Global Energy, Environment, and Resources, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48

Upper-Division Hours Within Major: 18


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.50

Program Code: B495

Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or College of International Studies Requirements

The major requires 33 hours, 18 of which must be upper-division. 18 of the required 33 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies.

Major Requirements

I. Foundations of GEER
IAS 3283Culture, Power, and Global Environment3
or IAS 3653 Energy, Climate, and Security
II. Areas of Concentration
Choose five courses from the following groups. Courses are chosen from a list maintained by the department. A minimum of one course from each group must be taken. A minimum of 6 hours must be IAS designated.15
Energy, Climate, and the Environment
Environment & Global Ethics
International Society and Environment
III. Area Studies Focus
Choose three courses from one region of the world 19
IV. International Experience
Choose an approved international experience 2
V. Internship or Service Learning
Choose one of the following (preferably with an international focus): 33
International Studies Internship (Energy Company)
International Studies Internship (Environmental Organization)
Service Learning appropriate to the major
VI. Senior Capstone Course
IAS 4013Senior Capstone Seminar in International and Area Studies3
Total Credit Hours33

Note: Students may take other appropriate courses as approved by the IAS Academic Advisor.

Major Support Requirements

Choose 16 hours of one foreign language relevant to the major16
IAS 2003Understanding the Global Community3
Total Credit Hours19

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and College of International Studies requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at: http://www.ou.edu/content/gened/courses.htmlCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language
(0-13 hours in the same language) The College of International Studies requirement cannot be met by high school coursework
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics
Choose one course3
Core Area II: Natural Science
Choose two courses from different disciplines in the biological and/or physical sciences, one of which must include a laboratory component 17
Core Area III: Social Science
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities
Artistic Forms
Choose one course 43
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course 3,43
World Culture
Choose one course 43
Core Area V: First-Year Experience
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours37-50

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Total Hours: A minimum of 120 semester hours acceptable toward graduation must be completed.
Upper-Division Hours: A minimum of 48 upper-division semester hours acceptable toward graduation must be completed. OU courses numbered 3000 or above are upper-division. Transfer work is counted as lower-division or upper-division credit depending on the level at which it was offered at the institution where it was earned. Two-year college work is accepted only as lower-division credit.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Major Work: A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned in the major, including a minimum of 15 credit hours at the upper-division level.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
Military, Military In-Service, Skills, Applied Technology, and P.E. Courses: A maximum of 16 semester credit hours of basic skills and/or applied technology courses. No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.
  • Credits earned via examination are neither resident nor nonresident credit.

Information regarding Grade Point Averages, Special Degrees, and Application for Graduation can be found in the catalog under David L. Boren College of International Studies: Undergraduate Study.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan of study should not be used in lieu of academic advisement. Students who transfer from other institutions (particularly community colleges) must verify credit hour and course requirements with their academic counselor, (405) 325-1429, http://www.ou.edu/international. Please make an appointment for a degree check with your college academic counselor once you have earned 90 hours.

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of International Studies academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of International Studies, and Asian Studies major requirements.

  • Junior Year - International Experience
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
IAS 2003 Understanding the Global Community (Core III) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
MATH (Core I) 3
First-Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Intermediate Language (Core I) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 1 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 2
Free Elective, lower-division 2
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
IAS 3283
Culture, Power, and Global Environment
or Energy, Climate, and Security
3
Areas of Concentration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Intermediate Language continued 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 1 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:  
Area Studies Focus Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:  
Area Studies Focus Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
 Credit Hours12
Senior
First Semester
IAS 3910 International Studies Internship (or Service Learning) 3
Areas of Concentration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Areas of Concentration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Area Studies Focus Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
IAS 4013 Senior Capstone Seminar in International and Area Studies 3
Areas of Concentration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Areas of Concentration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120