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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.

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Welcome to Dr Jeff Widener!

DGES alumnus and former OU GIS Librarian, Dr Widener has been selected as the Director of the Center for Spatial Analysis (CSA). CSA is a multidisciplinary university research center housed in DGES/College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences (AGS) that specializes in the study and application of geospatial science and technology. In addition to teaching courses for the department, Jeff will help lead CSA in its efforts to build partnerships with the academic and community sectors (governmental and private) to develop and implement GIS applications that advance research and support day-to-day spatial management practices. The center also supports GIS and geography education through outreach, including OU’s annual GIS Day expo and Summer GIS Fellowships.      



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Congratulations to our graduate student winners for 2018 Student Research and Creativity Day! 

1st place in Education/Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science

Logan Gerber-Chavez

2nd Place in Oral Presentations 1

Zhen Hong

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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