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Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Dr. Ronald G. Kander, Head

Phone: (540) 568-2740
E-mail: kanderrg@jmu.edu
Web site: www.isat.jmu.edu



Mr. Paul W. Henriksen, Coordinator for Students

Phone: (540) 568-2755
E-mail: henrikpw@jmu.edu


Professors
J. Barnes, M. Deaton, S. Frysinger, B. Gabriel, J. Gentile, G. Gustafson, R. Kander, R. Kolvoord, H. Kraenzle, D. Lawrence, J. Marchal, R. McKown, R. Roberds, G. Taylor, M. Zarrugh

Associate Professors
K. Altaii, T. Benzing, J. Blandino, R. E. Burnett, T. Chen, P. Cushman, G. Egekwu, M. Handley, A. Henriksen, M. Ivory, M. Kimsey, C. Klevickis, J. Kushner, K. Lewis, D. McGraw, J. Miles, R. Raab, A. Rabie, J. Spindel, J. Taylor, A. Teate, R. Teutonico, G. Tucker, S. Wright

Assistant Professors
C. J. Broderick, G. Coffman, J. Couto, J. Noftsinger, W. Teel

Adjunct Professors
K. Murphy, R. Denzer

Adjunct Associate Professors
G. Baker, R. Farrugia, E. Kancler, C. Yousif

Adjunct Assistant Professor
J. Eckman

Instructors
P. Goodall, P. Henriksen, J. Wilson


The ISAT department administers the ISAT Program and the Geographic Science Program.

Program of Geographic Science



Dr. Steven Frysinger, Director
Phone: (540) 568-2710
E-mail: frysinsp@jmu.edu
Web site: www.isat.jmu.edu

For information about specific concentrations, contact the concentration coordinators.

Mission Statement
The Geographic Science Program will empower, inspire and motivate students to help them become competent critical thinkers prepared for lifelong learning, who will respond to intellectual challenges with interest, excitement and competence, and who will see themselves as global citizens actively involved in the world around them.

The program will graduate majors who are confident in their abilities as geographers, prepared for a lifetime of learning in geography, who have the skills to make a professional contribution to the field, to compete successfully in the job market, to successfully pursue graduate degrees and who are highly qualified for careers in research and development—equipped for long term success as professionals in the field of geography.


Goals
Through the study of geography students will:
  • Understand the theories, models and analytical methods that help explain spatial patterns
  • Understand the power and use of geographic tools such as maps, quantitative methods, aerial imagery, geographic information systems and global positioning systems in geographic analysis
  • Develop the ability to use maps and other geographic representations and technologies to acquire, process and report geographic information
  • Understand the relationship between cultural and physical processes within the spatial framework
  • Understand the major problems facing humankind through examination of the interactions and relationships among humans, and between humans and the physical environment
  • Develop an awareness of how cultural similarities and differences are manifested in both the human and physical environment
  • Understand how the physical environment affects human systems and how the physical environment is modified by human activities
  • Understand the value of the inter and multi disciplinary nature of geographical study and analysis
  • Understand the value of the geographer’s perspective in explaining global diversity
  • Understand the historical and philosophical development of geography and it's sub-disciplines
  • Understand how to detect and analyze the spatial structure of phenomena using spatial models


Career Opportunities
The Geography major is divided into three concentration areas. Each of these offers a unique set of career opportunities.

Applied Geographic Information Science (AGIS) Concentration
JMU Geography graduates with an AGIS concentration have been able to gain professional employment with government and industry, or to go on to graduate programs. Some of the public agencies where they have found employment include local and regional planning agencies, mapping organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, intelligence agencies such as the CIA and the National Photographic Intelligence Center, and also in the environmental science field with the Environmental Protection Agency.

JMU AGIS graduates have also found opportunities in industry with companies such as Earth Satellite Corporation, Space Imaging, Lockheed, SPOT Image, Logicom, SAIC, Pacific Meridian, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and many others.

Environmental Studies Concentration
Geography students trained in environmental and resource analysis, particularly those specializing in land use planning, recreation planning, and/or resource and environmental management, find employment in both the private and public sector. Private environmental organizations and consulting firms, as well as local, state and federal government agencies have all hired students completing the Environmental Studies Concentration. Principal employers include the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.

