The geographic perspective allows you to understand our interdependent world and our fragile habitat. It provides you with the skills needed to understand the nature and implications of geopolitical, economic, environmental and cultural shifts in different parts of the world. It allows you to develop the tools for finding solutions to environmental, regional, and international problems. Equips you with the knowledge to explore biophysical changes shaping the planet. Prepares you to understand and apply maps and cutting-edge geospatial technologies to solving the most pressing human and environmental issues of the 21st century.
The knowledge and skills needed to understand our amazing world and prepare you to engage in careers that are dedicated to solving human, physical, and environmental problems and designing solutions for an interdependent world comprised of more than 7 billion people, speaking more than 7,000 languages, and inhabiting more than 190 countries. Learn transferable skills in problem-solving, information gathering and communication, thinking, planning and organization, teamwork and management, and many IT skills, which attract employers from an array of sectors.
With training in physical geography, human geography, human-environment interactions, and geographic information science, our programs prepare students for employment in a wide range of sectors, including public and private, education, business, industry, government, transportation, geo-tourism, environmental sustainability, and sustainable development.
Study in a broadly based general degree program or one that emphasizes environmental studies. Both degrees may be fine-tuned toward prospective educators. Specialize in GIS, Physical Geography, Human Geography, Regional Geography, and Secondary Education. Concentrations of study include Geo-tourism, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, Environmental Studies/Analysis, Cartography, and Remote Sensing.
Studying Geography may lead to careers in the following: Business and Industry; Geo-Tourism; Geographic Information Science; Geospatial Intelligence; Local, State and Federal Government; Sustainable Development and Environmental Sustainability; Transportation Geography; or Urban and Regional Development
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Major Requirements: 33-35 hours
Students will complete 33-35 credit hours, of which a minimum of 9 credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.
Required Courses: 18 hours
Specialization Courses: 9-11 hours
Select three courses from one of the following areas of specialization.
Restricted Elective Courses: 6 hours
Select two departmental courses outside of the selected area of specialization.
This major requires a minor. Please see Programs for a list of available minors or contact your major advisor.
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; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses 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.