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Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Geographic Science 

Program Coordinator: Dr. Mace Bentleybentleml@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-6260
Email: bentleml@jmu.edu
Website: http://www.gs.jmu.edu

Mission Statement

The mission of the faculty of the Geographic Science Program at JMU is to help students realize their abilities as geographers by focusing on the role of human beings in their relationship with the earth and with one another.  Our goal is to provide students with the intellectual and technical skills to synthesize information, become critical thinkers, and develop into more informed citizens, so they can have successful and rewarding careers. Through scholarship, teaching and service, the faculty in the Geographic Sciences Program are dedicated to bettering our community, nation and world.

Goals

Through the study of geography, students will:

  • Understand and properly use the terminology and concepts that are central to the discipline of geography, and explain how these concepts evolved over time.
  • Use effective, appropriate geospatial technologies to address questions about human interactions within the built or natural environments.
  • Be productive participants in research efforts aimed at measuring, describing, analyzing and explaining the underlying processes giving rise to geographic phenomena.
  • Work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Evaluate human-environment interactions from a holistic point of view that addresses geographic, as well as political, social, economic and ethical, factors affecting those interactions.
  • Demonstrate civic responsibility and appreciation for culture and physical diversity from local to global scales.

Career Opportunities

The geography major is divided into two concentration areas. Each of these offers a unique set of career opportunities.

Applied Geographic Information Science (AGIS) Concentration

JMU Geographic Science graduates with an AGIS concentration are prepared to gain professional employment with government and industry or go on to graduate programs. Public agencies where they find employment include local and regional planning agencies, mapping organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey, intelligence agencies such as the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and, also in the environmental science field with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies.

JMU AGIS graduates find opportunities in industry with companies such as ESRI, Digital Global, Lockheed, BAE Systems, Astrium, SAIC, Sanborn and many others.

Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development Concentration

Geographic Science graduates trained in resource analysis, environmental conservation and sustainable development find jobs with local, state and federal governments, non-profit organizations, and for-profit agencies.

Organizations hire geographers to work in environmental and land use planning, resource management (including hydrology, forestry, wildlife and soil conservation, and recreation management), area or regional specialties, international business, community development, and development of human and natural resources in foreign countries. Many geographic science graduates move on to graduate degrees (M.A., M.S. and Ph.D.) and become educators in higher education (community colleges and universities) or obtain higher level positions in both the private and public sector.

Private environmental organizations and consulting firms, as well as government agencies, hire students completing the environmental studies concentration at JMU. Principal employers include the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and non-profit organizations including the Nature Conservancy and Peace Corps. Particularly marketable for JMU Geographic Science graduates is the combination of experiences in the ECSD and AGIS concentrations.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Science

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education 1

            41

Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 2

            0-14

Philosophy course(s) (in addition to General Education courses)

            3

Major requirements

            53

Electives                                                                        

            18-22


            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. ISAT 251 for the math requirement in Cluster 3 is strongly recommended, as is GEOG 200 in Cluster 4.

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 Languages, Literatures and Cultures' placement test.

Major Requirements

Core Courses      

Credit Hours

Statistics (ISAT 251 or MATH 220)

            3

GEOG 210. Physical Geography

            4

GEOG 215.  Cartography and GIS

            3

GEOG 216. Earth Observation and GPS

            3

GEOG 230. Spatial Thinking and Problem Solving

            3

GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

            3

GEOG 290. Human Environment Interactions

            3

GEOG 305. History and Philosophy of Geography

            3

GEOG 390. Practicing Geographic Science

            1

Advanced Sequence

            6

GEOG 400-level (selected in consultation with the adviser)1 2

 

Concentration courses

            21


            53

1 For Honors students, the advanced sequence is GEOG 499 A. B and C.

2 Students may opt for a capstone experience that entails three or six hours of independent research (GEOG 490), with the approval of and in close consultation with a project adviser.

In addition to the geography core courses, students must choose one of two concentrations, listed in the “Concentrations” section. All courses for the major must be taken on a graded basis. Students must earn a “C” or better in each of the core courses as they are prerequisites to most concentration courses.

Bachelor of Science in Geographic Science

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education 1

            41-44

Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)            

            3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3-4

Major requirements

            53

Electives

            18-22


            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. ISAT 251 for the math requirement in Cluster 3 is strongly recommended, as is GEOG 200 in Cluster 4.

