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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography, Applied Geographic Information Science Concentration, B.S.

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Applied Geographic Information Science (AGIS) Concentration

JMU geography 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.

Geography, B.S. Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41-44 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3 Credit Hours
  • Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3-4 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements 46 Credit Hours
  • Electives 23-27 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours


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 Three  is strongly recommended, as is GEOG 200  in Cluster Four .

Major Requirements

Core Courses

Total: 46 Credit Hours


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

Additional Information

In addition to the geography core courses, students must choose a concentration, 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.

Applied Geographic Information Science Concentration Requirements

Required Courses

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

Choose nine credit hours from the following electives:

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

Cognate Course: 3 Credit Hours

(three credit hours selected from the following)

Total: 21 Credit Hours

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