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Environmental Information Systems Minor

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

The interdisciplinary minor in environmental information systems is designed for undergraduates interested in using computer and information management technology to solve environmental problems and improve environmental stewardship. Some examples of environmental information systems are database systems to track and report hazardous materials in factories, decision support systems to facilitate risk analysis and management, GIS-based natural resource inventory systems, and automated business management systems to support and document environmental compliance.

The environmental information systems minor requires a minimum of 24 credit hours. Core courses are intended to ensure knowledge of the foundation disciplines. Electives should be chosen in consideration of the student’s particular interests within the general field of environmental information systems. At least one elective course must be outside of the student’s major. Students are advised to check prerequisites of listed courses.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Core Courses

CS 139. Algorithm Development 1

4

CS 274. Introduction to Databases1

3

GEOG 366. Geographic Information Science1

4

ISAT 320. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology I

3

ISAT 321. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology II

3
Elective Courses

CIS/MS 363. Simulation1

3

CIS/MS 483. Strategic Decision Making

3

CS 239. Advanced Computer Programming

4

CS 474. Database Design and Application

3

GEOG 230. Quantitative Methods in Geography

3

GEOG 245. Global Positioning Systems

3

GEOG 265. Thematic Cartography

4

GEOG 385. Remote Sensing of the Environment

4

GEOG 466. Managing GIS and Geographic Databases

4

ISAT 420. Environmental Analysis and Modeling

3

ISAT 426. Environmental Information Systems

3

 
24

1Or equivalent by permission of director. Note that:

ISAT 242 substitutes for CS 139
ISAT 340 substitutes for CS 274
ISAT 341 substitutes for CIS 363