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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Geography

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.  This integrative perspective is vital to understanding and addressing the world’s complex problems, including renewable energy, environmental change, and indigenous cultures in a globalizing world.

Geography faculty bring a rich history of expertise to the study of cultural, historical, political, economic, environmental, and applied physical geography.  This focus on the human-environment interface complements and enhances the mission of the College by bridging the social and atmospheric sciences. Climatology, resource management, and wind energy are just a few of the many career opportunities available with a degree in geography. 

Students may pursue either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography.

The Bachelor of Arts can choose the following options:

        • Geohumanities
        • Physical and Social Sciences

Specific course requirements for each program are found on the program checksheet:

B.A. in Geography checksheet (PDF)

B.S. in Geography checksheet (PDF)

 

Geography as a Career

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Recently, Ubique, a publication of the American Geographical Society, cited research from multiple news outlets toting the benefits of a career in Geography. While a fairly uncommon job, geographers are seeing low unemployment rates, relatively high salaries and faster than average employment growth.  Learn more about the findings from AGS President Jerome E. Dobson's article (PDF).

Recent OU Geography Alumni

Current Job
 
  • Analyst at Inegra Realty Resources
  • Assistant Planner at Association of Central Oklahoma Governments
  • Associate GIS Analyst at Gulfport Energy Corp.
  • Associate GIS Tech at OGE Energy Corp
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator at OK Dept. of Transportation 
  • Broadcast Meteorologist at TEGNA 
  • Community Development Specialist at City of Bethany
  • EHS Data Analyst I at Chesapeake Energy
  • Emergency Management Specialist, Kinston, North Carolina
  • Engineering Tech at OGE Energy Corp
  • GIS Tech at Aerotek
  • Environment Project Specialist at Professionals Service Industries
  • Environmental Services at Frito Lay
  • Geospatial Analyst at Jeppesen
  • GIS & Mapping Specialist at Reagan Smith Energy Solutions
  • GIS Analyst at ConocoPhillips
  • GIS Analyst at Enercon Services
  • GIS Business Analyst III at Kalibrate
  • GIS Mapping Specialist at Reagan Smith Energy Solutions 
  • GIS Specialist at Meshek & Associates
  • GIS Specialist at ONEOK
  • GIS Specialist at Zayo Group
  • GIS Technician at Adecco Group
  • Environmental Health Fellow with the U.S. EPA .
  • Land Mapping Technologist at Encana Corporation
  • Forensic Meteorologist at Weather Decision Technologies
  • Mapping Support Specialist at Innovative Systems
  • Marketing & Sales Coordinator at Weather Decision Technology
  • Mesonet Calibration Lab Technician at Oklahoma Mesonet
  • Officer in the U.S. Navy 
  • project manager at Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Sustainable Development & Transportation Planning at North Central Texas Council of 
  • Governments System Technician, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Technical Specialist at Baker Hughes
  • Transportation planner with the North Central Texas Council of Governments 
Current Post-Graduate Education
 
  • Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Maryland
  • Ph.D. in Professional Counseling at Oklahoma State University
  • Law Student at Penn State University
  • Master of Arch at OU in landscape Arch and Urban Planning
  • Master of Arts in Geography at The Univeristy of Oklahoma 
  • Master of Public Health at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Master of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina 
  • Master of Public Admin at George Mason
  • Master in Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg 

Career Options in Geography

  • Climatologist
  • Community Resources Specialist
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geointelligence Specialist
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Location and Siting Analyst
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Natural Hazards Analyst
  • Natural Resources Manager
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Water Resources Specialist
OU Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

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