Global Studies Concentration
A student who completes the Global Studies concentration finds employment in governmental and non-governmental agencies such as the State Department, the CIA, international population bureaus and relief agencies, and economic development organizations. A student with a global studies background is also prepared for graduate school, law school and service opportunities such as the Peace Corps.


Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
  • Geography Club
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon (International Geographical Honor Society)



Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Science

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
General Education1 41
Foreign Language classes (Intermediate level required)2 0-14
Philosophy course(s) (In addition to General Education courses) 3
Major requirements (listed below) and electives 74-78

120


1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary. 2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language's placement test.

Major Requirements
In addition to the Geography core courses, students must choose one of three concentrations, listed in the “Concentrations” section.
Core Corses Credit Hours
GEOG 210. Physical Geography 4
GEOG 265. Thematic Cartography 4
GEOG 280. Cultural Geography 3
Capstone experience (choose one of the following) 3-6
GEOG 490. Special Studies (3 credits)
GEOG 491. International Study (3 credits)
GEOG 495. Internship (3 credits)
GEOG 499. Honors Thesis (6 credits)
Concentration courses 28-34



Bachelor of Science in Geographic Science

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
General Education1 41-44
Mathematics course 3
Social science or natural science course(s) 3-4
Major requirements (listed below) and electives 70-74

120


1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements
In addition to the Geography core courses, students must choose one of three concentrations, listed in the "Concentrations" section.
Core Corses Credit Hours
GEOG 210. Physical Geography 4
GEOG 265. Thematic Cartography 4
GEOG 280. Cultural Geography 3
Capstone experience (choose one of the following) 3-6
GEOG 490. Special Studies (3 credits)
GEOG 491. International Study (3 credits)
GEOG 495. Internship (3 credits)
GEOG 499. Honors Thesis (6 credits)
Concentration courses 28-34



Concentrations

Applied Geographic Information Science Concentration
Dr. Glen Gustafson, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6343
E-mail: gustafgc@jmu.edu

All students in the Applied Geographic Information Science (AGIS) concentration must take the following courses, in addition to the Geography core, for completion of the major.
Required Courses Credit Hours
GEOG 130. Tools and Techniques 3
GEOG 230. Spatial Analysis 3
GEOG 215. Map Reading and Interpretation 3
GEOG 285. Remote Sensing 4
GEOG 366. Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 466. Geographic Data Bases 4
Electives 8-11

28-31


The Elective courses (8-11 credit hours) may be chosen from the following.
GEOG 365. Advanced Thematic Cartography
GEOG 385. Advanced Remote Sensing
GEOG 465. Applied Thematic Cartography
GEOG 467. Applied Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 468. Internet Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 486. Applied Digital Image Processing
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics


Geography Courses from the Global Studies concentration

Courses from the ISAT program, the Department of Computer Science and from the College of Business may be used as electives, as approved by the AGIS Concentration Coordinator.

Environmental Studies Concentration
Dr. Jack Gentile, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6173
E-mail: gentiljr@jmu.edu

In addition to the Geography core requirements, all students in the Environmental Studies Concentration must complete the following course work.
Required Courses Credit Hours
GEOG 240. Natural Resource Conservation 3
GEOG 300. Population Geography 3
GEOG 315. Field Studies 3
GEOG 390. Research Design 1
Electives 18
Cognate courses 6

34


The Elective courses (18 credit hours) may be chosen from the following.

GEOG 245. Global Positioning Systems 1-3
GEOG 250. Agricultural Systems and Global Food
Production 3
GEOG 310. Environmental Issues (Repeatable, no limit) 1-4 each
GEOG 311. Endangered Environments 3
GEOG 340. Biogeography 3
GEOG 345. Economic Geography and Development Issues 3
GEOG 366. Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 415. Climatology 3
GEOG 440. Wilderness Management 3
GEOG 475. Political Geography 3
Any three of the following courses may be used to complete the above 18 credit hour elective requirement.
ECON 305. Environmental Economics 3
GEOL 310 A. Atmosphere 3
GEOL 310 B. Biosphere 3
GEOL 310 C. Hydrosphere 3
GEOL 310 D. Lithosphere 3
ISAT 320. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and
Technology I 3
ISAT 321. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and
Technology II 3
ANTH 355. Culture and Ecology 3
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use 3
ECON 340. Economics of Natural Resources 3
ISAT 420. Environmental Analysis and Modeling 3
ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation 3
ISAT 424. Natural Resource Management 3
ISAT 425. Environmental Hydrology 3

In addition to the above course work, students will complete a cognate (6 credits) that demonstrates advanced competency in an approved area of study (e.g. foreign language, regional focus, ecology, AGIS).


