The Department of Geography and Planning offers membership in many professional and student organizations that facilitate connections and enable students to achieve in the workplace. They also provide fellowship and fun while learning more about Geography and Planning.

The department also offers study abroad programs in which students travel with their professors to countries such as Costa Rica and Ecuador to introduce students to mountain geography, climate, glaciers, and water resources through direct field experience.

Additionally, merit and need-based scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Geography or Planning. 

Where are they now?

Geography and Planning Alumni Careers



NC Plug-In Electric Vehicles Taskforce Leader (Public Utilities Commission)Raleigh, NC
GIS Specialist (ARCADIS)Charlotte, NC
GIS Specialist (Metropolitan Planning Commission)Knoxville, TN
Watershed ConceptsCharlotte, NC
Professor of Geography & Planning (Appalachian State University)Boone, NC
Cartographer (Trails Illustrated) (National Geographic)Evergreen, CO
GIS Analyst (Wake County)Raleigh, NC
Systems Analyst (University of Texas)Austin, TX
Senior Geoscientist (NIMA)Fredericksburg, VA
GIS Modeler (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)Atlanta, GA
GIS Manager (Land Resources Information Service)Raleigh, NC
Director of the GIS Laboratory (CIAT)Cali, Colombia
GIS Design & Applications Developer (The Trust for Public Land)Santa Fe, NM
GIS & Databse Specialist (U.S. Park Service)San Francisco, CA
GIS Analyst (Power Engineers)Boise, ID
GIS Specialist (Lowes Hardware)Wilkesboro, NC
Environmental GIS Analyst (Spatial Dynamics)Boise, ID
Transportation Data Analyst (Virginia Department of Transportation)Richmond, VA
President (Penstock Video Productions)Asheville, NC
Director of PlanningWilkesboro, NC
Director of Planning & Economic Development (Region D Council of Governments)Boone, NC
Project Manager (ESRI)Charlotte, NC
Deputy Director (Planning Commission)Spartanburg, SC
Director of Planning & InspectionsBoone, NC
Town ManagerElizabethtown, NC
Director of PlanningBurlington, NC
Program Manager (Appalachian Regional Commission)Washington, DC
Planner (Charlotte-Douglas International Airport)Charlotte, NC
Senior Planner (Atlanta Regional Commission)Atlanta, GA
GIS Lab Supervisor, Instructor (Appalachian State University)Boone, NC
GIS Planner (High Country Council of Governments)Boone, NC
StudentWilmington, NC
Doctoral Student (McGill University)Montreal, Quebec
Associate Professor, Chair of the Board of Directors (University of Montana / Nature-Link Institute)Missoula, MT
Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology (Colorado State University)Fort Collins, CO
Law Clerk, Law Student (Office of Administrative Hearings, UNC Chapel Hill)Chapel Hill, NC
GIS Analyst (Trout Unlimited)Boise, ID
Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies (Indiana University)Indianapolis, IN
GIS Manager (Rowan County)Salisbury, NC
Principal Planner (City of Orange Township)Orange, NJ
Narrowband SATCOM ArchitectFort Gordon, GA
GIS Manager (Grand Canyon Trust)Flagstaff, AZ
Joint Operations Center Battle Captain (North Carolina Army National Guard)Raleigh, NC
GIS Specialist II, CFM (AECOM)Greensboro, NC
Defense Services Team Lead / Project Manager (ESRI)Charlotte, NC
Professor of Geography & Environmental Planning (Plymouth State University)Plymouth, NH
Captain of Boeing 767 (Pilot) (Omni Air International)Staunton, VA
Director of Space Management & Planning (Appalachian State University)Boone, NC
Assistant Professor (Indiana University)Bloomington, IN
Geospatial Analyst (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)St. Louis, MO
Adjunct Professor, Geosciences (Johnson County Community College)Overland Park, KS
Business Systems Analyst (North Carolina Department of Transportation)Raleigh, NC