Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

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

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, Maxar, Lockheed, BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, Sanborn and many others.


Geography, B.A. Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
  • Philosophy course(s) (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements 46 Credit Hours
  • Electives 16-30 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 .
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

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:

Up to one concentration-related course from another program may be used as an elective with the approval of the student’s adviser.

Cognate Course: 3 Credit Hours

Select three credit hours from the following:

Total: 21 Credit Hours