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Geospatial Intelligence

Protecting national security with geography and technology



Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) is a rapidly growing field in which you gather spatial data, then analyze and interpret it to monitor and solve situations that impact our national security. Effective intelligence analysis requires an understanding of technology, regional cultures and economy, spatial thinking, policy and operational decision-making processes, and effective communication. You should be prepared to be employed in a classified environment, and therefore expect background checks and security clearances in every phase of your employment.

Career Opportunities


  • Career Paths:
    • military intelligence
    • civilian intelligence agencies of the Federal Government
    • homeland security agencies at all levels of government
    • contractors providing technical support services.
    • Job titles include: Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Analyst, Midsenior-Level GEOINT Analyst, Image Analyst, Remote Sensing Scientist/Technician/Program Manager, Analystical Methodologist

Median Salary: $66,250/yr

Expected Learning Outcomes

The Course Work will teach you how to think and work spatially; provide an understanding of the situation in today’s world; teach the tools you will use to analyze data and communicate results. You will complete an Intelligence Capstone applying the theory and techniques to intelligence scenarios over the course of two semesters as well.

Geospatial Intelligence Program Requirements


All graduates of the FHSS Geography department will receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography with an emphasize a specific area of geography. Your emphasis may be in:


*also available as a minor as well as Geography Teaching

Geography Department Learning Outcomes


Geography at BYU strengthens the geographic awareness, knowledge, and skills of our students, the University, and the community through the following activities:

  1. Providing a solid introduction to core geographic concepts and ways of creating knowledge;
  2. Providing students with skills for generating and interpreting knowledge and to ensure that geography majors complete programs with adequate skills for competing successfully in the workplace or in graduate school;
  3. Advancing the discipline of geography, especially in those areas which benefit the university, local/regional community and the worldwide church;
  4. Developing research, education, and service relationships for students and faculty with others in the university, community and the discipline.

College of Family, Home and Social Science Mission Statement


The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is composed of departments that study patterns of human behavior from diverse disciplinary approaches. Teaching and scholarship rely on social scientific methodology to learn about human behavior and human societies, their histories, organization, governments, and economies. As the name implies, the college is particularly concerned with studying the family as the basic unit of society. The many institutes and centers within the college provide opportunities for faculty and students to further research and disseminate scholarship.

Students in the college gain a broad education that helps develop an appreciation of the values of modern civilization and prepares them to contribute effectively as citizens. The knowledge and skills gained in the varied disciplines prepare them well for graduate study and professional careers. Many of the departments and programs housed within the college provide opportunities for student learning outside the classroom through internships and faculty-mentored teaching and research experiences.