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Geospatial Intelligence

Program Description

Geospatial intelligence is the collection and subsequent analysis of imagery and geospatial information, with the goal of visually depicting and understanding the Earth and how human activity impacts it. This certificate is not offered by the U of U; rather, it is completed on site at the U through the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). Program coursework includes training in human and physical geography, remote sensing, geographic information technologies, geospatial statistical analysis, and GPS. Graduates of the certificate will learn how to collect and interpret data, applying interdisciplinary analysis abilities (from fields like geographic information sciences or remote sensing) to geospatial intelligence to solve problems or develop initiatives.

Academic and Career Opportunities

Students wishing to network or connect to campus can join the Geography club or Hack the U, a non-profit dedicated to coding and professional development. Students wishing to expand on their coursework may pursue original research projects through the Office of Undergraduate Research. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for a number of careers in the geospatial field: geospatial intelligence analysts, imagery analysts, intelligence image analysts, or emergency responders. The Geospatial Intelligence Certificate can also be paired with degrees like Geography, Geographic Information Sciences, or Computer Science to open further professional opportunities in those and other areas. With additional coursework at the graduate level, students may become scientists, engineers, researchers, or software developers.

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Coursework Checklist

Exploratory Classes

  • GEOG 1180 – Intro to Geo-Programming
  • GEOG 3110 – The Earth from Space: Remote Sensing of the Environment

Last Updated: 8/21/23