Global Studies Concentration
Dr. Mary Kimsey, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6722
E-mail: kimseymb@jmu.edu

In addition to the Geography core requirements, all students in the Global Studies Concentration must take the following courses.
Required Courses Credit Hours
GEOG 295. Population Geography 3
GEOG 345. Economic Geography and Development Issues 3
GEOG 475. Political Geography 3
GEOG 390. Research Design 1
Specialization electives 18
Cognate 6

34


Global Issues Track

Each student in the Global Studies Track, with the approval of his/her adviser, must develop an 18 credit specialization in a global issues area such as World Population Patterns, World Agricultural Systems, Global Politics, or Patterns of Economic Development.

Possible Global Issues Track Courses
ANTH 300. Anthropology of Diet and Nutrition
ANTH 355. Culture and Ecology.
ANTH/SOCI/SOWK 348. Third World Societies
ANTH/SOCI 352. Birth, Death, Sex: Exploring Demography
ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 365. Economic Development
ECON 405. Political Economy
GECO 270. International Economic Systems
GEOG 250. Agricultural Systems and Global Food Production
GEOG 335. Geography of Africa
GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America
GEOG 346. Geography of Europe
GEOG 348. Russia and the Former U.S.S.R.
GEOG 349. Geography of East Asia
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
HTH 367. Comparative International Health
HTH 368. International Health and Nutrition Studies
ISAT 311. Role of Energy in Modern Society
NUTR 380. Global Nutrition
POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-communist Systems
POSC 350. Latin American Politics
POSC 355. East Asian Politics
REL 312. Religions of East Asia
SOCI 339. Sociology of Women

In addition to the above course work, students will complete a cognate (6 credits) that demonstrates advanced competency in an approved skill area (e.g. foreign language, world regional focus. environmental issues, or AGIS). Finally, all students in the Global Studies Concentration are encouraged to participate in an international experience.


Minor Requirements

Geography Minor
The minor in geography consists of the 11-credit hours of core courses (excluding the capstone experience), plus three additional Geography courses, for a total of not less than 18 credit hours.


Credit by Examination
Credit by examination is offered for some courses taught in the Program of Geographic Science. Students who want permission to take an examination must apply to the Program Director during the first week of the semester.



Integrated Science and Technology



Dr. Ronald G. Kander, Head



Mission Statement
The ISAT program educates students for positions that are often filled by graduates of the traditional sciences, engineering, and business programs. The ISAT graduate, however, is professionally prepared in a broader sense. ISAT students are educated to be technological problem solvers, communicators and life-long learners. They are unique in having the following undergraduate preparation:
  • Breadth of knowledge and skills across a variety of scientific and technological disciplines.
  • Formal training in collaborative and leadership methods, problem-solving techniques from many disciplines and use of the computer as a problem-solving tool.
  • The ability to integrate scientific and technological factors with political, social, economic and ethical considerations in problem solving.
  • Breadth provided through study in strategic sectors that reflect national critical technologies, including bio-technology, energy, engineering and manufacturing, environment, information and knowledge management, telecommunications, and health systems.
  • Depth is provided through studies in an area of concentration and through a capstone thesis project.



Goals
The ISAT program strives to ensure that its students are
  • Grounded in Basic Science
  • Technical Generalists
  • Problem Solvers
  • Technically Literate
  • Computer Literate
  • Technical Communicators
  • Philosophically Grounded
  • Methodologically Sound
  • Aware of the Non-technical Contextual Issues
  • Aware of Current Issues
  • Marketable in Today’s Workplace


The ISAT graduate is
  • Broad-based in understanding science, technology and business principles.
  • Comfortable in a collaborative approach to problem solving.
  • Sensitive to political, social and ethical issues.
  • Highly skilled in the use of the computer as a problem-solving tool.
  • Skilled in solving problems.





Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
  • ISAT Honor Society
  • ISAT LINKS
  • JMU Student Chapter, Air and Waste Management Association
  • JMU Student Chapter, Association for Facilities Engineering
  • JMU Student Chapter, Virginia Biotechnology Association
  • JMU Student Chapter, Society of Manufacturing Engineering
  • JMU Student Chapter, IEEE Computer Society



Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology

Degree Requirements
While completing the ISAT courses, the student will also pursue the university's general education curriculum that is required of all students and is a cornerstone of the education received by every student. The required ISAT courses are listed below. A total of 120 credit hours are required for graduation.

In addition, a grade equal to or higher than C- is required for all prerequisites before an ISAT major can take any ISAT course.
Credit Hours
Issues in Science and Technology I-IV 12
Connections 5
Analytical Methods I-IV 13
Instrumentation and Measurement 3
Strategic Sectors/Concentration 30-33
Senior Thesis/Project 6
General Education courses and electives1 48-51

120


1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements
The ISAT program offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science and Technology and the M.S. degree. See the JMU Graduate Catalog for information on the M.S. program. The B.S. curriculum produces a graduate broadly acquainted with basic science, technology and business principles. All students pursue a common program through their sophomore year that provides a foundation of science and an introduction to its technology applications. Studies are integrated and include mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, biology, knowledge-based systems, environmental science, modern production, energy, and the role of science and technology in society. During their junior and senior years, all students pursue deeper study of strategically significant areas of technology that include biotechnology, energy, environmental studies, engineering and manufacturing, health systems, information and knowledge management, and telecommunications. Each student selects a concentration in any of these areas and pursues additional study in the concentration culminating in a senior project. Students rely heavily upon the computer as a problem-solving tool throughout the curriculum, work in teams extensively and engage in laboratory experiences in the requisite sciences.

Freshman and Sophomore Courses
Issues in Science and Technology

This sequence of four courses engages students in the practice of science, both to motivate and to provide understanding of science and technology in the context of important current social issues. Current areas from which issues are selected are living systems, the environment, modern production and energy.

Connections

This two-course sequence introduces the student to the non-technological issues encountered in science and technology problem-solving, particularly social, ethical, economic and legal issues.

Analytical Methods

This sequence of four courses provides students with basic methods and tools for understanding and analyzing problems in science and technology. Subjects are taught in an integrated manner with applications as the unifying factor. Topics include calculus, elements of the physical sciences, statistics, project management, the computer and knowledge-based systems.

Junior and Senior Courses

Strategic Sectors in Science and Technology

Students complete 18-21 credit hours of instruction in strategic sectors during their junior year. The strategic sectors, developed from national critical technologies lists, represent areas of current strategic importance in the world economy. The sectors are biotechnology, energy, environment, engineering/manufacturing, information/knowledge management, telecommunications and health systems.


Concentration Requirements
Students are provided the opportunity to focus their program of study by taking four additional courses in a particular area of concentration. The current areas for a concentration are
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Environment
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Telecommunications
  • Health Systems
The option is also open for students to tailor their area of concentration with the help and approval of their adviser.

Senior Thesis/Project
This is the capstone experience of the senior year. Working as part of a team of students and interdisciplinary faculty, seniors will propose, develop, manage, analyze and report on a project that addresses some issue of interest within their concentration.


Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
First Semester Credit Hours
GISAT 141. Analytical Methods I 4
GISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology 3

7

Second Semester Credit Hours
GISAT 113. Issues in Science and Technology: Living Systems 3
ISAT 142. Analytical Methods II 3
ISAT 131. Connections I 2

8

Second Year
First Semester Credit Hours
ISAT 241. Analytical Methods III 3
ISAT 211. Issues in Modern Production 3
ISAT 231. Connections II 3

9

Second Semester Credit Hours
ISAT 242. Analytical Methods IV 3
ISAT 212. Energy Issues in Science and Technology 3
ISAT 300. Instrumentation and Measurement 3

