The Major in Environmental Studies
The environmental studies program was established to provide students in the region with an opportunity to study in this exciting field and to examine and analyze the many complex issues that affect the environment and that, in turn, affect the human and natural history of the region.
The environmental studies program is designed to provide students with the interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise to be effective agents for change in the complex world that characterizes the start of the twenty-first century. Interdisciplinary by nature, the major in environmental studies incorporates course work from biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, history, political science, and economics. The program includes a foundation in required natural science studies, yet encourages students to pursue areas of interest in diverse fields.
Prospective environmental studies student should reflect on many questions: Are you interested in the natural world? Is the understanding of relationships among organisms and their environment intellectually stimulating? Does this knowledge enrich your life? Are you interested in learning more about ecology and environmental issues? Do you wish to work towards an economically and ecologically sustainable future for mankind and all creatures of the Earth? If you can answer yes to questions such as these, then a major in environmental studies may be for you.
If you would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity, follow the links to the left, or contact us at the address below.
Environmental Studies Program
Department of Biology
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 208-5468 (FAX)
Environmental studies students will obtain a thorough education in the following areas of inquiry:
1. Interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues;
2. Human and environmental implications of technology and science;
3. Potentials and possibilities for living in an environmentally just, equitable, and sustainable world;
4. Understanding of physical and biological processes in the environment at a local, regional, and global level;
5. Understanding of the ecological relationships connecting the biotic and abiotic components of the ecosphere;
6. Cultural and historical relationships between humans and nature;
7. Environmental aspects of the dynamics of the relationship between human activities and the environment;
8. Knowledge of historical and contemporary relationships between politics, economics, and land use;
9. Knowledge of sustainability in biological, economic, and political processes, and the relationships to equity in policy development.