economies, including broader geography principles, demography and regional development.

Bachelor of Geographical and Spatial Sciences

Quick details

  • Available
  • 80
  • February and July
  • 3 Years full time
  • Specialised Bachelor's Degree
  • UWA (Crawley Campus)
  • Subject to approval from TEQSA

About the course

Geographical and Spatial Science studies focuses on understanding environmental processes and their interaction with people and economies worldwide. In this course you'll gain skills and knowledge in GIS and spatial data to help develop solutions for issues such as climate change, growing population and land degradation. You will learn how to use, manipulate, analyse and visualise spatial data to solve significant environmental and social issues such as climate change, population growth and land degradation.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on, practical industry relevant experience and for employers to help shape the graduates of tomorrow.

Why study Geographical and Spatial Sciences at UWA?

  1. Graduates with GIS and spatial data skills are in high demand and command a salary premium in the job market
  2. Opportunity to specialised in spatial sciences leading to rewarding careers in the geographical sciences field
  3. UWA is ranked 1st in Australia and 21st in the world for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ARWU 2022)

You'll learn to

  • demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of core geographical concepts to understand human and physical environments
  • apply well-developed cognitive, creative and communication skills in diverse contexts
  • review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge. Implement critical thinking and judgement to identify and resolve problems
  • present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the discipline of Environmental Science and further study
Ranked 1st in Australia and 21st in the world for Environmental Science and Engineering (ARWU 2022)

Recommended minors

It is recommended to combine your Bachelor of Geographical and Spatial Science with a minor from a field you could apply your skills as a spatial scientist, consider one of the following:

  1. Data Science minor (Advanced Data Science area)
  2. Ecology minor (Conservation Biology and Ecological Restoration area)
  3. Global Health minor (Population Health and Disease area)

Fieldwork in Science

Students on a boat in Elizabeth Quay