BSc Physical Geography
UCAS code F840
Core modules • Core Skills in Geography • Sedimentology • GIS
The Physical Geography degree oﬀers the opportunity to explore both physical processes and environmental aspects of geography. This BSc course shows how environments have changed in the past, what controls the dynamics of environments in the present and how we can predict changes in the future. The major components of environmental variability are studied, and an important aspect of the course is hands-on training in practical analytical techniques. The course is built around a core of earth science modules. Options and ﬁeld studies in Years 2 and 3 are similar to those for BSc Geography, with the addition of core modules in Sedimentology and Geoprocess Modelling. All students participate in a ﬁeld trip to the North York Moors National Park in the ﬁrst year. A number of optional overseas ﬁeld-study modules are available in the second year. Current locations for ﬁeld trips are France and Tenerife. Many optional modules also include a ﬁeld-work element, and there is an optional third-year ﬁeld course based in Iceland. The Physical Geography degree recruits 15–20 students each year. The provision of small-group teaching and the development of a wide range of ﬁeld and laboratory skills are central to this programme.
Degree structure Year 1 Core modules • Introduction to Geographical Methods • Global Environments • Geoscience • Geobiology • Landforms and Ecosystems Optional modules • Dangerous Planet • A module outside the department
Optional modules • Field study (e.g. France or Tenerife) • Processes and Landforms • Ecosystems • People, Land and Time • Past Environments • Atmosphere, Ocean, Biosphere • A module outside the department
Year 3 Core modules • Dissertation • Geoprocess Modelling Optional modules • Quaternary Environments • Applied Project (placement) • Water Resources • Spatial Analysis (GIS) • Fluvial Processes and Management • Renewable Energy • Wetland Archaeology • Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers • Geographical Ecology • Field study (Iceland) • A module outside the department
Geography Undergraduate study 2011