Major Requirements

Core Courses      

Credit Hours

Statistics (ISAT 251 or MATH 220)

            3

GEOG 210. Physical Geography

            4

GEOG 215.  Cartography and GIS

            3

GEOG 216. Earth Observation and GPS

            3

GEOG 230. Spatial Thinking and Problem Solving

            3

GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

            3

GEOG 290. Human Environment Interactions

            3

GEOG 305. History and Philosophy of Geography

            3

GEOG 390. Practicing Geographic Science

            1

Advanced Sequence

            6

GEOG 400-level (Selected in consultation with the adviser)1, 2

           

Concentration courses

            21


            53

1 For Honors students, the advanced sequence is GEOG 499 A, B and C.

2 Students may opt for a capstone experience that entails three or six hours of independent research (GEOG 490), with the approval of and in close consultation with a project adviser.

In addition to the geography core courses, students must choose one of two concentrations, listed in the “Concentrations” section. All courses for the major must be taken on a graded basis. Students must earn a “C” or better in each of the core courses as they are prerequisites to most concentration courses.

Concentrations

Applied Geographic Information Science Concentration

In addition to the geography core requirements, students in the AGIS concentration must complete the following course work.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

GEOG 365. Geography and Geospatial Visualization

            3

GEOG 366. Introduction to Geographic Information Science

            3

GEOG 385. Principles of Remote Sensing

            3

Choose nine credit hours from the following electives: 1

            9

GEOG 406. Forest Inventory: A Geospatial Approach

           

GEOG 465. Topics in GIS (3 credits)

           

GEOG 466. GIS and Geographic Databases (3 credits)

           

GEOG 467. GIS Project Management (3 credits)

           

GEOG 468. Internet Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)

           

GEOG 469. Applications of GIS (3 credits)

           

GEOG 485. Processing Remotely Sensed Data (3 credits)

           

GEOG 486. High Resolution Imagery (3 credits)

           

GEOG 490. Senior Research

           

GEOG 491. International Studies

           

GEOG 495. Internship in Geography

           

GEOG 497. Independent Study

           

Cognate course (three credit hours selected from the following):

            3

GEOG 200. Geography: The Global Dimension

           

GEOG 300. Population Geography

           

GEOG/HUMN 301. Introduction to Natural Disasters

           

GEOG 310. Environmental Issues

           

GEOG 311. Endangered Environments

           

GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography

           

GEOG 320. Human Dimensions of Global Change

           

GEOG 322. Agricultural Systems

           

GEOG 323. The Geography of Human Genetics, Infectious Diseases and Diet

           

GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics

           

GEOG 327. Climatology

           

GEOG 329. Global Climate Change

           

GEOG 331. Geography of Virginia

           

GEOG 332. Geography of Europe

           

GEOG 333. Geography of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

           

GEOG 334. Geography of East Asia

           

GEOG 335. Geography of Africa

           

GEOG 336. Environmental Hazards: Focus on Southeast Asia

           

GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America

           

GEOG 338. Geography of the Philippine Islands

           

GEOG 339. Geography of the Caribbean

           

GEOG 340. Biogeography

           

GEOG 341. Wilderness Techniques

           

GEOG 342. Management and Protection of Natural Resources

           

GEOG 343. Wildlife Management

           

GEOG 344. Economic Geography and Development Issues

           

GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty

           

GEOG 350. Topics in Geography

           

GEOG/HUMN 360. GIS for Humanitarian Assistance

           

GEOG 375. Political Geography

           

GEOG 376. Urban Geography

           

GEOG 380. Cultural Geography

           

GEOG/BIO 402. Forest Ecology

           

GEOG 410. Geography and Film

           

GEOG 415. Environment, Landscape and Culture

           

GEOG 427. Water Resources of the World

           

GEOG/ISAT 429. Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective

           

GEOG 430. Geography of Crop Plants

           

GEOG 440. Global Biodiversity

           

GEOG 470. Senior Seminar in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development

           

GEOG 476. Sustainable Cities Seminar

           

ISAT 425. Environmental Hydrology

           

ISAT 473. Local Agriculture and Farm Internships

           


            21

1 Courses from the ISAT program, the Department of Computer Science and the College of Business may be used as electives, as approved by the GS program operations coordinator.

Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development Concentration

The environmental conservation, sustainability and development (ECSD) concentration focuses on the geographical contexts within which people and places interact. Required and elective course work allows students to explore spatial and temporal patterning between human communities and the natural environment at multiple scales. The curriculum addresses global issues such as global climate change and globalization; environment and human interactions including political, economic, physical and ethical factors; human and ecological aspects of sustainable development; natural resource management including energy, forests, wildlife and biodiversity; cultural ecology; regional geography and population issues.

