The Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence (GAI) Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program at Delta State University, located in Cleveland, Miss., is the first undergraduate program to be accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).
The BAS-GAI curriculum is matched to USGIF’s GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge. Obtaining the BAS-GAI degree requires knowledge, skills, and abilities in GIS, remote sensing, analytic techniques, data management and programming, and visualization. The degree can be earned on-campus or online and is offered through Delta State’s Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies. The Center works cooperatively with non-profit organizations such as USGIF and industry partners to deliver a curriculum of significant value to employers.
Beyond coursework, BAS-GAI students must engage in a full semester of cooperative education, working real-world projects with program partners such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Hexagon Federal, and USDA-NRCS.
Chosen as a Center of National Excellence in the Geosciences by NGA and the U.S. Geological Survey, the Center is also a partner of the U.S. military and emergency response communities. Its faculty members serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee as technical advisors to the United Nations and have served as members of the National Academy of Science.
USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community among government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply GEOINT to address global security challenges.