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Geo-Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina-Pembroke

Information for this profile was provided by Martin B. Farley in 2009.

University of North Carolina-Pembroke is a public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate .

Overview and Context

Illustration of the North Carolina-Pembroke Geo-Environmental Studies curriculum, constructed by Monica Bruckner, based on information provided by Martin B. Farley. Click on the image to see a larger version.
This major allows students to choose flexibly between by including a basic core and broad choice of electives.

This major allows students to choose flexibly between geology and geography endmembers. Ultimately, we expect that additional tracks will develop with policy or economics directions.

Program Design

The curriculum (not yet official) was designed to provide flexibility to students across the entire range of geology and geography. In addition, it was designed to avoid increasing the total preparation load of the departmental faculty (3 geology, 2 geography). The sizeable number of electives allows students interested in a more classical geologic approach to get in much more mathematics and physics than is appropriate for geographically oriented students.

Goals and Assessment

Exact assessment procedures depend on exactly how the curriculum is finally implemented.

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

  • World Regional Geography (Geography)
  • Principles of Geography (Geography)
  • Earth Science (Geology)

Core courses

  • Earth Science Lab
  • Environmental Geology (Prerequisite: Earth Science)
  • Introduction to Cartography
  • Land Use Planning (Prerequisites: Principles of Geography, Introduction to Cartography)
  • Earth History and Lab
  • Minerals and Rocks and Lab (Prerequisite: Earth Science)


Students are required to take 31 credits (roughly 10 courses) including 15 credits in natural sciences (roughly 5 courses) of electives, chosen from the following list:
  • Weather and Climate
  • Political Geography
  • Geography of North America
  • Society and Environment
  • Geography of American Indians
  • Remote Sensing
  • Oceanography (Prerequisite: Earth Science)
  • Paleontology (Prerequisites: Principles of Biology, Earth Science)
  • Geomorphology (Prerequisite: Earth Science)
  • Geology Field Trip
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (Prerequisite: Earth History)
  • Special Topics

Other required courses

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Environmental Policy & Politics
  • Introductory Calculus
  • Statistics
  • General Chemistry and Lab
  • Principles of Biology
  • Ecology

Additional Comments

Either an internship or a field school (from another university) are required.

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