GIST empowers students with geospatial information technologies for high in-demand professional careers that are among the fastest growing of all sectors of the economy (e.g., environmental management and science, engineering & design, geo-intelligence & homeland security, facility and asset management, marketing and location-based services, telecommunications, transportation, etc.). The GIST Major is a 124-credit hour bachelor degree program, including 39 credits of required core courses and 23-26 credits of a specialized, marketable and student-chosen concentration (Program Website). Students in the GIS minor are required to take 15 credits of GIST course work.
The skills of GIST professionals are needed in federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA); GIS for K-12 Educators; as well as with municipal agencies, and private engineering, planning and technology firms. Many GIST majors will secure both paid and unpaid internships, which often lead to full-time employment.
Career applications of GIST skills include: Business GIS | Cartography | Crime Analysis | Energy Utilities | Engineering | Environmental Management | Forestry | Geospatial-Intelligence | Military | National Defense | Public Health | Remote Sensing
Major Requirements: 63 hours
Required Core Courses: 39 hours
Concentration: 23-26 hours
Students must choose one of the following five concentrations
Cultural and Economic Geography Concentration: 24 hours
Choose 24 credit hours from the list of restrictive electives below. At least one course must be at the 400-level.
Environmental Geoscience Concentration: 26 hours
Choose 26 credit hours from the list of restrictive electives below. At least one course must be at the 400-level
Information Assurance and Security Concentration: 24 hours
Choose 24 credit hours from the list of restrictive electives below.
Criminology Concentration: 24 hours
Choose 24 credit hours from the list of restrictive electives below. At least one course must be at the 400-level
Urban and Regional Planning Concentration: 23-25 hours
Choose 23-25 credit hours from the list of restrictive electives below. At least one course must be at the 400-level
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.