Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Dr Thomas Marambanyika

Chairperson: Department Of Geography and Environmental Studies


OBJECTIVES

This Department has a number of broad objectives that cover our modules and activities. Students have an opportunity to develop their ability to articulate nature and environmental issues within both the human and physical domain as well as appreciate the complex inter-relationships between these two. Geographers and Environmentalists find employment because they have a range of skills from numeracy, communication, literacy, spatial organization of human society and group activities to computerized mapping and spatial information systems, laboratory work and field work.

PROGRAMMES OFFERED

B.Sc (HON) IN GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

The overall objective is to put our degree Programme into a modern geographic and practical context, given the way that life and work patterns are now developing. The department seeks to have a principal focus on environmental concerns within both the natural and the human environment, past, present and with an eye on the future. With the realization that Geography and Environmental issues are of great relevance to commerce, industry and politics, and to planners and environmentalists, it is one of the Departmental aims to deliver the programme in such a manner as to produce graduates with a wide range of skills to solve the problems and challenges facing society. Through industrial attachment training, the Programme seeks to establish more relevance to the needs of the various stakeholders. It is envisaged that this will lead to the development of skills that will make its graduates particularly sought after.

CAREER PROSPECTS 

Geographers and Environmentalists have a great deal to contribute towards the society s ever-present and ever pressing desire for better living with particular reference to environmental management and human resources. Given the fact that the world in general is suffering from the effects of resource mismanagement, Geographers and Environmentalists are a major asset in the job market because they are trained to be broad minded, critical, articulate and versatile which render them trainable for most careers. Career outlets in which Geographers and Environmentalists can contribute include:

Business, Commerce and Industry:

Posts available, requiring further specific training on the job or apprenticeship include those in:

Managerial grades.

Marketing and market research.

In-depth environmental feature writers e.g. in Journalism, N.G.Os and Tourism.

Publishing trade.

Environmental Research.

Consultancy (especially in planning).

Public service:

In the civil service Geographers and Environmentalists can hope to secure employment as administrative officers,economic planners, land surveyors, soil surveyors, cartographers, estate management officers, environmental resource managers teaching in universities, poly techniques, colleges and secondary schools.

In the Armed forces, Geographers and Environmentalists can find employment in technical support services as hydrographers, meteorologists and specialists in remote sensing and air photo interpretation.

Posts in public administration and social welfare departments:

CONTACT DETAILS 

Department of Geography and Environmental Science Studies 

Midlands State University

P.Bag 9055

Gweru

Zimbabwe

Tel +263 54 260409 / +263 54 260450/+263 54 260667

Department Staff

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