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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

Earth Matters vol.1, issue 2

November 17, 2015

The latest installment of the department news letter.  Click here.

Read more>>Earth Matters vol.1, issue 2


Congratulations to Mona Kashiha

November 17, 2015

Congratulations to Mona Kashiha, 2014 Geography and Urban Regional Analysis PhD graduate for being the laureate of the 2015 Dissertation Competition of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). Her dissertation was titled "Spatial Competition Based on Customers’ Choice Histories: A Study of Trade Flows". Mona has been a visiting scholar at Boston College since January 2015 and will take a job with the international consulting firm McKinsey and Company in January 2016. She will join the Boston office of the company.

Read more>>Congratulations to Mona Kashiha


An appreciation by Bill McCoy: Geographer Stuart helped put ‘region’ in Charlotte regionalism

Al Stuart
November 11, 2015

Those of us who knew Al Stuart are saddened by his passing on Nov. 1.  Dr. Alfred Stuart, professor emeritus of geography and earth sciences, had a long and distinguished career at UNC Charlotte.

Read more>>An appreciation by Bill McCoy: Geographer Stuart helped put ‘region’ in Charlotte regionalism


Field Trip: Great Falls on the Potomac River - GSA 2015

November 9, 2015

GSA field trip to Great Falls on Halloween 2015. Halloween trip so Dr. Eppes is dressed as a Stream Pirate

Read more>>Field Trip: Great Falls on the Potomac River - GSA 2015


Professor Emeritus Alfred (Al) Wright Stuart

November 4, 2015

Longtime UNC Charlotte colleague and Professor Emeritus Alfred (Al) Wright Stuart passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 after a brief illness. He was a retired member of the faculty of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.

Read more>>Professor Emeritus Alfred (Al) Wright Stuart


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

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