Your Future in Geography

We offer a hands-on approach to completing necessary coursework, which allows you to immediately apply classroom learning to ongoing research and fieldwork conducted by the Department of Geography and the Environment.

You can pursue degree concentrations in earth science, human geography or archeology. Coursework focuses on:

  • Earth systems and the environment
  • Geographic information systems, remote sensing and cartography
  • Urban, economic, health and social processes

You also can earn credit through an internship or as part of a specialized course taught at one of our international field schools in the British Isles, Ghana or China.

A minor in archeology or geology and a certification in geographic information systems are also available.

Our faculty members are renowned scientists and scholars who work in the U.S. and also conduct research in Asia, Transcaucasia, Africa, Canada and Latin America. Their cutting-edge research focuses on:

  • Business analysis
  • Ecosystems
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • International development
  • Land-use change
  • Natural disasters
  • Public health
  • Urban and economic geography
  • Energy governance
  • Historical ecology
  • Zooarchaeology and paleoenvironments

You can meet other Geography majors by participating in the Geography Club or the student chapter of the Gamma Theta Upsilon international honor society.

What to expect

Both degree programs have many of the same requirements, which include 36 credit hours of coursework. However, the B.S. degree will allow you to fulfill the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences' foreign language requirement by enrolling in additional computer science, mathematics or science courses.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.