Nov 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Integrated Sciences

Stephanie Stockwell, Co-Director
Phone: (540) 568-8980

Henry Way, Co-Director
Phone: (540) 568-2740

Location: EnGeo 2122

K. Altaii, C. Bachmann, M. Bentley, Z. Bortolot, R. Brent, C. J. Brodrick-Hartman, J. Coffman, S. Frysinger, A. Goodall, N. Hendrickson, M. Kimsey, C. Klevickis, R. Kolvoord, H. Kraenzle, S. Marrin, D. McGraw, J. Miles, C. Nash, M. Papadakis, R. Raab, A. Sanson, J. Spindel, J. Tang, A. Teate, W. Teel, L. Thomas, M. Afzal Upal, H. Way

Associate Professors
D. Bonsal, S. Conley, O. Danzell, J. Davis, R. MacDonald, G. Murton, R. Simmons, S. Stockwell, X. Wei, E. York, K. Yurco, H. Zhang

Assistant Professors
P. Baxter, M. Bayrakci Boz, T. Gerken, W. Hu, C. Li, G. Pili,  J. Robinson,  X. Tang, R. Zaini

Visiting Assistant Professors
 K. Metta, N. Plachta, J. Stoltzfus

P. Henriksen

Cross Disciplinary Major and Minor Programs

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


Director: Zachary Bortolot
Phone: (540) 568-6343

Adviser: Kimberly Robinson
Phone: (540) 568-6199
Location: EnGeo 2108


The Geography Program empowers, inspires and motivates students to become competent critical thinkers who will prepare for lifelong learning, respond to intellectual challenges with interest, excitement and competence, and see themselves as global citizens actively involved in the world around them. The geography program prepares students who are confident in their abilities as geographers. Graduates have the skills to make a professional contribution to the field, and to compete in graduate programs and the job market. They are highly qualified for careers in research and development and are equipped for long-term success as professionals in the field of geography.

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.
  • Effectively use appropriate geospatial technologies to address questions about human interactions within the built and 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 cultural and physical diversity from local to global scales.

Career Opportunities

Geography majors achieve career success in many areas. Recent graduates have become environmental scientists and specialists, geographic information scientists and technologists, urban and regional planners, international development specialists, geospatial intelligence analysts, forest and wildlife managers and conservationists, and climatologists and meteorologists.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Geography Club
  • Gama Theta Upsilon (International Geographical Honor Society)
  • U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation accredited Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Program

Integrated Science and Technology

Director: Christopher Bachmann
Phone: (540) 568-2735

Coordinator for Students: Paul W. Henriksen
Phone: (540) 568-2755
Location: King 321

Mission Statement

The Integrated Science and Technology Bachelors Program prepares graduates to excel in a complex technological world. Our curriculum empowers students to provide globally responsible multi-disciplinary solutions to important problems with sensitivity to social and ethical complexities.

The foundational concepts of the ISAT program, which distinguishes it from other science- and technology-based programs, is its integration of multiple disciplines by focusing on problem-solving and systems thinking. The unique integrative character of the program is carried by the curriculum content, pedagogy and departmental culture.


We measure our success by achieving the following goals.

ISAT graduates will be able to do the following:

  • 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 program prepares students for an agile professional career. ISAT graduates are technological problem solvers, clear and confident communicators, and experienced collaborators. This combination of hard and soft skills provides a framework for success in a wide variety of rapidly changing fields. Examples include careers in data science and machine learning, renewable energy, remote sensing, technical and operational consulting, research and development, regulation and policy, advanced manufacturing, and environmental management.

The majority of ISAT students are employed in the public or private sectors following graduation. Some graduates pursue advanced degrees in areas such as nanotechnology, materials science, system dynamics, engineering, business, sustainability, computer science and public policy.

The flexibility of the ISAT program allows students to select courses that inspire and strategically prepare them for the careers or graduate programs of their choice.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • ISAT Honor Society (IHS)
  • Environmental Management, JMU Student Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association
  • Association for Facilities Engineering, JMU Student Chapter
  • Virginia Biotechnology Association (VaBio), JMU Student Chapter
  • Society of Automotive Engineers International, 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
  • Collaboration for Environment, Health and Safety (CEHS)

Program Accreditation

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

Intelligence Analysis

Director: Stephen Marrin
Phone: (540) 568-2746          

Adviser: Kimberly Robinson
Phone: (540) 568-6199
Location: EnGeo 2108

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Science degree in Intelligence Analysis provides a multi-disciplinary education for students who seek careers as analysts, with a specialization in intelligence analysis. The degree integrates knowledge from a variety of academic disciplines (philosophy, history, political science, technology, business) and combines that with professionally oriented knowledge and skills. Students learn innovative ways to structure their thinking to assess complex real-world problems, along with how technology can be employed to acquire data, evaluate that data, and communicate it effectively to others.

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

Information on admission to the major may be found on the individual program page: Intelligence Analysis, B.S.