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Geography and Environmental Sustainability


We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.

Our mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems.

DGES Brown Bag Lunch Series


Pizza provided by the department

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Sarkeys Energy Center, N106

See Flyer for more details

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Check this article on DGES graduate Madeline Dillner in the Norman Transcript!

Summer 2018 Study Abroad

Multidisciplinary: Urban and Artistic Forms in Italy


  • Visit ancient Rome and the Vatican — see the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica
  • Tour world famous art museums like the Uffizi in Florence and the Guggenheim in Venice
  • Explore contemporary dimensions of Italian cities, including a tour of street art and graffiti in Rome
  • Enjoy local Italian traditions by making your own pasta and touring a working vineyard in Arezzo
  • Application deadline: 02/18/2018 - Apply Now
  • See Flyer for more information

Multidisciplinary: Gardens of Knowledge and Delight


  • Experience the great gardens of the Renaissance with OU Landscape Architecture Professor Tom Woodfin and Geography Professor Bruce Hoagland
  • This is an experiential learning program that takes place in the botanical and pleasure gardens built by popes, cardinals, scholars and leading families of the Renaissance
  • We tour an herb museum for spice history and holistic plant use in Italy near Arezzo
  • Classes will be held in the gardens and in beautiful Arezzo in the heart of Tuscany
  • This program is OPEN to ALL MAJORS!
  • Application deadline: 02/23/2018 - Apply Now
  • See Flyer for more information


Dr. Peppler

Congratulations to Dr. Randy Peppler for winning the SGA Oustanding Faculty Award! Dr. Peppler teaches GEOG 3443 Environment and Society. He is the adviser for the registered student organizations, OU Green Week Executive Committee and the Geography and Environmental Sustainability club. Both organizations nominated him for the award due to his hard work of promoting sustainability both on and off campus. Pictured (left to right): Kayla Cook (GES President), Dr. Randy Peppler and Allyson Wiley (Green Week Chair).

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Congratulations to Jeremy Allen, named the second alternate to Outstanding Senior in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences!  Jeremy will graduate with a BA in Environmental Sustainability-Planning & Management with Special Distinction, May 2017.  DOUBLE CONGRATS for Jeremy, who was also selected to represent OU’s Honors College as their Outstanding Senior for 2016-2017.  Jeremy will also complete two additional undergraduate degrees, in Economics and Chinese (he’s completing honors requirements for one of those degrees).