Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Degrees
Environmental sustainability deals with how human societies 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 learn to use geographic data to map, model, and analyze various problems related to geography and meteorology.
Geographers integrate knowledge of culture, society and the economy with understanding of the earth’s physical system and biosphere in order to provide a holistic perspective on human-environment relationships.
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 124 hours of coursework. At least 48 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 2.00 retention GPA in the major, on OU coursework, and overall.
- No more than 52 of the minimum 124 credit hours may be taken in one department of the college (geography, geographic information science or meteorology).
- 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 OR PHYS 1205 and PHYS 1215
- CHEM 1315
- C S 1313
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:
- Six hours (two courses) intermediate foreign language (courses numbered 2000 or above).
- 24 hours of advisor-approved electives outside the major area of study.