Geography, Secondary Education, B.A.

This program is being discontinued pending SACSCOC approval and is not accepting applications for admission. The University is still authorized to offer the program and issue the associated credential for students who are currently enrolled in the program.

Student Learning Goals

Students completing this major are expected to demonstrate a basic competence in earth science, human geography, and regional geography. In addition, they are expected to be able to successfully investigate geographic problems using the current research techniques and methodologies of the discipline and to clearly and effectively express their findings in both written and oral form.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
  • ​A minimum of 27 credits in geography above the 100 level. Only grades of C- or higher will count toward completion of the major and concentrations.

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements (MAC)
College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CIC)

Major Requirements

Core Courses12-14
Geographic Techniques
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
and Intro to Geographic Information Science Laboratory
Research Methods in Spatial Science
Principles of Cartography
Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing of Environment
Earth Science
Select one option of the following:
Option A:
Introduction to Earth Science
and Earth Science Laboratory
Option B:
GES 106
Human Geography
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Human Geography
World Economic Geography
The Geography of World Affairs
Regional Geography
Select one of the following:
The Historical Geography of the Western World
World Regional Geography
Geography of the United States and Canada
Teacher Licensure Requirements18
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Navigating World History
Interpreting American History
Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers
Principles and Practices for Teaching History
Select one additional 300-level history course
Secondary Subject Area Licensure Requirements 27
The following courses must be taken in a specified sequence, terminating in student teaching in the spring semester of the senior year. See the online Secondary Education Handbook for more information.
Literacy in the Content Area
Measurement and Assessment in Teaching
Educational Psychology for the Secondary Grades
Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning
Teaching Practices and Curriculum in Social Studies
Student Teaching: Secondary School
Student Teaching Seminar
Strongly Recommended
Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educational Settings


Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for degree.

Geography as a Second Major

  • Minimum of 27 credit hours

A student may obtain a second major in geography along with any other major. The student should take 27 credits, including four core courses listed above for the Geography Major. Students considering this option should consult a faculty member in the department.

Disciplinary Honors in Geography


  • A minimum of 12 credit hours as defined below.
  • UNC Greensboro cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better or, for transfer students, cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better from all prior institutions.
Senior Honors Project
Honors Work
6 credits of Honors course work in the major6
3 credits of Honors course work in the major or another area3


Receive a Certificate of Disciplinary Honors in Geography; have that accomplishment, along with the title of the Senior Honors Project, noted on the official transcript; and be recognized at a banquet held at the end of the spring semester.

Honors Advisor

Contact Jay Lennartson at for further information and guidance about Honors Geography. To apply:

Application and Admission

Qualified UNC Greensboro undergraduate students who are pursuing the B.A. in Geography may apply for admission to the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP). A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 credits earned at UNC Greensboro is required. Applicants must have completed at least 60 credits and may not apply for admission to the AMP before the first semester of the junior year. Applicants will not be required to take the GRE. All applicants must complete the Accelerated Master's Program information along with their application for admission to the graduate degree program.


Admitted students may apply a maximum of 12 credits of graduate-level course work from the following course list toward completion of both the undergraduate and graduate degree, provided they earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course and fulfill graduate-level requirements:

GES 602Sustainable Urban Planning in an Entrepreneurial Environment3
GES 604Political Geography3
GES 618Biogeography3
GES 619Advanced Weather and Climate-Synoptic Climatology3
GES 632Geography of Livable Cities3
GES 650Applied Physical Geography3
GES 651Seminar in Regional Geography3
GES 657Advanced Cartography3
GES 659Advanced Remote Sensing-Imaging3

Please consult with an advisor to determine how the courses taken at the graduate level will meet requirements in the bachelor's degree program. All degree requirements for the B.A. and M.A. degree in Geography remain the same.