About Us

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.

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences Values and Operating Principles

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is composed of professionals who adhere to and promote the highest standards of academic integrity, professionalism and ethical conduct in the pursuit, creation, advancement and dissemination of scientific knowledge of human and natural systems. Accordingly, we:

A. Are a community in which each individual will be considerate, open minded and take responsibility for their own actions.
B. Maintain a professional, collegial, respectful, and inclusive community of faculty, staff and students.
C. Value all types of high quality research from all disciplines across the Department.
D. Value high quality teaching and mentoring across all disciplines.
E. Value and commit to shared faculty governance.
F. Actively support UNC Charlotte’s Service and Outreach Missions.
G. Actively embrace the multiplicity of diversity in our students, faculty, staff, communities and beyond.