What’s Unique about Geography at UNCG?

  • Geography offers a bridge between social and physical sciences designed to address environmental problems, improve international commerce, and increase understanding and respect across cultures.
  • The Geography Department houses labs that support teaching and research studies in dendrochrology (tree ring studies), soils and regolith analysis, and Geographic Information Systems.
  • Class sizes are small. Freshman classes typically have fewer than 80 students; upper-level courses fewer than 50 students; and computer mapping, GIS, and physical lab classes fewer than 25 students.
  • A geography summer field school is commonly offered that provides an opportunity for extended travel and directed study in interesting areas across the United States and the world.
  • An accelerated degree program creates the potential for undergraduates who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher to complete both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Gamma Theta Upsilon (international geography honor society)
  • The Geography Club (sponsors biweekly lunch seminars with faculty and professional speakers)

Student Opportunities

Career Experience through Internships that include:

  • Guilford National Military Park – Creation of GIS system for park management
  • City of Winston-Salem – Development of zoning regulations for neo-traditional neighborhoods
  • City of Greensboro, Stormwater Services Division – Mapping stormwater flows and water quality
  • Watershed Concepts – Creation of flood zone maps for FEMA


Examples of potential entry-level jobs include population analyst, economic development consultant, environmental consultant, water resource manager, GIS analyst, cartographer, earth scientist, and urban or transportation planner.

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

  • Most faculty members belong to the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Southeastern Division of the AAG, and the North Carolina Geographic Society.
  • Other faculty members are members of more specialized organizations such as the American Meteorological Society, the Population Reference Bureau, and the North American Cartographic Society.
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237 Graham Building


Department Chair/Director:
Corey Johnson

Available Curriculum



M.A. in Applied Geography, Ph.D. in Geography, Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Global & Regional Studies in Geography and Urban & Economic Development

Common Interests

Adventure & Travel
Global Studies
Government & Politics
Human Behavior