9

Third Year
First Semester Credit Hours
ISAT Strategic Sector I 3
SAT Strategic Sector I Lab 1
ISAT Strategic Sector II 3
ISAT Strategic Sector III 3
ISAT Strategic Sector III Lab 1

11

Second Semester Credit Hours
ISAT Strategic Sector I 3
ISAT Strategic Sector II 3
ISAT Strategic Sector II Lab 1
ISAT Strategic Sector III 3
ISAT 491. Senior Thesis I 1

11

Fourth Year
First Semester Credit Hours
ISAT 492. Senior Thesis II 3
ISAT Concentration I 3
ISAT Concentration II 3

8

Second Semester Credit Hours
ISAT 493. Senior Thesis III 3
ISAT Concentration III 3
ISAT Concentration IV 3

9



Minor Requirements

Integrated Science and Technology Minor
The minor in ISAT mirrors the major in ISAT by having a breadth component and a depth component. The breadth component is satisfied through nine credit hours in Issues in Science and Technology and the Foundations of Instrumentation and Measurement. The depth component is satisfied through focused study in a concentration area requiring either nine or ten additional credit hours.

Students should note that many courses have ISAT prerequisites outside the minor (although equivalents to ISAT prerequisite courses will be accepted). In planning a sequence of courses for the minor, students are encouraged to meet with an ISAT adviser to ensure that all needed prerequisites will be taken in due course. In addition, before a student pursuing an ISAT minor can take any ISAT course, a grade equal to or higher than C- is required for all prerequisites for that course. The minimum requirements for the minor in ISAT follow.


Choose three courses from the following:
GISAT 112. Issues II-Environment
GISAT 113. Issues I-Living Systems
ISAT 211. Issues III-Modern Production
ISAT 212. Issues IV-Energy
ISAT 300. Foundations of Instrumentation and Measurement

Choose one of the following sequences:

Energy
ISAT 301. Energy Lab (one credit)
ISAT 310. Energy Fundamentals (three credits)
ISAT 311. Energy in Modern Society (three credits)

Environment
ISAT 302. Environmental Lab (one credit)
ISAT 320. Environmental Fundamentals (three credits)
ISAT 321. Environmental Projects (three credits)

Engineering and Manufacturing
ISAT 303. Engineering/Manufacturing Lab (one credit)
ISAT 330. Manufacturing Systems (three credits)
ISAT 331. Automation in Manufacturing (three credits)
Information and Knowledge Management
ISAT 340. Software Development (three credits)
ISAT 341. Knowledge Management (three credits)

Biotechnology
ISAT 305. Biotechnology Lab (one credit)
ISAT 350. Biotechnology for the New Millennium I (three credits)
ISAT 351. Biotechnology for the New Millennium II (three credits)

Telecommunications
SMAD 356. Telecommunications Policy and Regulation (three credits)
CIS 320. Telecommunications and Information Processing (three credits)
One additional three-credit Integrated Science and Technology course above ISAT 300


Materials Science Program Minor
The Department of Integrated Science and Technology is a major participant in the university’s Materials Science program. A minor is available in materials science. The materials science minor provides students with an opportunity to increase their research experience as well as develop multidisciplinary skills and knowledge in the science, engineering and application of materials.

Refer to the Interdisciplinary section of the catalog on Page 88 for the curriculum and requirements of the materials science minor.

Additional information about the materials science minor may be obtained from the Center for Materials Science in Room 3206 in the HHS Building, or by calling the director at 540-568-2723 or 540-568-8776, or through e-mail at taylorgr@jmu.edu

Environmental Information Systems Minor
The Department of Integrated Science and Technology is a major participant in the university’s Environmental Information Systems program. For more information on this minor, see "Interdisciplinary programs."

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Major
Students pursuing a major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at JMU may choose ISAT courses for the Science Content Area. The IDLS major is designed for students in the pre-professional education programs in Early/Elementary Education, Middle Education, and Special Education. Students in IDLS complete a 53-hour set of core courses before they begin a 21-hour set of upper-level courses. Students choosing ISAT complete 13 hours of ISAT core courses and then choose an ISAT Sector and a prerequisite course to complete the concentration.



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