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Revised (2021) Electives

This is a list of all electives available for the revised (2021) BA. Not all courses are offered every semester. Click for a list of electives offered Spring 2023.

Majors must take two Interdisciplinary electives, and three other electives, one from each of three of the four single-disciplinary categories, for a total of 15 hours.

Note: there may be some discrepancies between the course lists available here, and the lists found on the OU Catalog. This may be a result of the transition to the "new" (Fall 2021) requirements. Please contact the Environmental Studies advisor with any questions about which courses count as electives for the program.

The table will show ten course listings at a time. Click arrows to sort each column, or use the search box to find specific courses (e.g. enter category key, topic, or other term). Clicking on the course title will take you to the OU Course Catalogue description of the class.

Category key:

  • #ID: Interdisciplinary
  • #NS: Natural Sciences
  • #SS: Social Sciences
  • #HU: Humanities
  • #AD: Applied Disciplines
CategoryCourse TitleGenEd TypePrerequisites
#IDENST 1013: Consumption and the EnvironmentIII. Social ScienceNone
#IDENST 2203: Ecosystem Impacts of Climate ChangeII. Natural ScienceNone 
#IDENST 3303: Food, Agriculture and the EnvironmentNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#IDENST 3223: Environmental JusticeNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#IDENST 3503: Energy Use, Climate Change and The EnvironmentNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#IDENST 3603: Global Perspectives of Wildlife ConservationNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#IDENST 3713: Nature in the CityNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#IDENST 3743: Biological Invasion and SocietyNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#NSBIOL 1005: Concepts in BiologyII. Natural Science w/labNone, but high school or college chemistry is recommended
#NSBIOL 1013: Introduction to BiologyII. Natural ScienceNone
#NSBIOL 1134: Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and DiversityII. Natural Science w/labLife science majors only
#NSBIOL 2103: Everyday EvolutionII. Natural ScienceSophomore standing
#NSBIOL/PBIO 2404: Ecology/Environmental QualityII. Natural Science w/labSophomore standing
#NSBIOL 3083: Animal BehaviorNone2013 or permission of instructor
#NSBIOL 3403: Principles of EcologyNoneBIOL 1114 and BIOL 1121, or BIOL 1134, or PBIO 1114
#NSBIOL 3463: Water and Ecological SustainabilityII. Natural ScienceJunior standing and English 1213 or Expository Writing 1213, BIOL 1114 or BIOL 1124 or BIOL 1134, or permission of instructor
#NSBIOL 3563: Biological ConservationNoneBIOL 1114 and BIOL 1121, or BIOL 1134, or BOT/PBIO 1114
#NSBIOL 4423: Stream EcologyNoneZOO/BIOL 1124, or ZOO/BIOL 1114 and ZOO/BIOL 1121; and Biology 1134; junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor
#NSBIOL 4433: Freshwater Fish EcologyNoneTwo college science courses that include a laboratory, one of which should be in biological sciences or permission of UOBS Director
#NSBIOL 4463: Lake EcologyNoneCHEM 1315, PHYS 1205 or 2414, and BIOL 3403, or permission of instructor
#NSBIOL 4553: Wetlands EcologyNoneTwo college science courses that include a laboratory, one of which should be in biological sciences or permission of UOBS Director
#NSBIOL 4573: Conservation GeneticsNone3333 or permission of the instructor
#NSGEOG 1114: Physical GeographyII. Natural Science w/labNone
#NSGEOG 3023: Principles of Physical GeographyNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#NSGEOG 4183: Patterns and Processes in Landscape EcologyNoneJunior standing and GIS 2023
#NSGEOG 4273: Regional Climatology NoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#NSGEOG 4283: BiogeographyNoneJunior or senior standing
#NSGEOL 1024: The History of the Earth and LifeII. Natural Science w/labNone
#NSGEOL/METR 1034: Native Science and Earth Systems of North AmericaII. Natural Science w/labNone
#NSGEOL 1104: The Dynamic Earth (Geology for non-Science Majors)II. Natural Science w/labNone
#NSGEOL 1114: Physical Geology for Science and Engineering MajorsII. Natural Science w/labEquivalent knowledge of high school chemistry, algebra and trigonometry
#NSGEOL/AGSC 2014: The Earth SystemII. Natural Science w/labNone
#NSGEOL 3013: Geology of OklahomaII. Natural ScienceJunior standing or permission of instructor
#NSGEOL 3033: Earth Resources & the EnvironmentII. Natural ScienceJunior standing or permission of instructor
#NSGEOL/METR 4533: Earth’s Past ClimateNoneSenior or graduate standing, or permission of instructor
#NSMBIO/METR/PBIO 4693: Environmental Sampling MethodsNoneDiverse STEM background; permission of instructor; senior standing
#NSMETR 1014: Introduction to Weather and ClimateII. Natural Science w/labNone
#NSMETR 4543: Global Climate ChangeNoneSee course catalog
#NSMETR 4553: Climate and Renewable EnergyNoneJunior standing
#NSPBIO 3453: Principles of Plant EcologyNonePBIO 1114 or Biology 1134 or permission of instructor
#SSANTH 1913: Plagues and People: Health and Disease in Human SocietyIII. Social ScienceNone
#SSANTH 3203: Introduction to Biological AnthropologyNoneSophomore standing or 3 credit hours in ANTH or concurrent enrollment in 3 credit hours of ANTH or permission of the instructor
#SSANTH 4783: Landscape ArchaeologyIV. World CultureJunior standing or 3 hours of ANTH
#SSECON 3213: Environmental EconomicsNoneA grade of C or better in ECON 1123
#SSENST 3023: Environmental PsychologyNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#SSENST 3653: Community ConservationNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#SSGEOG 1103: Human GeographyIV. Western CultureNone
