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Geospatial Intelligence Analytics

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Dr. Todd S. 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 Analytics is for geospatial intelligence professionals with experience in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing who are only able to participate part-time and at a distance, while maintaining professional responsibilities. The program promotes sound theory, methodologies, techniques, ethics, and best practices in the professional application of geospatial intelligence. The 13-credit curriculum integrates the geospatial information science and intelligence disciplines in a synergistic manner. The program is well suited for the geospatial intelligence professional serving outside the continental US.

Admission Requirements
An applicant for the graduate 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 national security, law enforcement, or business. The student must be admitted to (1) Penn State's Graduate School, and (2) the graduate certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics offered by the department of Geography. To apply, the student completes a single online application that provides the necessary information to each organization.Students interested in applying for admission to the Graduate Certificate in the Geospatial Intelligence Analytics program should go to the World Campus web site: The Geospatial Intelligence Program Admissions Committee reviews and ranks applications as they are received.


594A. Culminating Experiences in Geospatial Intelligence (1)
882. Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence (3)
883. Remote Sensing for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional (3)
884. Geographic Information Systems for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional (3)

Choose at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:


480. Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications (3)
482. The Nature of Geographic Information (2)
483. Problem Solving with GIS (3)
484. GIS Database Development (3)
485. GIS Programming and Customization (3)
486. Cartography and Visualization (3)
487. Environmental Applications of GIS (3)
488. Acquiring and Integrating Geospatial Data (3)
489. GIS Application Development (3)
583. Geospatial System Analysis and Design (3)
584. Geospatial Technology Project Management (3)
586. Geographical Information Analysis (3)
588. Planning GIS for Emergency Management (3)
861. Map Projections for Geospatial Professionals (1)
862. GPS and GNSS for Geospatial Professionals (3)
863. GIS Mashups for Geospatial Professionals (3)
885. Advanced Analytic Methods in 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 #: 42-02-060

Review Date: 10/08/2013


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