Bc. - Geography in Public Administration

Bachelor´s degree single-subject full-time study with the standard length - 3 years.



Department of Geography, Faculty of Education, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Jeronýmova 10, České Budějovice   

Phone number: 387 773 060, e-mail adress: hmalikova@pf.jcu.cz


Course characteristic

Bachelor's degree course in Geography in Public Administration is a practically oriented discipline aimed at training professionals with geographical education for public administration in the Czech Republic. Substantial part of the study area are theoretically (general physical and human geography, cartography, regional geography) and practically (urban planning, regional development, applied landscape ecology, project management) oriented geographic subjects combined with courses in social sciences (sociology, economics, political science, law, public administration). This combination of courses which is unique in the Czech Rebublic enables understanding of the basic theoretical and practical knowledge of geography and public administration, thus increasing graduates’ success in the labor market in the Czech Republic. An integral part of the study is completing compulsory internships in public administration institutions, allowing students to become acquainted with the practical problems of public administration during the studies. Students of Geography in Public Administration are routinely involved in research activities of both departments especially in the area of regional development and public administration.


Graduate profile

Graduate of Bachelor's degree of Geography in Public Administration has a basic knowledge about the geographic sphere system and its individual components, in particular the subsystem of natural and social components. The graduate controls the basic methods and techniques of complex analysis of physical geographical (geology, geomorphology, climageography, pedogeography, biogeography) and human-geographical environments (population, demography, settlements, industry, agriculture, transport, services, tourism) in the regional units of various levels (community, district, county, State, continent, earth). Graduates are able to analyze these components through basic statistical methods and lessons learned to interpret demanding cartographic methods and the methods of the geographic information systems (GIS).

The graduate controls the principles and methods of organization and management of regional departments of public authorities (State and local government). He knows the basic principles of their activities, their rights and obligations. The graduate is familiar with the basic principles of administrative law and instruments that are used in the public administration system and also controls the laws and principles of the macroeconomic and the microeconomic sphere.

The graduate has wide possibilities to apply in the bodies of all levels of State and local government (municipal, district, regional, State). He also has wide possibilities of applying as a qualified expert in the applied sphere (institutions dealing with regional development, environmental issues, etc.) or in business.


Admission exam of Geography

Admission exam is oral.

Each of the applicants must appear personally to one of the dates of the entrance exams in Geography, although he is exam exempted, otherwise fails to meet admission requirements. Oral exam questions are based on the requirements of the Geography curriculum at grammar schools and cover the following topics:

  • Human Geography - social components of landscape sphere (population, settlement, industry, agriculture, services, transport), disciplines of Human Geography (Geodemography, Geography of Settlement, Industry, Agriculture, Services and Transport Geography), social and global problems,
  • Regional Geography - Czech Republic and Europe - climate, hydrological conditions, orography, biota, population, settlement, economy, political situation,
  • Cartography - scale and map content, cartographical representation, types of map,
    measurements on maps,
  • Physical Geography - natural components of landscape sphere (atmosphere, litosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, pedosphere), disciplines of Physical Geography (climatology, hydrology, biogeography, geomorphology, pedology), physical geographic zones on the Earth, global problems of natural landscape sphere,
  • other questions may relate to actual political and geographical problems of individual regions of Europe and Czech Republic. 


Criteria for evaluation of admission exam

During the oral exam you can get up to 100 points, with maximum 50 points for the orientation on the map of Europe and the Czech Republic and a maximum of 50 points for the geographic facts and basic knowledge of general geography. The minimum number of points in the category "pass" is 40 points.