BSc Geographical Studies


for Sustainable




The Bachelor of Science degree in Geographical Studies for Sustainable Development examines the relationship between nature and its influence on human development, including the impact of human activity on natural environments.  The programme is a unique 2+2 degree programme in which an associate degree in earth sciences articulates seamlessly into a bachelor’s degree in geographical studies for sustainable development. Students will explore topics in physical and human geography, techniques such as mapping and geographic information systems, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods for geographers. All courses within the programme are infused with sustainable development perspectives which makes geography and earth sciences more relevant.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics and a science subject, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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    ESCI 190 Elements of Paleontology 3 COMM 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    ESCI 191 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    ESCI 280 Physical Hydrology 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research Skills 3
    ESCI 290 Principles of Mineralogy and Petrology 4 MATH 117 College Algebra 3
    ESCI 298 Structural Geology and Geological Mapping 4 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    GEOG 131 Introduction to Physical-Earth Systems 3 SCIE 201 or Intro to Contemp. Issues in Science or
    GEOG 132 Introduction to Human-Earth Systems 3 ENVH 102 or World Issues in Public Health or 1
    GEOG 136 Practical and Applied Geographical Skills 3 ENVH 121 Environmental Issues and Sustainability
    GEOG 165 Theory and Principles in Sustainable Development 3 SOCI 102 or  Intro to the Study of Society or
    GEOG 238 Advanced Geomorphology 3 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behavior and Diversity or  3
    GEOG 250 Meteorology and Climatology 3 Any approved Psychology or Sociology course
    GEOG 380 Cultural Geography 3 Core Curriculum Guided Elective or any other approved course
    GEOG 385 Sustainable Urban Geography 3 CHEM 112 or Concepts of Chemistry II or 3
    GEOG 390 Geography of Development 3 MATH 118 Pre-Calculus
    GEOG 394 Sustainable Trade and Tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean 3 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
    GEOG 396 Sustainable Agriculture for Tropical Environments 3 Six (6) credits from any approved Core Curriculum courses 6
    GEOG 414 Coastal Zone Management Technology 3 Total Core Curriculum Courses 34
    GEOG 488 Issues in Global Climate Change 3 GUIDED MAJOR ELECTIVE
    GEOG 489 Sustainable Alternative Energies 3 Choose any  three (3) courses from the list below 
    GEOG 490 Natural Hazards Management 3 ENVS 270 Solid Waste Management 3
    GEOG 493 Environmental Impact Assessment Practice and Application 3 ENVS 316 Tropical Forest and Wildlife Management 3
    GEOG 496 Economics of Sustainability and Natural Resource Conservation 3 ENVS 465 International Perspectives on Environmental Politics 3
    GISY 172 Introduction to GIS 3 LAWW 165 Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy 3
    BIOL 337 Biogeography 3 FREE ELECTIVE
    SCIE 199 Research Project I 2 Requirements – Choose any three (3) approved credits for which pre-requisites are met  3
    SCIE 299 Research Project II 2 Total Credits for Guided Electives 6
    SCIE 399 Research Project III 1
    SCIE 499 Research Project IV 1
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 80

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Geographical Studies for Sustainable Development, students must successfully complete 120 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:


    Courses in the major area of study 80 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 80 credits
    Guided electives 6 credits
    Core curriculum courses 34 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 120 credits

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