In addition to the geography core requirements, students in the environmental conservation, sustainability and development concentration must complete the following course work.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Senior seminar course, selected from the following:

            3

GEOG 410. Geography and Film

           

GEOG 415. Environment, Landscape and Culture

           

GEOG 427. Water Resources of the World

           

GEOG 429. Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective

           

GEOG 440. Global Biodiversity

           

GEOG 470. Senior Seminar in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development

           

GEOG 476. Sustainable Cities Seminar

           

GEOG 491. International Studies

           

ECSD Electives 

            15

Cognate course

            3


            21

Students select four courses from the list below. These 300-level courses are identified on the concentration form, which will be reviewed and approved by the student's academic adviser.

ECSD Electives

GEOG 200. Geography: The Global Dimension

GEOG 300. Population Geography

GEOG/HUMN 301. Introduction to Natural Disasters

GEOG 310. Environmental Issues

GEOG 311. Endangered Environments

GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography

GEOG 320. Human Dimensions of Global Change

GEOG 322. Agricultural Systems

GEOG 323. The Geography of Human Genetics, Infectious Diseases and Diet

GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics

GEOG 327. Climatology

GEOG 329. Global Climate Change

GEOG 331. Geography of Virginia

GEOG 332. Geography of Europe

GEOG 333. Geography of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

GEOG 334. Geography of East Asia

GEOG 335. Geography of Africa

GEOG 336. Environmental Hazards: A Focus on Southeast Asia

GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America

GEOG 338. Geography of the Philippine Islands

GEOG 339. Geography of the Caribbean

GEOG 340. Biogeography

GEOG 341. Wilderness Techniques

GEOG 342. Management and Protection of Natural Resources

GEOG 343. Wildlife Management

GEOG 344. Economic Geography and Development Issues

GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty

GEOG 348. Indigenous Geographies

GEOG 350. Topics in Geography

GEOG/HUMN 360. GIS for Humanitarian Assistance

GEOG 375. Political Geography

GEOG 376. Urban Geography

GEOG 380. Cultural Geography

GEOG/BIO 402. Forest Ecology

GEOG 406. Forest Inventory: A Geospatial Approach

GEOG 410. Geography and Film

GEOG 415. Environment, Landscape and Culture

GEOG 427. Water Resources of the World

GEOG/ISAT 429. Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective

GEOG 430. Geography of Crop Plants

GEOG 440. Global Biodiversity

GEOG 470. Senior Seminar in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development

GEOG 476. Sustainable Cities Seminar

GEOG 490. Senior Research

GEOG 491. International Studies

GEOG 495. Internship in Geography

GEOG 497. Independent Study

ISAT 425. Environmental Hydrology

ISAT 473. Local Agriculture and Farm Internships

Cognate course (three credit hours selected from the following):

GEOG 365. Cartography and Geospatial Visualization

GEOG 366. Introduction to Geographic Information Science

GEOG 385. Principles of Remote Sensing

In consultation with the academic adviser, a student may select one non-geographic science course as an elective.

Minor Requirements

Geographic Science Minor

The minor in geographic science consists of the following courses for a total of not less than 19 credit hours.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

GEOG 210. Physical Geography

            4

GEOG 215. Geospatial Tools I – Cartography and GIS

            3

GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

            3

Three additional geographic science courses

            9-12


            19-22

Integrated Science and Technology

Director: Dr. Amanda Bieseckerbiesecag@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-2730

Coordinator for Students: Mr. Paul W. Henricksen, henrikpw@jmu.edu 
Phone: (540) 568-2755
Location: ISAT Building, Room 121
Website: http://www.isat.jmu.edu

Mission Statement

The Integrated Science and Technology Bachelors Program prepares graduates to excel in a complex, technological world by empowering them to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners able to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to scientific and technological challenges with sensitivity to social, ethical and global considerations.

The foundational concept of the ISAT Program, which distinguishes it from other science and technology based programs, is its integration of multiple disciplines within a student’s four-year course of study. The unique integrative character of the program is carried by the curriculum content, pedagogy, and departmental culture.

