GEOG 596i/596k
Independent Study in Geospatial Intelligence

Welcome to an Independent Study in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOG 596I/596K) (Summer 2020)


GEOG 596i/596k

New to an Independent Study?

It is the responsibility of the student to contact a faculty member to arrange the independent study. If both agree the topic is worthy of independent research, an Independent Study Agreement is developed and then signed by both the student and the faculty sponsor before beginning the effort.

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 on the Online Geospatial Education Program Office.

Quick Facts About This Course


Dr. Greg Thomas (Instructor of Record),
Dr. Todd S. Bacastow,
Other faculty as arranged

Course Structure: Independent Study

Overview: Independent Study is an opportunity for students to work with individual direction from a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest in geospatial intelligence. Students must have strong professional experience or have taken courses in the subject matter leading up to the chosen topic. Independent Study is reserved for advanced specialties or for intermediate study in areas in which the department does not normally offer course work. Faculty members are under no obligation to accept Independent Study students but do so as their teaching load permits.

This option allows students to complete some of their credit requirements by studying on their own. A student and his or her faculty advisor must agree in advance on the topic and approach of the study program and meet periodically to discuss the student's progress. A minimum of 25 hours of time is required for each semester hour of credit.

Prerequisites: A student must be in the Geospatial Intelligence program. Students must have strong professional experience or completed at least 9 hours of related courses having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Independent Study Policy and Procedures: Please see the menu listing.