GEOG 885
Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence
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General James Clapper, former United States Director of National Intelligence and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), once said "everything happens somewhere." He stressed that there are aspects of time and place to every intelligence problem. In this course, you will examine how time and place work with general intelligence techniques to create geospatial intelligence. You will learn and apply critical thinking skills, structured analytical techniques, and other intelligence methods in a geospatial context. You'll also learn how to reduce personal and organizational bias by conducting an Analysis of Competing Hypotheses, by R. Heuer, a 45-year veteran of the CIA. As a result, you will be better prepared for the world of geospatial intelligence analysis.

At a Glance


Geospatial Intelligence
ArcGIS Desktop
ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Pro
Google Maps
SyllabusGEOG 885 Syllabus

Upcoming Offerings

Semester Instructor
Spring 2, 2023 David Jimenez, M.A., CICA, IFPC
Summer, 2023 Leanne Sulewski, Ph.D.
Fall 1, 2023 Gregory A. Thomas, Ph.D.
Fall 2, 2023 Stephen P. Handwerk, M.A.
Spring 2, 2024

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What Our Students Say

The most professionally relevant course I have taken with Penn State.

“GEOG 885 is the most professionally relevant course I have taken with Penn State. The material and assignments facilitate development of critical thinking skills and prepare students to utilize advanced analytic methods.”

— Roberta Becker, graduate student, Homeland Security (GEOINT)

We offer over 30 courses in five 10-week terms each year: two every fall, two every spring and one every summer.