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Images from Environmental Studies Program activities including people and logo.
Images from Environmental Studies Program activities including people and logo.

OU Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies (formerly the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment), is a collaborative teaching and research program with a student-guided curriculum designed to create the leadership and a workforce with the skills needed to help meet global challenges relating to water security and other pressing environmental issues such as pollution, climate change, and deforestation.

We also collaborate with the OU and surrounding communities to coordinate environmentally focused events that take place from World Water Day (March 22) until Earth Day (April 22) known as EarthMonth@OU. View the EarthMonth@OU website for more info or click on the above download to view the program of this year's events and plan to join us this EarthMonth@OU2018

Why Environmental Studies?

Environmental Studies provides an undergraduate curriculum that leverages water and other environmentally-related strengths with expertise across the University of Oklahoma, and provides for scholarly specialization in water-related and other environmental disciplines, in order to prepare students to participate effectively in socially-responsible solutions to some of the greatest environmental problems and threats facing humanity.

Environmental Studies prepares students for environmentally-related jobs, including those in federal, state, and tribal government agencies, environmental consulting firms, corporate, professional, and industrial enterprises, environmentally-related NGOs, journalism, public service, law, advocacy, and legislative lobbying efforts.

In the Summer of 2016, Environmental Studies became a standard Degree Program with both B.A. and B.S. degrees, as well as minor degrees in Environmental Studies, Water Sciences and Biological Conservation. Plans are also underway to add a graduate program with standard 2-yr M.S. and 4+1 accelerated B.S./M.S. degrees.

Give to Environmental Studies...

There are several options available for supporting Environmental Studies students and activities:

Student Support:

Our goal is to enhance and support the student experience with undergraduate fellowships and conference travel. Fellowship opportunities are central to recruiting and retaining talented students, who have offers from peer institutions. Conferences offer opportunities for transformative professional development, career exploration and intellectual inquiry. 


Each year between World Water Day (22 March) and Earth Day (22 April), Environmental Studies teams up with other environmentally active departments, faculty, and student clubs to celebrate Earth Month. We engage the OU and Norman community in topical environmental discussions with some of our nation's scientific, social, and political leaders, as well as highlight the many campus and city initiatives focused on environmental stewardship.

Staff and Facility Enhancement:

One of our major priorities is staffing and maintaining the Environmental Research Experiences for Students (ERES) Shared Instructional Laboratory to the highest degree. This facility, containing major advanced analytical water and microbiological analytical equipment, is at the core of OU’s academic mission, to provide students with hands-on experience with modern, state-of-the-art environmental analytical instrumentation. The ERES Shared Instructional Lab serves as a catalyst for preparing students for career success in environmental studies, as well as other related fields. 

An OU Foundation account, Environmental Studies Fund, has been established to allow donors the ability to support any or all of the above programs.

Click here to access the secure online giving form: OU Foundation - Environmental Studies Support