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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

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What is Environmental Sustainability?

Environmental sustainability studies how human societies can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Achieving this goal requires balancing short- and long-term needs related to jobs and economic growth, societal well-being, and environmental health. Students typically have interests in how individuals, organizations and societies can affect the environment, and creating a better world in which to live. This degree enables students to develop the necessary technical skills to address relevant environmental and societal problems, including skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistical and spatial reasoning, and remote sensing. The nature of the degree allows for flexibility, as multiple electives and degree options are available.

Students may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in any of the following options:

        • Science and Natural Resources
        • Culture and Society
        • Planning and Management  

Do my interests fit?

Environmental sustainability students typically have interests in:

  • Earth
  • Socio-political issues
  • Environmental policies
  • Renewable energy
  • International environment issues
  • Detail-oriented

High school preparation should include math and science courses, especially Earth and physical sciences.

How can OU Environmental Sustainability help me?

The Mission of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences is to provide a world-class academic experience that promotes innovation and research, leading to advanced education and exciting careers in geography, environmental sustainability, meteorology, climate, geographic information science, and global environmental concerns. Students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability are provided an interdisciplinary approach to complex environmental, economic and social issues, with advanced technology available at their fingertips. Graduates of this program lead efforts in research, decision-making, and policies that drive efforts in environmental sustainability across the globe.

What courses will I take?

Environmental sustainability courses may include:

  • Introduction to Spatial Thinking
  • Analytic Methods in Geography
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Environment and Society
  • Geography in the U.S.
  • Environment and Society
  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Programming for Meteorology
  • Quantitative Methods

What kind of career could I pursue?

  • Broadcast Meteorologist
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Environmental Programs Specialist
  • Sustainable Development Planner
  • Watershed Facilitator
  • Federal Science Projects Manager
  • Geographic Information Systems Specialist/Analyst
  • City Planning Director
  • Environmental Coordinator

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Contact Us:

Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability
Phone: (405) 325-5325