Geospatial Intelligence Capstone Experience

Welcome to GEOG 594B - Geospatial Intelligence Capstone Experience


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Quick Facts About This Course

Instructors: Dr. Gregory Thomas and Dr. Todd Bacastow

Course Structure: Five Lessons, 10 weeks in length, 15 hours per lesson, 2 credits.

Overview: GEOG 594B is the culminating experience for the Geospatial Intelligence Option of the Intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security program and the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics.


The overarching purpose of this course is to demonstrate your ability to identify and investigate a real-world problem using a substantial amount of your past coursework. You must use GIS or a remote sensing tool to create evidence. This work may be completed as a team. To successfully complete GEOG 594B, students must communicate a high-level of knowledge of the subject based upon their thinking, organization, and technical analysis of the evidence.

Identifying a real-world problem is your first challenge. For students in the Geospatial Intelligence Option of the Homeland Security master's program, our perspective of homeland security follows an all-hazards approach and crosses both the public and the private sector. While the US federal government's Department of Homeland Security is a driver of needs, significant analytic problems also exist at state and local levels, as well as internationally. In addition, a public-private partnership has made homeland security an important focus for the private sector in fields such as technology, finance, insurance, public health, and more.


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