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Geospatial Intelligence

BS Geography emphasis
Explore spaces of conflict and national security

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, Analytical Methodologist

Median Salary: $66,250/yr

Expected Learning Outcomes

Upon finishing the Geospatial Intelligence program requirements, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of geospatial intelligence and its role in the intelligence community, including government and private environments.
  • Analyze security and intelligence problems using a geographic perspective, relating human actions to cultural, political, economic, social, and physical landscapes.
  • Analyze social science data (case histories) using structured analytical methods specific to intelligence analysis as practiced in the United States.
  • Work and communicate with diverse teams and decision-makers using skills in collaboration, speaking, writing, and mapping.

Program Curriculum

The program brings together a variety of courses in several related areas:
  • Systemic geography, spatial processes, and patterns of the world that cause security issues to arise
  • Regional geography, focusing on understanding the physical and human landscape of areas of the world with significant security concerns
  • Geospatial technology, the tools used to collect and analyze spatial data relevant to these issues (especially geographic information systems and remote sensing)
  • Intelligence capstone, a year-long seminar that applies these skills to understanding particular intelligence issues.