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Capture, Manipulate and Analyze Geographical Data

GEOSPATIAL SCIENCE

The Geospatial Science major emphasizes learning about diverse cultures, physical landscapes and geospatial tools that expeditionary Air Force officers use.

This major offers a diverse and challenging program that focuses on contemporary world issues. A flexible curriculum permits either an in-depth or cross-disciplinary approach to the study of geospatial science, maximizing a cadet’s ability to design his/her academic program beyond the core disciplinary requirements. Course offerings within the discipline represent a broad cross-section of key geospatial science sub-fields including physical, human and regional geography, as well as state-of-the-art geographic information processing methods such as digital image processing and geographic information systems.

Cadets who want to complement their major in Geospatial Science with a Foreign Language minor can do so without carrying an academic course overload. Cadets who excel in this program are eligible to compete for prestigious national scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, and Academy Graduate Scholarship programs.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 14X – Intelligence Officer
Outside the Air Force
  • Crime Analyst
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Urban Planner
  • Business Location Specialist
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
SAMPLE COURSES
  • Human Geography: A Global Cultural Awareness
  • Geomorphology
  • Military Geography
  • Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110
Chem 100
Com Sci 110
English 111
Engr 101
For Lang 1
For Lang 2
History 100
Math 141
Math 142
Physics 110
Chem 200
Econ 201
ECE 315
English 211
Engr Mech 220
Geo 310
Geo 350
History 300
Law 220
MSS 200
Physics 215
Pol Sci 211
Advanced Literacy Opt
Aero Engr 315
Astro Engr 310
Beh Sci 310
Biology 315
Cognate Elec
Geo 351
Geo 370
Geo 382
Math 300
Philos 310
Soc Sci Div Opt
Academy Opt
Advanced Literacy Opt
Cognate Elective
Cognate Elective
English 411
Geo 490
Geo 498
Mgt 400
MSS 415/416
Soc Sci 412

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

GEOINT CERTIFICATE

Accurate intelligence is critical to the warfighter to achieve mission success. The field of intelligence incorporates the collection, analysis and exploitation of multiple forms of geospatial data, including imagery, maps, census data, GPS coordinates, and digital models of the Earth.

Because there is a scarcity of individuals who can collect and analyze this data, the GEOINT (GEOspatial INTelligence) Certificate Program was constructed in coordination with federal and industry experts via the USGIF (Geospatial Intelligence Foundation) to prepare cadets as GEOINT-skilled critical thinkers and leaders.

The GEOINT Certificate requires completion of the following courses:

  • Comp Sci 110 Introduction to Computing
  • Law 220 Law for Air Force Officers
  • Philos 310 Ethics
  • Geo 310 Geospatial Information Analysis
  • Geo 370 Military Geography
  • Geo 382 Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis
  • Geo 410 Advanced Geospatial Analysis
  • Geo 482 Advanced Remote Sensing
  • Geo 498 Geospatial Science Capstone
  • Pol Sci 462 Politics and Intelligence

Cadets must complete the above courses with a collective “B” average and no single course grade lower than a “C”. Application is open to all cadets. The Department of Economics and Geosciences administers the program and oversees admissions decisions.

VALIDATION AND TRANSFER CREDITS

For information on classes that qualify for transfer credits, please speak with an AIC.

CONTACT US

Lt Col Eugene Richter
Adviser in Charge and Senior Instructor of Geosciences
(719) 333-4026
eugene.richter@usafa.edu

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