Center for Geographic Information Science

Dr. Joseph D. Enedy, Director

Professors

Enedy, Gustafson

Associate Professors

Gentile, Kraenzle, Wright

Assistant Professor

M. Kimsey

Course Descriptions: Geography and Interscience Research

The Center for Geographic Information Science offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in geography. A minor is also offered.

The geography major leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The major permits and promotes supporting study or minors in economics, international business, history, political science, language, geology, biology, environmental studies, mathematics and computer science. Core requirements of the major reinforce the foundational skills fostered by the liberal studies program. While writing skills are emphasized throughout, special writing experiences are included in GEOG 191, 192, 280, 315, 490, 495 and 499. Oral communications experience and skills receive attention within courses such as GEOG 192 and 315. An increasing use of computer-based technology in the study of geography exposes all students to technology and software in GEOG 215, 285 and 301 as well as electives such as GEOG 185, 302, 303 and 485. Ability to access informational sources such as libraries, indexes and databases are an integral component in GEOG 192, 215 and 285, as well as any of the research courses (e.g., GEOG 490 and 499). Finally, all graduates participate in a formal course designed to integrate the skills and content of geography through research, internship or an international study experience under faculty supervision.

Upon completion of the core requirements, the major is encouraged to combine course work and external experiences to satisfy career objectives. The student can plan concentrated study in areas such as environmental studies, geographic information systems, natural resource management, cartography, imagery analysis, geographic education and area studies.

An additional feature of the geography program is the internship option available to students in their senior year. Through these internships students are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have accumulated; gain practical experience; test career options; refine skills; and assess personal strengths and weaknesses.

The department offers credit by examination for GEOG 120, 136 and 280. Students who want permission to take the exam must apply to the center director. Students will receive details and dates of the exam with their application.

Major in Geography

In addition to university degree requirements for graduation, a major in geography requires 34 credit hours of geography. Courses for the B.A. degree include

Credit
Hours
GEOG 136. Geography of North America 3
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography 1
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar 1
GEOG 210. Physical Geography 4
GEOG 215. Map Reading and Interpretation 3
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography 1 3
GEOG 295. Population Geography 3
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography 3
Choose one regional elective from the following: 3
GEOG 335. Geography of Africa
GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America
GEOG 346. Geography of Europe
GEOG 348. Geography of U.S.S.R.
GEOG 349. Geography of East Asia
Geography electives 11
35

The B.S. degree requires completion of courses which include

Credit
Hours
GEOG 136. Geography of North America 3
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography 1
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar 1
GEOG 210. Physical Geography 4
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography 1 3
GEOG 285. Aerial Photograph Interpretation 4
GEOG 301. Cartography 4
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography 3
Geography electives 11
34

1 GEOG 280 cannot be applied to the liberal studies social science requirement.

Minor in Geography

The minor in geography consists of 18 credit hours approved by the student's geography adviser.

Initial Secondary Teaching License

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements in geography, students desiring secondary teaching licensure in geography must complete the following as part of their program:

Credit
Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education 3
(junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year) 3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year) 1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom 1
Management (senior year)
HTH 370. The School Health Program 2
(any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the 3
Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child 1
(sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the 1
Content Areas (senior year)
SEED 371H. Clinical Techniques, Social Studies 3
Education Methods (normally in first semester of senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in 3
Secondary Education (normally in first semester
of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year) 12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students 1
in Regular Classes (senior year)
A course in basic economics 3

1 PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.

It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrollment in professional education courses. See pages 147-148 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with an education adviser.

Major in Geography (B.A. Degree)

Credit
Freshman Year Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 6
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography 1
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar 1
GEOG 210. Physical Geography 4
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
Liberal studies courses 12
Natural science courses (geology recommended) 6
33
Credit
Sophomore Year Hours
GEOG 136. Geography of North America 3
GEOG 215. Map Reading and Interpretation 3
GEOG 295. Population Geography 3
Foreign language courses 1 8
Liberal studies courses 8
Mathematics course 3
Electives 6
34
Credit
Junior Year Hours
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography 3
Geography electives 11
Liberal studies courses 6
Electives 8
28
Credit
Senior Year Hours
Electives 31

1 See foreign language requirements for B.A. degree.

Major in Geography (B.S. Degree)

Credit
Freshman Year Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 6
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography 1
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar 1
GEOG 210. Physical Geography 4
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
Liberal studies courses 9
Natural science courses (geology recommended) 6
30
Credit
Sophomore Year Hours
GEOG 136. Geography of North America 3
GEOG 285. Aerial Photograph Interpretation 4
GEOG 301. Cartography 4
Liberal studies courses 11
Mathematics courses 6
Electives 3
31
Credit
Junior Year Hours
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography 3
Geography electives 11
Liberal studies courses 6
Electives 8
28
Credit
Senior Year Hours
Electives 31

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University