#SSGEOG 1203: Global Environmental IssuesIII. Social ScienceNone
#SSGEOG 3213: Principles of Human GeographyNoneUpper-division standing or permission of instructor
#SSGEOG 3233: Principles of SustainabilityNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#SSGEOG 3243: Principles of Economic GeographyNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#SSGEOG 3253: Environmental ConservationIII. Social ScienceNone
#SSGEOG 3443: Environment and SocietyIII. Social ScienceJunior standing or permission of instructor
#SSGEOG 4123: Urban GeographyNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#SSGEOG 4343: Climate, History, and SocietyII. Natural ScienceJunior standing or permission of instructor
#SSGEOG 4423: Environmental JusticeNoneJunior standing.
#SSGEOG 4583: Energy Systems and SustainabilityNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#SSGEOG 4663: Water and SocietyNoneSophomore standing and ENGL/EXPO 1213, or instructor permission
#SSGEOG 4943: Natural HazardsIII. Social ScienceJunior or senior standing
#SSIAS 3863: Global EnvironmentNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#SSP SC 3233: Environmental Policy and AdministrationNone1113
#SSSOC 3893: Environment, Ecology and SocietyNoneSOC 1113 or permission of instructor
#HUA HI 2803: Introduction to Native American ArtIV. Non Western CultureNone
#HUA HI 4853: American Indian Women ArtistsIV. Non Western CultureJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#HUA HI 4943 : Fieldwork for Art HistoryNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#HUENGL 3113: Nature/Environment/Science WritingIV. Western CultureENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213
#HUENST 3633: Wilderness PhilosophyNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#HUGEOG 3843: Gender and EnvironmentIII. Social ScienceJunior standing or permission of instructor
#HUGEOG 4143: History of Geography and SustainabilityNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#HUHIST 2063: History of ActivismIV. Western CultureNone
#HUHIST 3383: The American WestIV. Western CultureNone
#HUHIST 3443: Early North American WestIV. Western CultureHIST 1483
#HUHIST 3453: The Modern North American WestIV. Western CultureHIST 1483 or HIST 1493
#HUHIST 3493: American Environmental HistoryIV. Western CultureNone
#HUHIST 4553: Environmental History of Latin AmericaIV. Non Western CultureENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213
#HUHSTM 1113: Science, Nature and Society: Historical PerspectivesIV. Western CultureNone
#HUHSTM 1313: DisastersNoneNone
#HUHSTM 2423: Social and Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, Environment and MedicineIV. Western CultureNone
#HUHSTM 3293: Environment and HealthNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#HUHSTM/P E 3343: Revolution in Power - the Evolution of Energy Systems from Fossil Fuels to RenewablesIV. Western CultureJunior standing, or completion of one History of Science lower-division course, or permission of instructor
#HUHSTM 3473: History of Ecology and EnvironmentalismIV. Western CultureJunior standing, or completion of one History of Science lower-division course, or permission of instructor
#HUIAS 3193: Environment and Disease Crises in ChinaIV. Non Western CultureJunior standing or permission of instructor
#HUNAS 3113: Native American PhilosophyIV. Non Western CultureJunior standing or permission of instructor
#HUPHIL 3293: Environmental EthicsIV. Western CultureJunior standing or permission of instructor
#HUWGS 3493: Bodies, Nature and JusticeNoneNone
#ADCEES 2313: Water Quality FundamentalsNoneCHEM 1415, MATH 2423 or MATH 2924
#ADCEES 3213: Water Resources EngineeringNone2223 or permission of instructor
#ADCEES 4243: Water Technologies for Emerging RegionsNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor.
#ADCOMM 3563: Risk and Crisis CommunicationNoneCOMM 1113 and junior standing or permission of instructor
#ADENST 3203: Sprawl and the EnvironmentNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#ADENST 3213: Law and the EnvironmentNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#ADENST 3243: Introduction to Water LawNoneEnglish 1213/Expository Writing 1213, junior standing or permission of instructor
#ADENST 3263: Ecotourism - Sustainable Wildlife and Nature TourismNoneENST 1013 or ENST 2623, junior standing, or permission of instructor
#ADENST 3313: Gardening, Community & EnvironmentNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#ADENST 3663: Hot Topics in Wildlife ConservationNoneENST 2623 or ENST 3613 or permission of adviser or instructor
#ADENST 3723: Issues in Ecological RestorationNoneEnglish 1213/Expository Writing 1213, junior standing or permission of instructor
#ADGEOG/METR 3523: Managing for a Changing ClimateII. Natural ScienceJunior or Senior standing
#ADGEOG/RCPL 4003: The Global City and Planning IssuesNoneEnglish 1213 and junior standing
#ADGEOG 4513: Real-world Applications of Climate and Weather InformationNoneMATH 1823 and PHYS 2514
#ADGEOG 4713: Dynamic Modeling of Socio-Environmental SystemsNoneSenior standing or permission of instructor
#ADGIS 4733: Environmental Remote SensingNoneEither a course or hands-on experience in remote sensing, GIS, statistical analysis, computer programming, or permission of the instructor and adviser
#ADL A 4103: Introduction to Landscape ArchitectureIV. Artistic FormsJunior standing and permission of instructor
#ADL A 4423: Human Experience of the EnvironmentIII. Social ScienceJunior standing
#ADL A 4743: Garden History from Ancient to ContemporaryIV. Western CultureJunior standing
#ADL A 4943: History and Theory of Landscape ArchitectureNoneJunior standing or permission of instructor
#ADPHCH 4103: Environmental HealthNoneInstructor will give permission to ENST major for summer term only