GEOG 596i
Independent Study in Geospatial Intelligence

Welcome to an Independent Study in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOG 596i)


GEOG 596i: Independent Study in Geospatial Intelligence (Spring 2024)

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.

Quick Facts About This Course

  • Instructor(s):
  • Course Structure: Independent Study
  • 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.


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 coursework.

This option allows students to complete some of their credit requirements by studying on their own. A student and their 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.

Meet Greg Thomas, instructor of this course (0:43 seconds)

Click here for a transcript of Dr. Thomas's video.

Hello, my name is Greg Thomas. I'm the Assistant Director for Geospatial Intelligence programs at Penn State, and I teach several fundamental and advanced courses on the topic of geospatial intelligence. My background is in intelligence and analysis in the law enforcement field, and I bring that experience to the program and the courses I teach. In my classes I stress the analysis of human activity over place and time, to provide a decision advantage or to solve a problem, and I show how geospatial intelligence as a discipline is used for analyzing data in various fields of study. I look forward to exploring geospatial intelligence analysis further with you, and hope you enjoy the course!

Credit: Greg Thomas © Penn State is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Want to join us? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback and earn academic credit. For more information, visit Penn State's Online Geospatial Education Program website. Official course descriptions and curricular details can be reviewed in the University Bulletin.