Goals

We measure our success by achieving the following ten goals. ISAT graduates will be able to:

  • Apply and integrate mathematics, physical science, biological science, and technology.
  • Apply sound experimental methodology.
  • Understand the professional requirements for the acquisition and use of information and data.
  • Work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Solve technological problems and understand their societal implications.
  • Understand and apply the principles of professional ethics.
  • Communicate effectively on social, scientific and technical matters.
  • Analyze science and technology within broader global, political, economic and social contexts.
  • Become autonomous, self-directed learners who recognize the need for lifelong learning.
  • Use the computer as an effective problem-solving tool.
  • Examine a problem and assemble the tools and knowledge needed to solve it.

Career Opportunities

The ISAT major prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers because of the breadth of science, technology, economic, and societal studies coupled with the integrative, problem-solving focus of the program. The program prepares students for a professional career and the majority of students enter the workforce upon graduation. However, a significant number choose to continue their education through a variety of graduate programs.

ISAT graduates have successfully built careers over a wide range of professions. Examples include technical and operational consulting, biotech lab research, network reliability and security improvement, energy and environmental policy development, information management, renewable energy development, manufacturing process development, and environmental management.

Some graduates start their own businesses, some work in small start-ups involved with new technology applications while others work in Fortune 500 companies. Graduates have also chosen to start their careers in other directions including government agencies, Peace Corps and other forms of public service, education, and politics.

Students who choose graduate studies have a wide range of options. ISAT graduates have successfully completed graduate studies in areas such as engineering, business, microbiology, environment, computer science, law, and medicine. The flexibility of the ISAT program allows students to select appropriate elective courses as they prepare for the graduate program of their choice.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • ISAT Honor Society
  • Environmental Management, JMU Student Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association
  • Association for Facilities Engineering, JMU Student Chapter
  • Virginia Biotechnology Association, JMU Student Chapter
  • Society of Automotive Engineers International, JMU Student Chapter
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineering, JMU Student Chapter
  • IEEE Computer Society, JMU Student Chapter
  • Armed Force Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), JMU Student Chapter
  • American Wind Energy Association, JMU Student Chapter

Program Accreditation

The ISAT Bachelor’s degree program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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 ISAT 151, ISAT 152, and ISAT 251.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Issues in Science and Technology I-V

            17

Social Context of Technology and Science

            6

Analytical Methods I-V

            17

Strategic Sectors/Concentration

            31-33

Senior Thesis/Project

            6

General Education courses and electives1

            42-44


            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 Bachelor of Science degree in integrated science and technology produces a graduate broadly acquainted with basic science, technology and social science. 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, internet networking and security, 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 that include applied biotechnology, energy, environmental studies, engineering and manufacturing, information and knowledge management, and telecommunications, networking, and security. 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.

First Year Student and Sophomore Courses

Issues in Science and Technology

This sequence of five 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, internet networking and security, and energy.

Social Context of Technology and Science

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

Analytical Methods

This sequence of five 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, knowledge-based systems, and instrumentation and measurement.

Junior and Senior Courses

Strategic Sectors in Science and Technology

Students complete 19-21 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 applied biotechnology, energy, environment, engineering/manufacturing, information/knowledge management and telecommunications, networking, and security.

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:

  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Environment
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Telecommunications, Networking, and Security

Students also have the option to tailor their area of concentration with the help of their adviser and the approval of the ISAT program director.

Senior Capstone Project

This is the capstone experience of the senior year. Working as part of a team of students and cross disciplinary faculty, seniors will propose, develop, manage, analyze and report on a project that addresses a real-world problem.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Fall Semester     

Credit Hours

ISAT 101. ISAT First Year Student Seminar

            1

ISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology

            4

ISAT 151. Topics in Applied Calculus in ISAT

            4


            9

 

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

ISAT 113. Biotechnology Issues in Science and Technology

            4

ISAT 131. Technology, Science and Society

            3

ISAT 152. Topics in Applied Physics in ISAT

            4


            11

Second Year

Fall Semester     

Credit Hours

ISAT 211. Modern Production Issues in Science and Technology

            3

ISAT 215. Issues in Telecommunications, Networking and Security

            3

ISAT 231. Political Economy of Technology and Science

            3

ISAT 251. Topics in Applied Statistics in ISAT

            3


            12

 

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

ISAT 212. Energy Issues in Science and Technology

            3

ISAT 252. Programming and Problem Solving

            3

ISAT 253. Instrumentation and Measurement in ISAT

            3


            9

Third Year

Fall Semester     

Credit Hours

ISAT Strategic Sector I

            3

ISAT Strategic Sector I Lab

            1

ISAT Strategic Sector II

            3

ISAT Strategic Sector III

            3

ISAT Strategic Sector III Lab

            1


            11

 

Spring 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 Capstone Project I

            1


            11

Fourth Year

Fall Semester     

Credit Hours

ISAT 492. Senior Capstone Project II

            2

ISAT Concentration I

            3

ISAT Concentration II

            3


            8

 

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

ISAT 493. Senior Capstone Project III

            3

ISAT Concentration III

            3

ISAT Concentration IV

            3


            9

Integrated Science and Technology Major with Pre-health Preparation

Students majoring in ISAT desiring to prepare for higher education in health careers (dentistry, optometry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary) may waive some required ISAT courses if they take equivalent courses required by the pre-health programs.

