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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, and 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 Carl Frohman
Advisor-in-Charge
carl.frohman@usafa.edu
(719) 333-4026

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