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Geospatial Intelligence Applications

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Todd Bacastow
2217 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-863-0049
Fax: 814-863-1564

The graduate credit certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Applications provides a foundation in geospatial intelligence for the aspiring professional who has little or no experience in geography, geographic information systems, and remote sensing. The program addresses the theory, methodologies, techniques, and ethics in the professional application of geospatial intelligence. The curriculum integrates geospatial information science and analytic thinking in a synergistic manner. All candidates must take 11 credits, which includes a 3-credit course in geographic fundamentals of geospatial intelligence, a 2-credit course in the nature of geographic information course and 6 credits of geospatial information science and technology courses.

Admission Requirements
An applicant for the postbaccalaureate certificate must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. An entering student must have worked, anticipates working, or completed in a satisfactory manner course work in an area related to international affairs, national security, law enforcement, or business. The student must be admitted to (1) Penn State's Graduate School, and (2) the postbaccalaureate credit certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Applications offered by the department of Geography. Students interested in applying for admission to the Graduate Certificate in the Geospatial Intelligence Applications program should go to the World Campus web site:
The Geospatial Intelligence Program Admissions Committee reviews and ranks applications as they are received.


480. Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications (3)
482. The Nature of Geographic Information (2)
483. Problem-Solving with GIS (3)
882. Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence (3)

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Effective Date: Spring 2014
Expiration Date: Fall 2018

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-02-061

Review Date: 10/08/2013


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