Sustainability Concentration | Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

M.A. in Applied Geography

Sustainability Concentration

The Sustainability Concentration in the M.A. in Applied Geography is directed towards students who have an interest in connecting approaches to addressing coupled human environmental problems in the context of broader studies in geography.  Students completing this concentration will combine the core requirements of the M.A. in Applied Geography with departmental courses emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to social and environmental challenges alongside classes from outside the department (chosen in consultation with the advisor). The concentration provides foundational and advanced knowledge and skills necessary for sustainability-related careers in variety of sectors. The core seminar in Sustainability (GES 662) offers a translational experience around the unique definition of sustainability at UNCG where academics, operations, and outreach are conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.

Required:  34 credit hours

Required courses (10 hours)

  • GES 601 – Research Trends in Geography
  • GES 620 – Spatial Analysis
  • GES 699 – Thesis

Sustainability Concentration Core (3 hours)

  • GES 662 – Sustainability

Sustainability-Focused Electives (12 hours)

  • GES 602 – Entrepreneurial Urban Planning
  • GES 603 – Understanding Geographic Information Systems
  • GES 605 – Regional Planning
  • GES 606 – Environmental Planning
  • GES 612 – Natural Resource Geography
  • GES 615 – National Parks and Protected Areas
  • GES 618 – Biogeography
  • GES 619 – Advanced Weather and Climate-Synoptic Climatology
  • GES 631 – Transportation Planning
  • GES 632 – Geography of Livable Cities
  • GES 641 – Earth Surface Processes and landforms
  • GES 664 – Seminar in Environmental Studies

Sustainability Electives (9 hours)*

  • GES 660 – Sustainable Campus Operations
  • GES 682 – Topics in Aesthetics and Ethics
  • GES 684 – Topics in Economics and Development
  • GES 686 – Topics in Equity and Society
  • GES 688 – Topics in Natural Sciences

*Up to 9 credits of courses from outside the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability may be chosen in consultation with the advisor (these could include courses from Anthropology, Biology, Communication Studies, Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Economics, Education, Interior Architecture, Business, Sociology, or others.)