Geospatial Intelligence

IMPACT's GEOINT curriculum is aligned with top industry certifications and provides extensive hands-on experience in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial analysis and GEOINT analysis.

The IMPACT program prepares students for industry-aligned certification exams, certificates and other professional credentials. The GEOINT curriculum is comprised of competency-based, self-paced courses that prepare students for the geospatial intelligence field. Students will develop knowledge directly related to the core competencies of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK) [pdf].

The program focuses on geospatial problem-solving skills, data fusion, geospatial technologies, and applications of these to disaster response, emergency management, infrastructure and resource management, military and policy operations, big data analysis and cyber security. Students completing the micro-credential program will be able to use the geospatial analysis techniques, skills and tools to derive meaningful information from geospatial data, solve geospatial intelligence problems in multiple situations and communicate their findings in a professional manner to both professional and public audiences.

Make an IMPACT

IMPACT is built upon Radford University's established Geospatial Science program. It employs research-based practices from cognitive science, analytics, simulation-based learning, virtual reality and gamification in every aspect of its training to ensure it is challenging, highly effective and engaging.

IMPACT is ready to support your Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) training goals and become your GEOINT workforce strategic partner.

 

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ALIGNED WITH NATIONAL STANDARDS

Directly aligned with national standards from the USGIF Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK).

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ONLINE AND HANDS-ON FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS

Online, go at your own pace program with structured learning activities, virtual testing labs and unlimited access to ESRI training modules and software for each student.

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MEETS CRITICAL JOB DEMAND

With more 1,400 current job openings within GEOINT in Virginia, build the right skills to jumpstart your career.

The content for the GEOINT micro-credential is designed to:

  • Align with top industry certifications:  NCCA-accredited Universal GEOINT Certification, Certified GEOINT Professional- GIS & Analysis Tools (CGP-G), Certified GEOINT Professional- Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis (CGP-R), Certified GEOINT Professional- Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D), and Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP),

  • Meet the accreditation guidelines of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) accreditation program in GEOINT

  • Provide knowledge and skills to learners based on USGIF Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK). The GEOINT EBK describes geospatial intelligence competency and practice in terms of key job tasks and essential knowledge, skills, and ability required for a professional to be successful. These competencies are organized into four competency areas:

    • Competency I: GIS & Analysis Tools

    • Competency II: Remote Sensing & Imagery

    • Competency III: Geospatial Data Management

    • Competency IV: Data Visualization

  • Fulfill competencies from the Geospatial Technology Competency Model

  • Engage students in hands-on experience with state-of-the-art virtualized remote labs.

  • Allow working professionals to earn credits through competencies without requiring any prerequisites beyond a high school diploma.

  • Make learners ready to work in the GEOINT Community immediately upon certification.

  • Meet the growing needs of the GEOINT community.

Micro-Credential Content

The GEOINT Micro-Credential consists of four courses focused on geospatial data and technology, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and spatial analysis as they relate to GEOINT applications.

Courses & Credits

Description

Content aligned with GEOINT EBK*

GEOS 125 (3 credits)

Intro to Geospatial Data and Technology

Sources and Types of Geospatial Information, Geospatial Data Models, Fundamentals of Geodesic Science (e.g., geoid,ellipsoid, coordinate systems, heights, point positioning, datums), Metadata Requirements (e.g., metadata standards, geospatial standard organizations – Federal, Geospatial Data Committee), Exploring GIS and Remote Sensing Applications  

GEOS 250 (4 credits)

Intro to Geographic Information Systems

Spatial Structures and Models, Vector and Raster Analysis Techniques,  Geocoding, Visualization Principles, Overlay and Suitability Analysis Techniques, Spatial Analysis Techniques, Analysis of Surfaces (e.g., elevation data),  Feature Attribution

 
GEOS 315 (4 credits)

Intermediate GIS

Database Design,  SQL Fundamentals, Common Geospatial Database Tools, Spatio-temporal Analysis (e.g., trend analysis, predictive/anticipatory analysis), Statistical Techniques and Concepts, Geostatistical Methods, Vector Analysis (e.g., network analysis)

 

GEOS 480 (3 credits)

Advancements in Geospatial Intelligence

The Intelligence Process, Decision Making with Geospatial Data, Uncertainty in Geospatial Data, Ethics with Geospatial and Big Data, Geovisualizations, Emerging GEOINT Technology

 

Total credits

14

 

 

*Although our IMPACT training will help prepare you for professional certification exams, additional preparation may be necessary due to the complexity and proprietary nature of the respective exam content.

* A USGIF certificate will become available in addition to the Radford University GEOINT micro-credential credits when the accreditation process is finished.

IMPACT is aligned with the CBE approach, which focuses on teaching specific job-related skills that are needed to perform a critical task in the workplace. The program will be delivered online in an asynchronous, self-paced manner and will be available at a fixed cost, regardless of the timeframe in which it is completed. Working professionals who successfully complete the program will earn 14 credit hours. IMPACT training will also prepare them for professional certification exams.