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Geography (BA/BS)

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More geographers than ever before are being hired in dozens of different fields. All levels of government hire geographers, who work for local and state economic development or planning offices, conduct research in recreation and park use, or map land use from satellite images. Many geographers at the federal level work for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Department of State. Geographers also conduct marketing studies, plan transportation routes, understand international markets, advise businesses on the best location for new stores, work in real estate and urban planning, and determine environmental risks associated with site locations. From electric companies to wind-power farms, from forestry to telecommunications, real-time mobile interactive geographic technologies and databases are emerging as the backbone of large-scale management systems for industries with distributed assets and mobile workforces.

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. 

Interested? Email the Undergraduate Adviser, Alexis Miller at alexis.miller@ou.edu

Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor degree with any of the following options:

  • Geohumanities (BA) (pdf)
  • Physical and Social Sciences (BA) (pdf)
  • Or a Geography Bachelor of Science (BS) (pdf) degree.

Recent OU Geography Alumni - Employment

  • 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

Recent OU Geography Alumni - Graduate School

  • 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 Science in Geography at The University 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 Developer
  • Community Resources Specialist
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Facilities Planner
  • Geointelligence Specialist
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Hydrologist
  • Land Economist
  • Land Use Analyst
  • Location and Siting Analyst
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Map Analyst
  • Map Curator / Librarian
  • Natural Hazards Analys
  • Natural Resources Manager
  • Site Researcher
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Water Resources Specialist