UFSC Geography Program offers two types of bachelor’s degree: one with focus on teaching, that prepares students for a career in primary and secondary school teaching (licenciatura), and the other that prepares for activities of recognition, surveys, geo-economic and physical geographical studies, and other tasks in the general and specific fields of Geography (bacharelado). The program belongs to the Department of Geosciences at the School of Human Sciences and Philosophy. It is linked to five specific areas of this department: physical geography, human geography, cartography, geology and oceanography.
Ninety-five percent of the faculty members have a doctoral degree – including professors from the Department of Geosciences as well as from other departments.
Throughout the program, besides the classroom courses, students engage in activities in various laboratories (http://www.portalcfh.ufsc.br/laboratorios/) and in the planetarium, in field work and technical visits. Besides, they can improve their knowledge with a scholarship or working as a volunteer in research and outreach projects, becoming a student tutor in a curriculum course, going on an internship, taking part of the studies at another Federal Higher Education Institution through academic mobility, and going on an exchange program in one of UFSC’s partner institutions abroad.
The program organizes annually the SEMAGEO, the Geography Week, an outreach activity which allows students, professors and professionals to participate in lectures, debates and workshops for academic and professional advancement.
From the forth semester, students start taking specific courses according to the focus of their degree. When the focus is on teaching, by the end of the program, students do a supervised teaching internship in a public school. Otherwise, students write a final paper or a report on a supervised internship in the field.
The Geography graduate needs to have the following skills: ability to read and interpret various documents (landscapes, photographs, aerial and satellite images, maps, graphs, charts, texts, etc.); analytical and synthetic thinking; scientific awareness; public spirit; taste and availability for field work; and a critical and analytical view for issues related to production processes, organization and planning of the social space and the social life (economic, political and cultural), the natural processes and their relation with the social environment (environmental issues).
The laws that regulate the profession in Brazil are Law no. 6,664/79 and Law no. 7,399/85.
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