Director of Undergraduate Studies

Nina Martin


Associate Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 224
(919) 962-3916
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:

Nell Phillips
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”:

▪   Climatology

▪   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:

Undergraduate Handbook

Advising resources outside of the Geography Department:

▪   Contact the UNC Career Services Office for career counseling and other resources for job seeking.

▪   For more information about UNC study abroad programs see the UNC Study Abroad Office website.

   The Writing Center

   The Learning Center

   Counseling and Wellness Services