Required Courses for Pre-Health  

ISAT Courses Waived

BIO 114BIO 214

ISAT 113

CHEM 131CHEM 132

ISAT 112

PHYS (140150) or (240250)

ISAT 152, ISAT 212

MATH 205235 or 231

ISAT 151

MATH 220

ISAT 251

These equivalencies are not generally granted outside of a pre-health preparation program. Students who begin a preparation but do not finish it may be able to have some of the courses waived. Contact Paul Henriksen, Coordinator for Students, for more information.

Minor Requirements

Integrated Science and Technology Minor

The minor in ISAT mirrors the major 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.

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 ISAT foundation courses that are prerequisites for another required ISAT foundation course.

The minimum requirements for the minor in ISAT are as follows:

Courses

Credit Hours

Choose three courses from the following:

            9-10

ISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology

           

ISAT 113. Biotechnology Issues in Science and Technology

           

ISAT 211. Modern Production Issues in Science and Technology

           

ISAT 212. Energy Issues in Science and Technology

           

ISAT 253. Instrumentation and Measurement in ISAT

           

Choose one of the following sequences:

            6-8

Energy (7 credits)

           

ISAT 301. Instrumentation and Measurement in Energy (1 credit)

           

ISAT 310. Energy Fundamentals I (3 credits)

           

ISAT 311. Role of Energy in Modern Society (3 credits)

           

Environment (8 credits)

           

ISAT 302. Instrumentation and Measurement of the Environment (1 credit)

           

ISAT 320. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology I (4 credits)

           

ISAT 321. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology II (3 credits)

           

Engineering and Manufacturing (7 credits)

           

ISAT 303. Instrumentation and Measurement in Engineering and Manufacturing (1 credit)

           

ISAT 330. Manufacturing Systems: Techniques and Technologies (3 credits)

           

ISAT 331. Automation in Manufacturing (3 credits)

           

Information and Knowledge Management (6 credits)

           

ISAT 340. Software Development (3 credits)

           

ISAT 341. Modeling and Simulation (3 credits)

           

Applied Biotechnology (7 credits)

           

ISAT 305. Instrumentation and Measurement in Biotechnology (1 credit)

           

ISAT 350. Biotechnology for the New Millennium I (3 credits)

           

ISAT 351. Biotechnology for the New Millennium II (3 credits)

           

Telecommunications, Networking, and Security (7 credits)

           

ISAT 360. Introduction to Networking and Security (3 credits)

           

ISAT 361. Fundamentals of Data Communications and Networking II (3 credits)

           

ISAT 306. Instrumentation and Measurement in Data Communications and Networking (1 credit)

           

One additional Integrated Science and Technology course

            3

at the 300 or 400 level

           


            18-21

Intelligence Analysis

Director: Noel Hendricksonhendrinx@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-8941
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/ia

Mission Statement

The IA program will equip students to evaluate data from diverse sources and objectively assess the most significant implications for decision-making in a way that goes beyond other existing estimates of the situation and its significance using an integrated skill set in cognitive, computational, contextual and communicative methods, exemplify the character traits that define an effective and ethical analyst and employ the conceptual understanding of the underlying theoretical frameworks necessary to adapt and apply these methods to any type of problem.

The IA program’s core values are versatility, real-world relevance, methodological sophistication, academic rigor, intellectual community, ethical and professional practice, and external engagement

Career Opportunities

IA students can find employment in an array of government agencies (both civilian and military), federal contracting and consulting firms, select U.S. and multinational corporations, and state and local law enforcement.

Admission to Intelligence Analysis

Currently Enrolled Students

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to the intelligence analysis major. The IA program will strive to accommodate all interested students who adopt IA upon admission to JMU or who change soon after in its first three required courses during the fall semester of sophomore year. The size of the cohort will be limited beyond that semester.

