Geospatial intelligence is a rapidly growing field that uses technology to gather spatial data, then analyze and interpret it to monitor and solve situations that impact our national security. The program therefore focuses on three areas:
This emphasis is ideal for students who want to work in military intelligence (i.e., ROTC), civilian intelligence agencies of the Federal Government, homeland security agencies at all levels of government, and many major contractors providing technical support services. Graduates should be prepared to be employed in classified environments, and therefore expect background checks and security clearances in every phase of their employment.
The BYU Geography Department intends to submit this emphasis to the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) for accreditation under its academic certificate program when complete (it is currently in draft), which will allow graduates to not only be awarded a degree, but also a certificate recognized across the intelligence community. The department has worked closely with the USGIF academy to design the programs in harmony.