College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Contact: James M. Dunn, Ph.D., Department Chair
Location: Candelaria 2200
Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.
Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.
The program consists of three parts:
- Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
- Required Major Credits
- University-Wide Credits
One of the fastest growing areas in geography is the use of geographic information sciences (GIS) to generate maps and store map-related information. GIS is a system of computer hardware and software that stores, displays, analyzes, and maps geographic information. Geographers, planners, land developers, real estate agents, market analysts, utility companies, and municipal officials all use these systems. For example, using GIS, students can analyze population distribution, traffic movement, land availability, real estate prices, environmental hazards, soil types, and flood zones to help local government make informed land use decisions.
Program Admission Requirements:
Academic Good Standing
- Students may take 3 of the credits outside the program with advisor approval.
- GEOG 300 and GEOG 325 may be taken for credit more than once with different topics. GEOG 422 and GEOG 492 may be taken for credit more than once, but only 3 credits will count toward the major.
Degree Requirements — 120 Credits
1. Required Specified LAC — 3 credits
LAC area 5.b. — Geography
Remaining LAC — 37 credits
See “Liberal Arts Core”.
2. Required Major — 42 credits
Take all of the following courses:
Take both of the following courses:
Techniques Credits (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses:
GEOG 475 must be taken for 3 credits to satisfy this requirement.
Human Geography Credits (9 credits)
Choose three of the following courses:
Physical Geography Credits (3 credits)
Choose one of the following courses:
3. University-Wide Credits — 38 credits
Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 38 credits