College of A&GS Degrees
Environmental sustainability majors learn how society can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Achieving this goal requires balancing short- and long-term needs related to jobs and economic growth, societal well-being, and environmental health.
Students majoring in Geographic Information Science learn to use geographic data to create maps, charts, and models that illustrate and analyze various problems related to geography, environmental sustainability, and meteorology, as well as dozens of other areas including emergency management, marketing, and climatology.
Geographers study the earth’s physical features, including climate, landforms and ecosystems, as well as its people. They also examine political and cultural trends as they relate to geography.
Meteorology combines the excitement of studying the forces of nature with the elegance and rigor of mathematics and physics. Meteorologists study, observe, and predict variations in day-to-day weather and seasonal trends. They have the knowledge to warn people of severe and hazardous weather, and their expertise benefits society through water management, energy, aviation, health, and business.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
To be recommended for a bachelor's degree in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences:
- A student must complete at least 120 hours of coursework. At least 40 hours of upper-division courses (3000-level and above) must be earned.
- A minimum of 60 semester hours must be earned in a senior college for a baccalaureate degree. (Credit may be accepted in transfer from a two-year college to meet lower-division requirements only).
- To be recommended for a degree, a candidate must spend at least two semesters or the equivalent in residence, complete at least 36 of the last 48 hours in residence and a minimum 2.25 retention GPA in the major, on OU coursework, and overall.
- No more than six semester hours of independent study or directed readings may be applied toward degree requirements.
- No more than six semester hours of military science may be applied toward degree requirements.
In addition to requirements in the major area of study, all Bachelor of Science degrees in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences require the following courses:
- MATH 1823, MATH 2423, MATH 2433, MATH 2443 OR MATH 1914, MATH 2924, and MATH 2934
- PHYS 2514, PHYS 2524
- CHEM 1315
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must complete either two years of the same high school foreign language or two beginning semesters of foreign language at the college level.
In addition to requirements in the major area of study, all Bachelor of Arts degrees in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences require the following courses:
- Three hours (one course) intermediate foreign language (courses numbered 2000 or above).
- In addition to University General Education requirements, three additional hours each in Social Science, Natural Science, and Humanities are also required. At least one of these courses must be completed at the upper division level (a course numbered 3000 or above).