The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is comprised of physical, natural and social scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Our mission is to create, extend and disseminate applied and theoretical scientific knowledge of the Earth’s physical, natural and human systems and their interactions through scholarly research, teaching and service.  This is accomplished through the lens of five interdisciplinary themes:

  • Global Change
  • Sustainability
  • Human Environmental Interaction
  • Hazards
  • Geospatial Perspective

While each of these thematic areas represents distinct faculty expertise, there are considerable opportunities for multidisciplinary learning and research.

The Department houses programs leading to undergraduate, undergraduate honors, and graduate degrees in the following areas: Geography, Earth Sciences, Geology and Meteorology.  Additionally the department contributes to two interdisciplinary graduate programs; Infrastructure and Environmental Systems and Public Policy.

Geography majors, Jamal Covington and Devin Martin, win 1st place in Virtual Hackathon

Geography majors, Jamal Covington and Devin Martin, won an award for their entry into the Virtual Hackathon (apps and games for social good) competition (Click here for website). They created a mobile app this summer for the Charlotte Community Scholars program.....their app will...

William (Bill) Garcia's dinosaur trackways take geology students outside the classroom and back in time

Students in UNC Charlotte geologist William Garcia’s classes can imagine they have stepped back in time to the Mesozoic Era, as they follow an interactive path of dinosaur footprints newly installed on campus. Click here to read more.

Pollinators find salvation, friends along the Butterfly Highway

The bees and butterflies flitting through your yard this summer don’t hint at a dark reality: The pollinators that feed the world are starving.

More than 200,000 species, mostly insects, carry pollen grains from male to female parts of flowers for reproduction. Three-quarters of the globe’s food crops rely on pollinators.

But up to 40 percent – chiefly bees and butterflies –...

Rachel Cucinotta, Senior Meteorology major, published work in ACP journal

Rachel Cucinotta, Senior METR BS, published work from her Summer 2015 REU in a top journal.  

Abstract. Open, uncontrolled combustion of domestic waste is a potentially significant source of aerosol; however, this aerosol source is not generally included in many global emissions inventories. To provide a first estimate of the aerosol radiative impacts from...

Geography major, Sarah McDonald, awarded MVP for the Volleyball team

Graduating geography major, Sarah McDonald, was awarded MVP of the Charlotte 49ers Volleyball team for 2016. The Charlotte 49ers and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held the 2016 Student-Athlete Awards Banquet in the Student Union on campus Wednesday May 4, 2016 and presented team MVP and Coaches’ Awards as well as department-wide academic honors. Sarah is...