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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

Heather Smith heading to London for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

March 25, 2015

Dr. Heather Smith will be spending the 2015-2016 Academic year in London, England serving as UNC Charlotte’s Faculty Resident Director for our student exchange program with Kingston University. For students participating in this program, its exchange nature means that “tuition and fees are payable to UNC Charlotte at regular in-state or out-of-state rates according to your residency status” (as per OEA website).   Click here for more information.

Read more>>Heather Smith heading to London for the 2015-2016 Academic Year


MAPPR interviewed

March 20, 2015

Geography PhD students Brisa Hernandez and Claire Schuch, and Professor Heather Smith, were recently interviewed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about the work of MAPPR ( and their nationally recognized Photovoice project which partnered local Latino Youth and UNC Charlotte Community Planning Students (led by Dr. Janni Sorensen) to conduct research on the social and spatial determinants of neighborhood health. See the link below for the full interview!

Read more>>MAPPR interviewed


UNC Charlotte students discuss ‘ice storm’

February 20, 2015

The Charlotte area’s first winter storm of the season brought with it freezing rain, multiple days of school closings and an added stint of cold weather. Thomas Winesett, 23, is a graduate student at UNC Charlotte’s Earth Science department who focuses on meteorology and shares his forecasts via Twitter @twineset.

Read more>>UNC Charlotte students discuss ‘ice storm’


Meteorology Students Promote Upcoming Charlotte Weather Fest with Dance Video

February 12, 2015

In a video to promote the upcoming Charlotte Weather Fest (Saturday March 21, 1-5pm), many Meteorology majors from our department put together a super-catchy dance and music video letting everyone know how excited they are about the event.  The video is at YouTube and was directed by Meteorology major Heleena Tapp and filmed by Earth Sciences Masters student Thomas Winesett with dance moves provided by many many other students and even a few professors.  Charlotte Weather Fest will be a free fami

Read more>>Meteorology Students Promote Upcoming Charlotte Weather Fest with Dance Video


UNCC students use social media to catch wind of weather

February 9, 2015

UNC Charlotte Meterology student Ricky Matthews use social media to catch wind of weather.

Read more>>UNCC students use social media to catch wind of weather


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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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