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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 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

Specific course requirements for each program are found on the program checksheet:

Recent OU Environmental Sustainability Alumni

Current Job

Environmental Programs Specialist II at OK. Dept. of Environmental Quality
Air Quality Program Coordinator at Choctaw Nation of OK
Brand & Content Strategist at Opower in San Francisco
Business Development at CleanTX in Austin
City Planner for the City of Amarillo
District Executive for Boys Scouts of America in OKC
Field Scientist at Terracon in Katy, TX
Freshest Cargo Route Manager at Fresh Approach in San Francisco
GIS Specialist at LandWorks, Inc. in Houston, TX
Director of Marketing and Communications at CleanTX in Austin
Retail Strategy Architect of Digital Innovation in Norman
GIS Specialist for Brownsfields Program for Oil and Gas Conservation Division of OK. Corp.
Health and Safety Executive (HES) Officer. Innospec Oilfield Services in OKC
Insurance Agent at Kemper in Georgia
Associate Planner and Program Coordinator at the Office of Sustainability in OKC
Quality Control Analyst at Cyanotech in Hawaii
Brown Field Coordinator at Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Office of Environmental Health and Engineering
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) Graduate porgram in WDC, American University School
of International Service (SIS)
Masters of City and Regional Planning Program, UNC; Graduate Asst. UNC Highway Safety Research Center on safe routes to school

Career Options in Environmental Sustainability


Sustainable community planner
Green economic developer
National Park ranger
Municipal water conservation program manager
Green team leader for city government
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
United States Environmental Protection Agency
United States Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
United Nations Sustainable Development Officer


Green energy entrepreneur
Corporate social responsibility manager
Environmental consultant
Energy auditor
Environmental journalist
ISO certification specialist


Executive director of a local environmental nonprofit
State-level engagement coordinator for Greenpeace
Fundraising and grant writer for Sierra Club
Communications manager for World Wildlife Fund

Helpful Resources

Careers in ES

For further information about studying Environmental Sustainability, please refer to:
General Catalog (College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences section)

Contact the Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Kirsten de Beurs at or the Undergraduate Adviser, Jamie Steele at