Geography AND the environment

Your Future in Geography

Our Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs not only give you the skills and knowledge you need to make a difference but also to succeed in a dynamic world.

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

You can pursue degree concentrations in earth science, human geography or archeology. Course work 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 course work. 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.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

Get detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.