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Geographers study the relationship between people, place, and environment. With geography, you learn about how biophysical systems affect everyday human life and well-being, as well as about how social and political systems shape environments– locally and globally. Geography at Carolina trains students in diverse skills to create, model, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to address issues relevant to communities, policy-making, and scholarship.

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Geography has very broad applications. A sampling of things that geographers work on in this department includes sustainable urban development, climate change, access to health care, and development inequities.

The Geography Undergraduate Handbook and the Undergraduate Bulletin provide additional information about the department, major and minor course requirements, and course registration. The UNC Academic Catalogue has a complete list of courses offered in geography. You can find the course listings for this semester under the “Courses” menu.

Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Geography for more information on courses, requirements, and planning your geography major. 


Pathways in Geography

Pathways are suggested groupings of courses that reflect professional concentrations. We offer pathways in Climate Science, Environmental Systems, Health and Disease, International Development, Diversity and Justice, Urban Planning, and more!

The courses listed in the Pathways 2018 document are recommendations to guide your course selection. As a geography major, you can use these pathways to build a curriculum that addresses your specific areas of interest and goals. You can also design your own pathway!

To learn more about what Carolina geographers do, check out our 2018 and 2019 Geography Department newsletters, or follow us on Twitter @geographyunc!