To be eligible to apply for full admission to the major, students must complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:

  • IA 200. Introduction to National Security Intelligence
  • IA 240. Technology Applications in a Networked World
  • IA 261. Hypothesis Testing
  • MATH 220. or ISAT 251. Statistics

Students will be admitted on the competitive basis of their combined performance in the first semester’s three required IA courses.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must also take the three required courses during their fall semester, as these courses are not offered in the spring. It is recommended that transfer students talk with an IA adviser regarding the selection of a minor that can be useful for the major if they begin during spring semester.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Intelligence Analysis

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education1

            41

Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3-4

IA foundations and core courses

            45

IA concentration courses

            12

Electives

            22


            120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill.

 

General Education Courses             

Credit Hours

Cluster One

            9

Cluster Two (REL 101 recommended)

            9

Cluster Three (ISAT 251 or MATH 220 required)

            10

Cluster Four (POSC 200 or POSC 225 recommended)

            7

Cluster Five (PSYC 101 recommended)

            6


            41

IA Foundation and Core Courses

Foundation and Core Courses        

Credit Hours

IA Foundation Courses

            18

IA 200. Introduction to National Security Intelligence

           

IA 210. Introduction to Global Competitive Intelligence

           

IA 400. Cognitive Science and Information Analysis

           

IA 405. Ethics, Law and Information Analysis

           

IA 440. Seminar in Information Analysis

           

IA 450. Capstone Project in Information Analysis

           

Technology and Tools Core Courses

            15

IA 240. Technology Applications in a Networked World

           

IA 241. Introduction to Programming and Data Science

           

IA 340. Data Mining, Modeling and Knowledge Discovery

           

IA 341. System Dynamics Modeling, Simulation and Analysis

           

IA 342. Visualization Methods, Technologies and Tools for Information Analysis

           

Advanced Critical Thinking in Intelligence Core Courses

            12

IA 261. Hypothesis Testing

           

IA/PHIL 312. Causal Analysis

           

IA/PHIL 313. Counterfactual Reasoning

           

IA/PHIL 314. Strategy Assessment

           


            45

Concentrations

Students must complete either the national security concentration or the competitive intelligence concentration. With the approval of an IA adviser, students may, in special cases, design their own custom concentration of four 300-level or above courses that fit together thematically and support the educational objectives of the IA program.

National Security

To complete this concentration, students must take four of the following courses. IA 480 may be repeated multiple times toward this requirement if it has a different topic each time.

National Security Courses              

Credit Hours

Choose four of the following

            12

IA 363. Apocalypiticm, Religious Terrorism and Peace

            

IA 459. Awareness and Understanding of Chemical, Biological and Radiological Weapons

            

IA 460. All Hazards Response and Management Systems

            

IA 480. Selected Topics in Intelligence Analysis

            

GEOG 375. Political Geography

            

One course approved by an IA program adviser

            


            12

Competitive Intelligence

To complete this concentration, 12 credits must be selected from either computer information systems perspective courses or global economics perspective courses.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Computer Information Systems Perspective Courses1

            9

CIS 304. Information Technology Enterprise Integration

           

CIS 330. Database Design and Application

           

CIS 454. Systems Analysis and Design

           

Select one of the following:

            3

CIS 424. Computer Security Management

           

CIS 463. Business Intelligence

           

CIS 411. Computer Forensics for Business

           

Other 300-level or above CIS course approved by an IA adviser

           


            12

1 IA majors seeking to complete the computer information systems perspective version of the concentration must meet all the CIS minor program requirements.  Consult with the CIS minor program regarding what requirements must be fulfilled to take these CIS courses.

OR

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Global Economic Perspective Courses

            6

ECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics

           

ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)

           

Select two of the following:

            6

ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems

           

ECON 327. Game Theory

           

ECON 365. Economic Development

           

ECON 370. International Trade and Trade Policies

           

ECON 372. International Finance and Payments

           

Other 300-level or above ECON course approved by an IA adviser

           


            12

 

Additional IA Courses, Requirements and Recommendations

IA 280. Selected Projects in Information Analysis (not a required course)

IA 480. Selected Topics in Information Analysis (not a required course)

ISAT 251. Analytic Methods III: Introduction to Statistical Reasoning and Data Analysis

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

These are General Education Cluster Three courses required for the IA major. They will be recorded as General Education, not IA, credits. All IA majors will be encouraged to do a not-for-credit internship in intelligence analysis.

Cross Disciplinary Major and Minor Programs

ISAT participates in several cross disciplinary programs. These include a major in biotechnology and minors in: