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Careers in Geo-Environmental Studies, Geology, and Geography

Geo-Environmental Studies is a cross-disciplinary degree that can prepare you for a range of careers. The sites below provide just a few examples.


Careers in Geography, Association of American Geographers

Careers with Geography, Royal Geographical Society

Geocareers, Geological Society of America

Geography on the Job, National Geographic Society

Geoscience Workforce, American Geosciences Institute

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is the International Geographical Honor Society. UNC Pembroke is home to the Nu Gamma chapter of GTU. Mr. Nathan Phillippi is the faculty sponsor.


"In keeping with the Society's Specialized Scholarship classification, initiates must have a GPA of at least 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in geography courses, rank in the top 35% of their class, have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses, and have completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of full-time college course work. Please note that regular members do not have to be currently enrolled, nor must they be geography majors."

For more information, please visit the Gamma Theta Upsilon webpage or contact Mr. Phillippi.

Student Awards

Each year the Department of Geology and Geography bestows awards to outstanding students. Descriptions of the awards and past recipients are provided below.

Thomas E. and Cheryl E. Ross Scholarship: 

Established by Professor Emeritus Thomas Ross, this scholarship is awarded in the spring each year by the Department of Geology and Geography to a student focusing on Geography (either as a track in the Geo-Environmental Studies major or a Geography minor) or who participates on the UNCP team for the World Geography Bowl.


  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completed at least six semester hours of geography courses
  • Must not be graduating in the current semester
  • Recipient must participate in the NC Geography Bowl the following Fall Semester
  • A 700-1,200 word topical essay, submitted by March 1 each year

The 2016-17 essay topic will be announce Fall 2016. Please be sure to provide appropriate references using the AAG Style Sheet.

Please visit the submission page to upload your essay entry by March 1, 2017.


Previous Recepents:

Thomas E. and Cheryl E. Ross Scholarship:

  • 2015 - Joseph Sobieski
  • 2014 - Veronica Oquendo
  • 2013 - Victoria Newkirk
  • 2012 - Tara McClurg
  • 2011 - Edwin Laboy
  • 2009 - Jennifer Milling
  • 2008 - Daniel Samples

Geo-Environmental Studies

The B.S. in Geo-Environmental Studies is a flexible, interdisciplinary program that allows students to meet their needs in earth-centered studies.  The major provides a base from multiple sciences that is important in understanding the geosciences in an environmental context.  Students can choose to concentrate on geology or geography or a mix. The degree has two tracks to choose from, a geoscience track and a geography track.

Student check lists:

Geospatial Technologies Certificate

**Coming Fall 2016**

The Geospatial Technologies Certificate provides UNCP students in good standing from all majors the opportunity to learn and apply the conceptual knowledge and technical skills needed to be proficient within a fast growing industry. The Geospatial Technologies Certificate consists of 12 hours of course work. 

Required courses: (7-8 hrs)

  • GGY2500
  • GGY2700 or GGY4040
  • GGY4610

Methods courses: (4-5 hrs)

  • Departmental approval (examples coming soon)

Sustainability Minor

**Coming Fall 2016**

Sustainability is commonly defined as meeting the needs of our present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their goals. The Sustainability Minor is an 18-credit interdisciplinary program that is designed to assist students who are interested in pursuing a career that involves practicing sustainable practices.  The minor focuses on how individuals can focus on these sustainable practices within the environment and how these practices impact both economic and social issues within local, national, and international contexts.  The minor will be applicable to students from all majors due to the focus on how these sustainability principles can be applied to all academic disciplines and professional fields.

Required Courses: (9 hrs)

  • ENV 1100
  • GLY 2620
  • AIS/ENG 2410

Choose 1 of the following: (3-4 hrs)

  • ENV 2450
  • MGT 4310

Choose 2 of the following: (6 hrs)

  • GGY3290
  • PHI 3300
  • ENV 4100
  • SOC 4420

Geography Minor

Geography is a discipline that provides a contextual view of the world. It interacts with disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences by providing a location-based perspective of our world. The relationships that bind us to the landscapes we inhabit are considered broadly through a focus on human:environment interaction.

The Geography minor supports students from across campus who would like utilize the holistic perspective Geography to contextualize the information and methods from their major as they can be applied locally, regionally, and globally. If you are interested in the 18 credit hour minor, please talk to one of the Geography faculty about requirements and upcoming classes.

Required courses (6 hrs)

  • GGY 1010 or 1020 Principles of Geography or World Regional Geography
  • GGY 2500 Introduction to Cartography

Choose two lower level classes (6 hrs)

  • GGY 1150 Earth Science
  • GGY 2000 Cultural Geography
  • GGY 2040 World Geography Bowl
  • GGY 2060 Economic Geography
  • GGY 2460 Weather and Climate
  • GGY 2620 Environmental Geology
  • GGY 2700 GIScience
  • GGYS 2*** Special Topics in Geography

Choose two upper level classes (6 hrs)

  • GGY 3290 Society and the Environment
  • GGY 3312 Political Geography
  • GGY 3700 Geography of Africa
  • GGY 3720 North America
  • GGY 3770 Geography of American Indians
  • GGY 3780 Geography of Latin America
  • GGY 3790 Geography of Asia
  • GGY 3800 World Prehistory
  • GGY 4010 Internship
  • GGY 4040 Remote Sensing
  • GGY 4100 Land Use Planning
  • GGY 4700 Writing in the Geosciences
  • GGYS 4*** Special Topics in Geography

Geography Minor Checklist (updated Fall '15)


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