Your Future in Geography

Do you take a big picture approach when analyzing a situation? Are you interested in finding sustainable solutions to society's most pressing issues? Pursuing a bachelor's degree in Geography at the University of North Texas might be for you.

Geographers solve complex environmental problems associated with population growth, urban sprawl, climate change, natural disasters and public health. Likewise, geographic expertise is highly marketable and offers an advantage in an increasingly competitive job market.

Careers in geography include:

  • Corporate and business location analysis
  • Disaster planning
  • Environmental studies
  • International development
  • Public health
  • Resource conservation and management
  • Teaching and academia
  • Urban smart growth and green development

What we offer

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 required course work, which allows you to immediately apply classroom learning to ongoing research and field work conducted by the Department of Geography.

You can pursue degree concentrations in earth science, regional science (human geography) or archaeology (B.S. degree only). Course work focuses on:

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

You can also 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 archaeology or geology and certification in geographic information systems are available, as well.

Our faculty members are renowned scientists and scholars who work in Texas and surrounding areas and also conduct research in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Their cutting-edge research focuses on:

  • Business analysis
  • Ecosystems
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Hydrologic modeling
  • International development
  • Land-use change
  • Natural disasters
  • Public health
  • Urban-environmental modeling
  • 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 39 credit hours of course work. However, the B.S. degree will allow you to fulfill the College of Arts and 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

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

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 or advisor 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. Each year, 3,800 students transfer to UNT.