Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Information Systems Minor

Steven P. Frysinger, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-2710
Email: frysinsp@jmu.edu
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/EnvironmentalInfoSys

The cross disciplinary minor in environmental information systems is designed for undergraduates interested in using computer and information management technology to solve environmental problems and improve environmental stewardship. Some examples of environmental information systems are database systems to track and report hazardous materials in factories, decision support systems to facilitate risk analysis and management, GIS-based natural resource inventory systems and automated business management systems to support and document environmental compliance.

The environmental information systems minor requires a minimum of 25 credit hours2. Core courses are intended to ensure knowledge of the foundation disciplines. Electives should be chosen in consideration of the student’s particular interests within the general field of environmental information systems; the coordinator may approve other elective courses. Students are advised to check prerequisites of listed courses.

Required Courses

Total: 25 Credit Hours


1 Or equivalent by permission of director.

2 Students who have successfully completed ISAT 320  prior to fall 2016 will receive 3 credits for ISAT 320 ; if that is the case, the environmental information systems minor requires a minimum of 24 credit hours.


ISAT 252  or CIS 221  substitute for CS 149 ; CIS 331  substitutes for CS 159 CS 374  substitutes for ISAT 340 CIS 330  substitutes for CS 374 .