Geography is the study of the environmental, cultural, political and economic processes that produce distinctive local, regional and global patterns across the Earth’s surface. It is one of the few academic disciplines that bridge the gap between the natural and social sciences. Geographers analyze how complex interactions among these spatial processes create constantly changing human and natural landscapes across the world.
Majoring in Geography & GIS opens a variety of career options. Understanding how and why phenomena are arranged in space provides insights into how they can be better arranged. Our alumni work in analyzing and managing both natural and human environments, including city and regional planning, resource management, geospatial data analysis, cartography, secondary teaching, tourism and recreation, market analysis and economic development.
Students can choose from one of three emphasis areas: Geographic Information Sciences (GIS), Global and Area Studies, and Secondary Teaching. Our programs are student-centered, with abundant opportunities for interacting with faculty and pursuing personal and professional interests. Beyond the classroom, we offer field experiences, individual (directed) research, and internships with local, state, and national agencies. The Department also has a dedicated Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) laboratory and Paleoenvironmental Research laboratory.
Rice paddy amongst the Karst landscape outside of Nanning, in southern Guangxi, China
Photo by: Tim Vowles
We are proud of our Geography & GIS Students who have won awards, are working at internships or otherwise strive for excellence in their academic study at UNC. For more information about Geography & GIS students in the news click on the Student Opportunities link above.