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Career Paths Using Your A&GS Degree

Dean Berrien Moore celebrates homecoming with A&GS majors before the annual homecoming parade.
Dean Berrien Moore celebrates homecoming with A&GS majors before the annual homecoming parade.

Alumni from the college work all across the country and the world.  Some graduates have continued their studies with advanced degrees and joined the world of education.  Meteorology graduates work for the U.S. military, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for private weather firms like DTN, the airlines, the Storm Prediction Center, the broadcast media, the National Weather Service, commercial companies, highway and transportation departments, and utility companies, to name just a few careers.

Geography, GIS, and Environmental Sustainability grads work as environmental quality specialists for agencies like the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), as community developers, for the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), for the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), as renewable energy planners, information technology specialists, and forestry technicians, for private energy companies, and as U.S. National Park Rangers, and emergency managers -- only a few on a long list of careers that Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability grads have pursued.



DGES Advisor Jamie Steele (left) helps two environmental sustainability majors plant a tree on Arbor Day.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability majors learn how society 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.




A GIS major presents her research at the annual GIS Day.

Geographic Information Science

Students majoring in Geographic Information Science learn to use geographic data to create maps, charts, and models that illustrate and analyze various problems related to geography, environmental sustainability, and meteorology, as well as dozens of other areas including emergency management, marketing, and climatology.



Students in the beginning Physical Geography class enjoy a field trip to the Wachita Mountains.


Geographers study the earth’s physical features, including climate, landforms and ecosystems, as well as its people.  They also examine political and cultural trends as they relate to geography.



Radar trucks at the National Weather Center, each containing around $4 million in technology and equipment.


Meteorology combines the excitement of studying the forces of nature with the elegance and rigor of mathematics and physics.  Meteorologists study, observe, and predict variations in day-to-day weather and seasonal trends.  They have the knowledge to warn people of severe and hazardous weather, and their expertise benefits society through water management, energy, aviation, health, and business.