Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability
Phone: (405) 325-5325
Geographic information science (GIS) majors address how geographic information systems and remote sensing are used for gathering, analyzing and visualizing all forms of geographically referenced information. Students use data to map, model, and analyze various problems related to geography and meteorology. Integrating computer technologies, people, and location, students reveal spatial relationships, patterns and trends in maps that lead to better decision making in dozens of professional fields. The nature of the degree allows for flexibility, as students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in GIS.
GIS students typically have interests in:
High school preparation should include math, science and computer courses, especially Earth and physical sciences.
The Mission of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences is to provide a world-class academic experience that promotes innovation and research, leading to advanced education and exciting careers in geography, environmental sustainability, meteorology, climate, geographic information science, and global environmental concerns. Students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability are provided an interdisciplinary approach to complex environmental, economic and social issues, with advanced technology available at their fingertips. Graduates of this program lead efforts in research, decision-making, and policies that drive efforts in geographic information systems across the globe.
GIS courses may include:
There are numerous clubs GIS students can be a part of. Check them out:
GIS Analyst, Muskogee Creek Nation, Okmulgee, OK
GIS Analyst II, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma City, OK
IT Analyst II, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
GIS students have the opportunity to study abroad through a variety of programs:
GIS Analyst or Developer
GIS Database Analyst
GIS Applications Developer
Natural Resource Analyst
GIS Database Specialist or Developer
Web GIS Developer
Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree.