Geography Minor

Department of Geography

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205 Carolina Hall, CB# 3220

(919) 962-8901

Elizabeth A. Olson, Chair

Gabriela Valdivia, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Nell Phillips, Undergraduate Program Administrator

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.

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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 of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

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
Weather and Climate
World Regional Geography
Geographies of Globalization
Development and Inequality: Global Perspectives H
Introduction to Geographic Information
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.

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.