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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.

Latest News

Congratulations to PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis students Claire Schuch and Brisa Urquieta-Hernandez

November 20, 2014

Congratulations to PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis students Claire Schuch and Brisa Urquieta-Hernandez lead authors on a research paper selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) as one of the four  “most influential“ articles in 2014 in the area of identification and elimination of disparities in health care.

Read more>>Congratulations to PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis students Claire Schuch and Brisa Urquieta-Hernandez

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Funded graduate research assistant for fire modeling project

November 10, 2014

Dr. Brian Magi is seeking a graduate student to join the Multidisciplinary Earth System and Atmospheric Sciences (MESAS) research group in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (mesas.uncc.edu). The student will develop research within the context of an NSF funded project focused on studying how global fire modeling can use past and present data to investigate the interactions between fire, climate, and land-use change over a range of time scales.

Read more>>Funded graduate research assistant for fire modeling project

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Park project gets national recognition for UNCC student Dylan McKnight

October 27, 2014

Dylan McKnight didn’t get involved with the Reid Park Neighborhood Park project for recognition. He got involved because he wanted to help the neighborhood fulfill its 23-plus-year desire for a community park. But that led to something more. McKnight has been awarded the 2014 Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award in the graduate student project category for his Learning Participatory Planning and the Reid Park Vision Plan.

Read more>>Park project gets national recognition for UNCC student Dylan McKnight

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Dr. Heather Smith receives Provost's Faculty Award

October 16, 2014

Geography professor receives Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement Heather Smith, professor of geography in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is the 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement.  Established in 2012, the award honors a tenured faculty member whose teaching, research and service embodies the University’s commitment to civic involvement and whose work strengthens the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the larger community.

Read more>>Dr. Heather Smith receives Provost's Faculty Award

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Funded Graduate Assistantships for Spring 2015 entry into Geography Graduate programs at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

September 15, 2014

Read more>>Funded Graduate Assistantships for Spring 2015 entry into Geography Graduate programs at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

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Contact Us

Department of Geography & Earth Sciences

UNC Charlotte

McEniry 324
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Phone: 704‑687‑5973
Fax: 704‑687‑5966

Department Email: ges@uncc.edu