Department of Finance

Global Energy Management Program

GEM for Undergraduate Students

What is GEM?

Our faculty surveyed the energy sector and took a novel approach when doing so by asking the industry what skill sets would you like to see in a business graduate. The responses all centered on a theme; “we would like your business graduates to have grounding in technical disciplines. The energy industry is a very technical industry mostly comprised of engineers. Our business leaders need to be able to communicate and work in a technical environment.” The GEM Professional Program provides the basis for these fundamentals. This edge will allow you the potential to explore positions within the energy industry which might otherwise be unavailable to you.

GEM Degree Plan Options

The Global Energy Management program provides the foundation and preparation for entering into the dynamic, high paying energy industry. The program has two options:

  1. GEM Professional Program
  2. GEM Professional Program

    The GEM Professional Program is the most powerful and comprehensive blend of technical and business skills available at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students in this program obtain a BBA in Finance with a GEM specialization.

    Meant to begin at the freshman year and carry through graduation, the GEM Professional Program requires a higher level math and science core than the traditional BBA in Finance. In addition to the required business core course work, GEM-PP students take all their advanced-elective courses in energy business.

    Download the GEM-Professional Program Degree Plan: 2021

  3. GEM Track in Finance
  4. The GEM Track in Finance

    Energy is the largest industry in the world and commands a diverse spectrum of operations. Energy isn’t all hardhats and smokestacks. Powering the planet takes business leadership and is the perfect environment for aspiring business people of all kinds, offering lucrative jobs, exotic travel, exciting challenges and a chance to be a part of something big.

    See the University of Houston course catalog for all relevant polices pertaining to the degree plans and minors.


The curriculum for each option has been designed to blend a technical background, not unlike the basis for an engineering degree, with the management skills missing in most energy workers today. This blended approach results in a much more appealing candidate for the energy industry.

Each option offers a special focus on energy related courses at the advanced level. The GEM program has been designed and taught by industry professionals; academicians and practittioners who bring the real world of energy business to the classroom. No matter what option you choose, GEM students have an unparalleled opportunity to network with industry professionals, are eligible to apply for exclusive internships and scholarships, and develop a first-hand knowledge of the largest industry in the world.

Additional Information

Academic Advising

UH students interested in an energy focus within the Finance Major (either the GEM-Professional Program or the GEM track in Finance) may contact the Finance Academic Advisor for specialty tracks, Bethany Rose, at Appointments can be made through the Navigate appointment system.


Filing a GEM Degree Plan

To officially declare these programs, students must meet degree plan filing requirements and apply online.


Career Services for GEM Students

For GEM-related internships and career positions, visit the UH Bauer College Rockwell Career Center website.