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Three therapy dogs work provide stress release for a group of A&GS students in the National Weather Center Library.
Students enjoy a visit with therapy dogs in the National Weather Center Library.

A&GS provides a number of student resources, including multiple computer labs, funding for undergraduate student travel to professional conferences, numerous research opportunities, and the NWC Library (above) which, in addition to thousands of academic resources, hosts popular weekly visits from therapy dogs.  If you can’t find what you need, e-mail ags@ou.edu and we will help you locate the service or the information you’re looking for.

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Advising

DGES majors and faculty members celebrate a first-place showing at the annual Southwest division of the Association of American Geographers (SWAAG) meeting.
DGES majors and faculty members celebrate a first-place showing at the annual Southwest division of the Association of American Geographers (SWAAG) meeting.

As an A&GS freshmen, are you will be advised in University College through the spring semester of your freshman year. 

Once you meet admission requirement to the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences:

  • Minimum of 24 semester hours completed
  • Minimum 2.25 OU and RET GPA
  • Declared major in Environmental Sustainability, Geography, Geographic Information Science, or Meteorology

Your records will automatically be transferred to the College of A&GS and you will be assigned a new academic advisor.

Students majoring in Environmental Sustainability, Geography, or Geographic Information Science will be advised by Jamie Steele [jamie@ou.edu / (405) 325-8736].  You may schedule an advising meeting with Ms. Steele in iAdvise.

Students majoring in Meteorology will be assigned a faculty advisor by Shelby Hill [sheill@ou.edu / (405) 325-6562], the undergraduate advising coordinator in the School of Meteorology.  Meteorology majors will be able to schedule their advising appointments on iAdvise. 

Before your advising appointment:

  • Go to Degree Navigator at degree.ou.edu to check your degree completion progress and to prepare a trial schedule for the upcoming academic term.
  • Your academic advisor will lift your advising stop hold, note recommendations in iAdvise, and provide special permission (overrides) necessary for any Meteorology, Geography, or Geographic Information Science courses that require it.
  • Please note that your faculty Your A&GS advisor is not authorized to provide overrides for courses outside A&GS.
  • If you are concurrently enrolled in courses at another school, make sure your academic advisor is aware of what courses you will be transferring into OU at the end of the current academic term.
  • Go here for information on how to enroll.
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Financial Resources

A graphic for the University’s Centralized Scholarship Hub (CASH) reminding students to apply by February 1 at ou.edu/scholarships. CASH. Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub. Apply by Febraury 1. ou.edu/scholarships. Questions? scholarships@ou.edu

The link to CASH opens annually on Oct. 1 for the next academic year and closes on February 1.

Student Financial Center

Currently enrolled A&GS students are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships through the University’s Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH), accessible through the Financial Aid Website

In CASH, eligible students can apply for a number of other scholarships specific to the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability (DGES) and the School of Meteorology (SoM), as well as:

  • The South Central Climate Science Adaptation Center International Studies Scholarship ($5,000)
  • The John T. Snow Study Abroad scholarship ($1,500)

In addition, the College provides a limited number of tuition waivers for out-of-state students, including incoming freshmen.  Eligible students are selected by DGES and SoM faculty annually. 

The College of A&GS offers financial assistance to students traveling to professional converences. 

A&GS students have the option to check out textbooks for major requirements, for up to four days at a time, thereby saving the cost to purchase a textbook.                                                                         

The College also strongly encourages sophomores to apply for NOAA’s Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program, which provides a number of benefits, including up to $9,500 per year in academic assistance.  This scholarship is open to all A&GS majors.  Here is a link to FAQ.

We encourage all students to meet with an OU MoneyCoach to assist you in your academic financial planning.