James Madison University’s

Environmental Management Program

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger, Coordinator




The interdisciplinary Environmental Management minor prepares students to apply the principles of environmental science and engineering to contemporary environmental problems in natural resource, industrial, and public policy contexts. The minor is particularly suitable for students interested in professional careers in business, natural resources management, and environmental policy and planning. After fulfilling prerequisite requirements in biology and statistics, students pursue the minor by completing core courses and electives.


The Environmental Management minor strives to develop graduates who can apply science and technology to a broad range of practical environmental problems in a variety of professional settings. Students completing the minor are expected to be literate in and competent with the sciences and mathematics underlying environmental problem-solving.


Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Environmental Management Club (the Air and Waste Management Association student chapter)

JMU Center for Environment, Health and Safety (CEHS)

Minor Requirements

The Environmental Management minor requires a total of 29 credits, including prerequisite courses. The prerequisites must have been completed successfully before the student may be enrolled in the Environmental Management minor. Prerequisite courses may be fulfilled as part of the student’s major. At least one elective course must be outside of the student's major.



Credit Hours

1) BIO 124, Ecology and Evolution


2) Complete 3 hours from one of the following:

MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

GISAT 251, Topics in Statistics for ISAT

MATH 285, Data Analysis

MATH 307, Principles of Probability and Statistics

MATH 318, Introduction to Probability and Statistics






Minor Requirements

Credit Hours

Required Courses


ISAT 320 and 321, Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology I-II

CHEM 241, Organic Chemistry I



ISAT 302, Instrumentation and Measurement of the Environment (no pre-req)


ENVT 400, Capstone Seminar: Environmental Problem Solving





See below



22 hours


Students completing the Environmental Management minor must concentrate in one of three areas, Natural Resources, Industrial Systems, or Environmental Policy, described below. Students should be aware that some of the listed courses may have additional prerequisites.

Natural Resources

·       ISAT 424: Natural Resource Management

·       And choose two of the following courses:

BIO 402: Forest Ecology

BIO 456: Landscape Ecology

BIO 457: Biological Applications of Geographic Information Systems

BIO 459: Freshwater Ecology

BIO 465: Environmental Toxicology

CHEM 354: Environmental Chemistry Field Camp

CHEM/GEOL 355: Geochemistry of Natural Waters

GEOG 340: Biogeography

GEOG 341: Wilderness Techniques

GEOG 342: Management and Protection of Natural Resources

GEOG 343: Wildlife Management

GEOL 340: Soils and Land Use

ISAT 420: Environmental Analysis and Modeling

ISAT 425: Environmental Hydrology

ISAT 429: Sustainability: An Ecological Process

Industrial Systems

·       ISAT 422: Environmental Management

·       And choose two of the following courses:

HTH 352: Environmental Health

HTH 450: Epidemiology

ISAT 423: Environmental Remediation

            ISAT 427: Industrial Hygiene

            ISAT 428: Industrial Ecology

Environmental Policy

·       ISAT 422: Environmental Management or ISAT 424: Natural Resource Management

·       ISAT 421: Environmental Policy and Regulation

·       And choose one of the following courses:

BIO 465. Environmental Toxicology

ECON 305: Environmental Economics

ECON 340: Economics of Natural Resources

GEOG 325: Environmental Ethics

GEOG/ISAT 429: Sustainability, An Ecological Process

HIST 427: US Environmental History

ISAT 420: Environmental Analysis and Modeling

ISAT 423: Environmental Remediation

ISAT 471: Transportation: Energy, Environment, and Society

ISAT 472: Transportation: Air Quality Monitoring and Regulation

PPA 484: Environmental Regulatory Politics and Policy

SCOM 354. Communication, Environment, and Environmentalism

SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment


Other courses may apply to the concentrations by permission of the Coordinator.




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