Geography Minor

Geography is the science of space, place, and environment. The department offers classes spanning the social and natural sciences and offering students training in qualitative, quantitative, spatial analysis and modelling, and lab methodologies. Geography minors have the opportunity to augment their major by adding a spatial perspective to the big questions of how, where, and why we live the way we do, in the world that we all share.

The geography minor pairs well with majors in the humanities, social, and natural sciences. Common majors include anthropology, biology, environment and ecology, environmental sciences and engineering, global studies, peace, war, and defense, political science, and public policy.


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

To minor requires five geography courses.

Core Requirements
Any two core courses:6
The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth's Environmental Systems H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Weather and Climate
IDEAs in Action General Education logo World Regional Geography
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Geographies of Globalization
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Development and Inequality: Global Perspectives F
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Geographic Information
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Capstone Seminar in Geographic Research
Three GEOG elective courses9
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.


FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.

Elective courses may be any on the departmental list, but students are encouraged to take higher-numbered courses. Students wishing more information should consult their academic advisor or the geography director of undergraduate studies.

See the program page here for special opportunities.

Department of Geography

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205 Carolina Hall, CB# 3220

(919) 962-8901


Elizabeth A. Olson

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Nina Martin

Undergraduate Program Administrator

Nell Phillips