Bachelor of Arts Honours in Geography, BA Hons (Geography)

The Honors Degree Program in Geography conducted by the Department of Geography & Environmental Management seeks to produce Scholars, Innovators, Leaders and Global Citizens in the following manner: 
Scholars - The graduates produced by the Department have a comprehensive knowledge and expertise in Geography. The standards-based knowledge and skills will remain the central pillars of every student's learning, creating a deep foundation that enables further inquiry and exploration in a variety of fields and areas of interest. As lifelong learners, graduates in Geography will develop global, civil, and environmental literacies throughout their studies.
Innovators - Graduates of the Department have to be with a vision for future and solution focused. They are curious, critical and creative. They have freedom, confidence and ability to express their unique selves. Geography graduates will have an exposure and experience in a variety of creative and artistic forms and disciplines that serve to ignite their curiosity and enable them to find new pathways for expressing their unique identities and for exploring their own skills and styles. They will know how to integrate creative problem solving in their work and how to approach environmental problems and challenges creatively and from multiple perspectives. 
Leaders - Graduates in Geography have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to positively influence and collaborate with others. They will have the experience and the knowledge to lead others toward solutions and to manage the resources and decisions entrusted to them equitably and responsibly. Our graduates will display empathy for others and—having had abundant opportunities to work in teams with both peers and adults during their studies—will be well prepared to lead and collaborate, both inside and outside the workplace. 

Global Citizens - Graduates who complete our degree programme are expected to be able to appreciate the role of the University and are aware of global issues. They are equipped with an ability to navigate and engage in the 21st century global society that is more inclusive and interconnected. Students will be "multilingual," gaining exposure to or fluency in other languages that might range from English and Sinhala or Tamil to sign language and computer coding. They will display an understanding and a respect for different cultures, and possess the ability to connect across racial, cultural and linguistic lines.

Graduate Capabilities
There are six clusters of generic capabilities which the Department seeks to foster in all of its graduates through teaching and learning in the respective Honors Degree Programs of study. These, as relevant to the Honors Degree Program in Geography, are:

1. Disciplinary Knowledge & Practice 

Graduates are expected to understand the scope of research, theory and practice in the field of Geography and appreciate the role of their discipline in its contexts especially in the policy formulation process. 

This theme includes the ability to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of the area of study.
  • critically analyze data, make judgments and propose solution to problems.
  • construct and sustain arguments use these arguments ,ideas and techniques in problem solving.
  • use practical skills and enquiry efficiently within the area of study.
  • conduct research in the field of study.
  • operate fluently in the terminology, analytic methods and practices of Geography.
  • understand the wider trends and developments that have shaped the field of study.

2. Critical Thinking 

Graduates are expected to be able to contest knowledge and practice, critically consider ideas, texts and research and think reflectively and reflexively. 

This theme includes the ability to

  • think imaginatively and innovatively.
  • evaluate problems from multiple perspectives.
  • access information and judge its pertinence.
  • introduce new dimensions to existing ones in the domestic environment.
  • enrich domestic tools of thinking.

3. Solution Seeking 

Graduates are expected to be able to apply theory, analysis, research and creative skills to solve problems and make reasoned decisions. They are expected to be able to consider long-term and big picture perspectives to address complex problems systematically and to be imaginative in their solution seeking.

This theme includes the ability to

  • construct and sustain arguments and use these arguments, ideas and techniques in problem solving for a given situation.
  • consider long-term and big picture perspectives including, where applicable, sustainability and geographical, socioeconomic and environmental impact. 

4. Communication & Engagement  

Graduates are expected to be able to receive and interpret information, express ideas and share knowledge with diverse audiences in a range of media and formats. They are expected to be able to establish a rapport and build collaborative relationships with individuals and groups.

This theme includes the ability to

  • communicate/present information, ideas, issues and solution efficiently and effectively.
  • demonstrate awareness of the current developments in the area of study.
  • participate actively in teams and professional networks.
  • communicate effectively using ICT skills and media
  • adapt an artistic, design-based or discursive style to audience and purpose.
  • express ideas effectively in writing, speech, design, image and sound using English, Sinhala and Tamil appropriately and accurately.
  • chart and present data. 

5. Independence & Integrity

Graduates are expected to be able to learn and work autonomously and ethically. They are expected to be lifelong learners, to show resilience, proactively and an ability to make principled decisions in academic and professional spheres. 

This theme includes the ability to

  • participate in lifelong learning in and beyond their discipline.
  • exhibit resilience, independence and personal autonomy
  • demonstrate leadership, personal characteristics and attitudes that are consistent with ethical behavior.
  • understand the academic integrity and professional ethics within a disciplinary context.
  • learn independently and proactively. 

6. Social & Environmental Responsibilities

Graduates are expected to be sensitive to cultural diversity and to embrace difference. Our graduates are expected to recognize a role for themselves in creating a sustainable future and be able to consider the geographical, environmental, socio –economic, and cultural consequences of national and international issues. 

This theme includes the ability to

  • consider the wider implications of local and global issues.
  • adopt sustainability principles and practices.
  • demonstrate awareness of sustainability implications of world events
  • exercise cultural competence and appreciate diversity.
  • participate in community based projects.


Year I Semester I
GEO 111(3) Introduction to Physical and Human Geography

Year I Semester II
GEO 121 (3) Basic Cartography

Year 11 Semester I
GEO 211 (3) H +G+M Advanced Cartography and Field Techniques
GEO 212 (3) H +G Geomorphology
GEO 213 (3) H Environmental Geography

Year II Semester II
GEO 221 (3) H +G+M Basic Geographical Information Systems(GIS)
GEO 222 (3) H +G Climatology
GEO 223 (3) H Population Geography

Year III Semester I
GEO 311 (3) H +G+M Quantitative Geography
GEO 312 (3) H +G* Regional Development and Planning
GEO 313 (3) H +G* Bio Geography
GEO 314 (3) H Remote Sensing
GEO 315 (3) H Urban Geography

Year III Semester II
GEO 321 (3) H +G+M Human Resource Management
GEO 322 (3) H +G* Land Use Planning
GEO 323 (3) H +G* Recreation Geography
GEO 324 (3) H Advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
GEO 325 (3) H Hydrology & Watershed Management
GEO 326 (3) G* Scientific Report Writing

Year IV Semester I
GEO 411 (3) H Research Methods in Geography
GEO 412 (3) H Natural Hazards and Disaster Management
GEO 413 (3) H Project Planning & Management

The Department has an authority to offer two course units from the following:
GEO 414 (3) H Medical Geography
GEO 415 (3) H Settlement Geography
GEO 416 (3) H Tropical Agro Forestry
GEO 417 (3) H Industrial Geography
GEO 418 (3) H Political Geography

Year IV Semester II
GEO 421 (6) H Dissertation / Practical Training

G* required to follow by the students who offer Geography as the major subject in the general degree only.

SLQF Level  
Credits Honors
Medium of Instruction Sinhala / English
Duration 04 Year Special
03 Year General