Geospatial Intelligence Capstone Experience

Welcome to GEOG 594B - Geospatial Intelligence Capstone Experience


New to GEOG 594B?

Registered students should begin with Lesson 0: Course Orientation (The Orientation menu will be available one week prior to the first day of class).

Not registered? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback and earn academic credit. Information about registering for this course and about the online Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program is available at

Quick Facts About This Course

Instructor: Dr. Dennis Bellafiore or Dr. Todd S. Bacastow

Course Structure:

  • Lessons 1-5 (10 weeks), Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Students - GEOG 594b for 2 credit, 8 hours a week.

Overview: GEOG 594b is a required class for Penn State's iMPS-HLS (Geospatial Intelligence Option) program.


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.

Identifying a real-world problem is your first challenge. 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, 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.

  • iMPS-HLS students require two additional credits of GEOG 594B. GEOG 597B the culminating experience for the iMPS-HLS and require the student to demonstrate analytic skills and a high-level of writing competency.


  • GEOG 594A - Analytic Experience in Geospatial Intelligence

How to Get Started with This Course

If this is your first time at this course Web site, please take some time to become familiar with the instructor, assignments, and course environment by going to the Course Orientation in the Orientation menu.

This Web site provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu links to important supporting materials, while the Lessons menu links to the course lessons. Canvas, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.