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Postbaccalaureate Certificate in
Geospatial Intelligence Applications

Courses

The GEOINT applications postbaccalaureate certificate course content focuses not just on technical skills but also on the analytical knowledge necessary to apply those skills in the real world. In the capstone course, you will apply what you have learned to complete a semester-long virtual field experience.

    To earn the certificate, you must complete 13 credits of online course work. You may select from one of three tracks, giving you the opportunity to customize your education around your unique career goals:

    • Defense Track highlights GIS, imagery, and remote sensing
    • Security and Law Enforcement Track focuses on GIS and cyber and human networks
    • Business Track includes business location intelligence and cyber and human networks

    To determine the first day you are able to register for classes, enter your semester, campus location, and student level into the Registrar's Registration Timetable. Note: Certificate students are considered "nondegree" as their student level.

    Required Core Course (3 credits)

    GEOG 882 is a prerequisite for all other courses in the certificate program and must be taken before enrollment in any of the other courses in each track.

    • 3
      credits

      Orientation to the geographic foundations of geospatial intelligence and its applications in national security, international relief work, and disaster management.

      • Note

        This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the certificate program and must be taken before enrollment in any of the other courses.

    Required Courses for Each Track (9 credits)

    The course list varies depending on which track you choose.

    Defense Track

    • 3
      credits

      Using imagery and terrain data in typical application scenarios faced by the geospatial professional.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882

    • 3
      credits

      Case studies, student investigations, and projects reveal the scope, impact, and character of the Geospatial Revolution.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882

    • 3
      credits

      How geographic information systems facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882, GEOG 482

    Security and Law Enforcement Track

    • 3
      credits

      Examines the nexus of geospatial intelligence analysis with cyberspace, the geopolitics of cyber threats, the politics of censorship and hacking, public safety, disaster response, and humanitarian relief; students will utilize a range of cyber data, systems, and spatial sciences to examine human social networks of the internet.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882 and (GEOG 160 or GEOG 482 or permission of program)

    • 3
      credits

      Case studies, student investigations, and projects reveal the scope, impact, and character of the Geospatial Revolution.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882

    • 3
      credits

      How geographic information systems facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882, GEOG 482

    Business Track

    • 3
      credits

      Examines the nexus of geospatial intelligence analysis with cyberspace, the geopolitics of cyber threats, the politics of censorship and hacking, public safety, disaster response, and humanitarian relief; students will utilize a range of cyber data, systems, and spatial sciences to examine human social networks of the internet.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882 and (GEOG 160 or GEOG 482 or permission of program)

    • 3
      credits

      Case studies, student investigations, and projects reveal the scope, impact, and character of the Geospatial Revolution.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882

    • 3
      credits

      Understanding location technology and geospatial analysis to support an efficient and effective pathway to better business decisions.

      • Prerequisite

        GEOG 882

    Capstone Course (1 credit)

    GEOG 594A is a capstone course that must be taken after all the other courses in the certificate program have been successfully completed.

    • 1
      credit

      Culminating Experiences in current professional and ethical problems facing the geospatial intelligence professional.

      • Prerequisite

        All other courses in the certificate program must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in this course.

    Program Flexibility

    The GEOINT applications certificate program will operate on five 10-week terms. With two terms that partially overlap in fall and spring, and one term in the summer, you are provided with the greatest flexibility possible in completing your certificate at your preferred pace. You can choose to schedule your courses without any overlap or take as many program courses at a time as possible to finish sooner.

    • Fall 1 semester runs from mid-August through the late October. Fall 2 runs from early October through mid-December.
    • Spring 1 semester runs from early January through mid-March. Spring 2 runs from late February through late April.
    • Summer semester runs from mid-May through late July.
    Timeline of five 10-week semesters

    Registration for most courses begins three months before the start of the course. Given the limited number of seats available in our courses, early registration is strongly encouraged.

    It is strongly recommended that you take only one course during each of the five terms.

    Course Availability

    If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

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