Why Geography?

For over half a century, the Department of Geography at UNCG has developed its programs and resources to prepare students for careers and advanced research in geography. Geography is an expanding and diverse field focusing on the spatial organization of landscapes from a variety of perspectives. Common pursuits in geographic research include the analysis of population problems, economic development, urban and environmental planning, climate and climate change, the spatial dynamics of vegetation and animal assemblages, earth surface processes and landforms, environmental impacts of human activities, resource management, satellite-based and low-altitude remote sensing, cartography, and geographic information science (GIS).

The Department offers the B.A., M.A. (applied geography), and Ph.D. degrees. Formal concentrations in urban/economic/transportation geography, GIScience/remote sensing, and earth/environmental science are offered within the B.A. program. Post-baccalaureate certificates are available in “Global and Regional Studies in Geography” and “Urban and Economic Development” through the Department.

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Tommy Patterson publication

Congratulations to Tommy Patterson for his publication in Castanea .  His paper, “Stand dynamics influence masting/radial growth relationships in Pinus […]

Success at the 2016 SEDAAG meeting

UNCG was well represented at the 2016 meeting of the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers in Columbia, […]


Dr. Keith Debbage presents at Entrepreneurship Conference in DC

Dr. Keith Debbage recently presented at the World Bank/George Washington University Annual Entrepreneurship Conference in Washington DC.  The title of his talk was […]

MA student Keith Watkins featured in UNCG Magazine

MA student Keith Watkins featured in UNCG Magazine for his work locating the oldest trees on campus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7ESvlfD0uk&feature=youtu.be . See the accompanying […]

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Khaula Alkaabi

I received my MA in Applied Geography at UNCG in 2004, and my PhD in 2010.  Currently, I am an […]

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