B.Sc. Geography is a 3-year undergraduate course in the field of Geography, which is the science that involves the study of the Earth and its many lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena, besides map and geographical imagery-interpretation.
Top Institutes offering this course are:
- Madras Christian College, Chennai
- Presidency College, Chennai
- Jadavpur University, Kolkata
- Queen Mary’s College, Chennai
- Loreto College, Kolkata
The average tuition fee charged in India for B.Sc. in Geography ranges around INR 5 lacs for private institutes but is as low as INR 5,000 for government institutes.
Four historical traditions in geographical research are the spatial analyses of natural and human phenomena (geography as a study of distribution), area studies (places and regions), a study of the man-land relationship, and research in earth sciences.
The course’s syllabus is spread across 6 semesters. The average annual salary offered to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 15,000 and 30,000, depending upon the organization, job profile, qualification, skills, and work experience.
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B.Sc. Geography: Course Highlights
Given here are the basic highlights of the course.
|Name of the course||B.Sc. In Geography|
|Duration||3 years, full-time/ Distance Learning|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 in any stream|
|Admission Process||Merit-based. Entrance exam in some cases|
|Average Course Fee||INR 5K to 5 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 25 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Planetariums, universities, local government, the Armed Forces, private companies, environmental consultancies, environmental protection agencies, utilities, charities, information systems organizations, education authorities, further and higher education institutions, commerce, industry, transport, tourism and the civil services.|
B.Sc. Geography: What is it About?
Geography is the science of studying land features, its inhabitants and other related phenomena. In this course, students get to learn about all the factors of Earth and its land distribution, research about areas and regions, type of lands, earth science and much more.
B.Sc. Geography course extends foundational knowledge in human geogrpahy, economic geography, physical geography, practical knowledge of maps and scales. Students are provided with a fair share of theotrical and practical knowedge of geaography as a whole.
There are various career opportunities that are available for B.Sc. Geography graduate. A student can successfuly bag a job in areas such as academic institutions, national parks, cartography centres, environment agences, urban planning agencies.
B.Sc. Geography: Top Institutes
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer B.Sc. in Geography.
|SR.NO.||COLLEGE/INSTITUTE||STATE||TUITION FEES (PER YEAR) IN INR|
|HANS RAJ COLLEGE - [HRC], NEW DELHI||NEW DELHI, DELHI NCR||16,173|
|JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||2,400|
|SURESH GYAN VIHAR UNIVERSITY - [SGVU], JAIPUR||JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN||87,117|
|GOKHALE MEMORIAL GIRLS' COLLEGE, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||18,970|
|BIHAR NATIONAL COLLEGE, PATNA||PATNA, BIHAR||2,273|
|LADY BRABOURNE COLLEGE - [LBC], KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||4,349|
|RANCHI UNIVERSITY, RANCHI||RANCHI, JHARKHAND||2,382|
|PATNA SCIENCE COLLEGE, PATNA||PATNA, BIHAR||3,558|
|PRESIDENCY UNIVERSITY, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||3,800|
|ST. XAVIER'S COLLEGE - [SXC], RANCHI||RANCHI, JHARKHAND||13,850|
|BARRACKPORE RASTRAGURU SURENDRANATH COLLEGE - [BRSNC], NORTH 24 PARGANAS||NORTH 24 PARGANAS, WEST BENGAL||7,813|
|ASUTOSH COLLEGE, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||9,700|
|VIDYASAGAR COLLEGE, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||5,450|
|LORETO COLLEGE, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||11,217|
|GOSSNER COLLEGE, RANCHI||RANCHI, JHARKHAND||9,937|
|THE IIS UNIVERSITY - [IISU], JAIPUR||JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN||37,472|
|HIRALAL MAZUMDAR MEMORIAL COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||1,565|
|JOGESH CHANDRA CHAUDHURI COLLEGE, KOLKATA BENGAL||KOLKATA, WEST||7,495|
|SOUTH CALCUTTA GIRLS COLLEGE, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||1,265|
|RAMMOHAN COLLEGE, KOLKATA||KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL||10,830|
B.Sc. Geography: Eligibility
Candidates wishing to apply for B.Sc. Geography course needs to have completed the Higher Secondary (10+2) education in any discipline or equivalent qualification, from a recognized educational Board, and with a minimum aggregate score of 50%. Candidates awaiting their 10+2 or Diploma results may also apply for the course.
B.Sc. Geography: Admission Process
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on the merit obtained at the 10+2 level, however, some select candidates based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission to B.Sc. Geography course. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s score at the level of graduation.
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B.Sc. Geography: Syllabus and Course Structure
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Geography of India||Physical Geography I|
|Maps and scales (Practical)||Representation of Physical Features (Practical)|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|Physical Geography II||Human Geography|
|Representation of Climate Data (Practical)||Maps projections (Practical)|
|Semester V||Semester VI|
|Economic Geography||Introduction to Remote Sensing, Hours GIS, and Quantitative Methods|
|Distribution Maps and Diagrams (Practical)||Prologue to Remote Sensing and Field Survey Report (Practical)|
B.Sc. Geography: Career Prospects
Successful completion of the course enables graduates to pursue a variety of career options in any specialization in the subject, such as:
- Cartography- Geographers who specialize in this make maps, charts, globes, and models.
- Geographical Surveys- Geographers may join the Survey of India or State Survey Departments or private associations. Surveyors delineate the surface of the earth through scientific propositions and fieldwork.
- Urban and Regional Planning- concerned with planning, housing, and development projects with respect to a specific location and utilization of available land-space. There are degree courses available in this stream.
- Town Planning- public and private organizations engaged in urban planning and design and by NGOs involved in rural development projects. A number of universities in India offer Diploma courses in the specialized field of Town Planning.
- Remote Sensing- Study of quickly changing phenomena such as floods, drought, and forest fires, etc. Remote sensing satellites provide detailed information about the earth's surface.
Academic Institutes, Urban Planning Bodies, Cartography Centers, Content Writing (geological), Environment Agencies, Zoos & National Parks are some of the major areas of employment for such graduates.
Successful graduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Urban Planner, Cartographer, GIS Specialist, Climatologist, Environmental Management, Writer or Researcher, Demographer, National Park Service Ranger, Geo Analyst Trainee, Geography Teacher, and such.
B.Sc. Geography: Academic Options
Successful graduates of the course interested in pursuing further studies in the discipline may go for M.Sc., PG Diploma, or PG Certificate programs in Geography. They may later pursue Ph.D. in the subject, the successful completion of which makes one eligible for the post of Lecturer in universities/colleges.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Title||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Urban Planner||Urban and Local Planners create plans and projects for the utilization of land. Their arrangements help make land development and rejuvenate physical offices in towns, urban communities, regions, and metropolitan ranges.||1,80,000 - 6,00,000|
|Cartographer||Cartographers are involved in the logical, innovative, and aesthetic parts of creating and delivering maps. They interpret complex data such as graphs, outlines, and spreadsheets, and simpler maps.||2,60,000 – 7,50,000|
|GIS Specialist||Geographic Data Frameworks (GIS) Specialists gather and depict different sorts of geographical information as outlines or maps.||2,69,000 - 8,70,000|