James Madison University

Applied Geographic Information Science Concentration (AGIS)

Applied Geographic Information Science (AGIS) Concentration

JMU geographic science graduates with an AGIS concentration have been able to gain professional employment with government and industry or to go on to graduate programs. Public agencies where they have found employment include local and regional planning agencies, mapping organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, intelligence agencies such as the CIA, 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 concentrators have also found opportunities in industry with companies such as Earth Satellite Corporation, GeoEye, Lockheed, SPOT Image, Logicom, SAIC, Sanborn, Booz-Allen Hamilton and many others.

In addition to the Geography Core requirements, students in the AGIS Concentration must complete the following coursework.

AGIS Concentration Requirements

Required Courses


Credit Hours

GEOG 365

Cartography and Geospatial Visualization


GEOG 366

Geographic Information Science


GEOG 385

Principles of Remote Sensing


AGIS Elective Courses (Choose 9 credit hours from the following)

Elective Courses


Credit Hours

GEOG 465

Topics in GIS


GEOG 466

GIS and Geographic Databases


GEOG 467

GIS Project Management


GEOG 468

Internet Geographic Information Systems


GEOG 469

Applications of GIS


GEOG 485

Processing Remotely Sensed Data


GEOG 486

High Resolution Imagery


Cognate course (3 credit hours selected from one of the following)



GEOG 300

Population Geography

GEOG 310

Environmental Issues

GEOG 311

Endangered Environments

GEOG 315

Field Studies

GEOG 320

Human Dimensions of Global Change

GEOG 322

Agricultural Systems

GEOG 325

Environmental Ethics

GEOG 327


GEOG 331

Geography of Virginia

GEOG 332

Geography of Europe

GEOG 333

Geography of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

GEOG 334

Geography of East Asia

GEOG 335

Geography of Africa

GEOG 336

Geography of North America

GEOG 337

Geography of Latin America

GEOG 338

Geography of the Philippines

GEOG 339           

Geography of Caribbean

GEOG 340


GEOG 341

Wilderness Techniques

GEOG 342

Management and Protection of Natural Resources

GEOG 343

Wildlife Management

GEOG 344

Economic Geography and Development Issues

GEOG 345

Geography of Poverty

GEOG 350

Topics in Geography

GEOG 375

Political Geography

GEOG 376

Urban Geography

GEOG 380           

Cultural Geography

GEOG 407           

Forest Ecology

GEOG 429           

Sustainability in Ecological Perspective

ISAT 425

Environmental Hydrology

Courses from the ISAT program, the Department of Computer Science and the College of Business may be used as electives, as approved by the GS Program Director.

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  • University Hours
    May 11 - August 21
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday Thursday.
    8:00 a.m. - noon on Friday.