Become A Geography Major
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office: Carolina Hall 224
Office hours during Fall 2017: Wednesdays 1:15-3:15
Geography studies the changing processes and patterns that shape the Earth’s surface, mold its environments, and make the places in which we live, and how human systems, institutions, and practices in turn remake the earth, alter its climatic and bio-physical processes, shape its landscapes, and create the built environment around us. Geography students participate in our faculty and peer mentoring programs, they can join our student research or service learning activities, engage with faculty and other researchers in the classroom, laboratory, and through fieldwork, or join the Geography Club. Undergraduates in Geography learn the science of earth systems, how to study and apply the effects of social, economic, and political processes in shaping social spaces and nature, and how to use mapping, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and other geographic information techniques. Many geography students pursue careers in research, teaching, environment policy, international development, or public service.
For administrative questions regarding courses, scheduling, or enrollment, contact the Student Services Manager:
Office: Carolina Hall 205A
BA Program Description and Requirements
All Majors Take ONE OF:
Geography 110: Geography of Environmental Systems
Geography 111: Weather and Climate
AND ONE OF:
Geography 120: World Regional
Geography 121: People and Places
Geography 130: Geographic Issues in the Developing World
AND All Majors Take ALL OF:
Geography 370: Introduction to Geographic Information
Geography 391 (Spring): Quantitative Methods in Geography
Geography 392 (Fall): Research Methods in Geography
Geography 697 (Spring): Capstone Seminar in Geographic Research
AND ALL Majors take 12 additional credit hours (4 courses) in Geography.
It is strongly recommended that at least 3 of the elective courses be at or above the 400-level.
Minoring in Geography
To earn a minor in geography, a student must pass a minimum of five courses, including any two of the following: 110, 111, 120, 121, 130, 370, 391, 392, and 697, as well as three elective courses
Students should consider focusing their coursework around one of the following “pathways”:
▪ Culture, Society, and Space
▪ Environmental Systems
▪ Geography of Health and Disease
▪ Geospatial Analysis
▪ International Development and Globalization
▪ Political Ecology
▪ Urban Geography, Planning, and Development
- Diversity and Justice
The official listing of degree requirements for geography is published in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Geography Department Undergraduate Advising
If you are interested in majoring or minoring in geography, please contact the undergraduate director to set up an initial advising appointment. The role of the department adviser is to help with geography course advising, to give geography career advice, and to provide other advice related to the major and minor (e.g., help with decisions about dual majors, minors, study abroad programs).Your major or minor can be confirmed by your academic advisor in Steele Building.
Advising for issues that do not involve the geography major or geography courses is provided by the UNC College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Program. College of Arts and Sciences Advisers are responsible for all non-major related advising including providing information about general education requirements and conducting degree audits.
The Undergraduate Handbook provides more details about the department:
Advising resources outside of the Geography Department: