Students who enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation program are expected to have working knowledge of geospatial concepts and prior experience with ArcGIS at an introductory level. If you are a GIS novice, we encourage you to complete our Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems prior to applying to the remote sensing certificate program.
This 12-credit certificate explores the science of acquiring information about the Earth from images and sensor networks. Using remote sensing technologies to collect data, you will learn how to analyze images to provide spatial insights for improved decision-making in domains like business, crisis management, ecology, and the energy sector.
To earn your remote sensing certificate, it is recommended that you take courses in the following order:
GEOG 480: Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications
GEOG 481: Topographic Mapping with Lidar
GEOG 883: Remote Sensing Analysis and Applications
You will then select one elective:
GEOG 589: Emerging Trends in Remote Sensing or GEOG 892: Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems
The remote sensing certificate program is offered via five 10-week terms a year. With two terms that partially overlap in fall and spring, and one term in the summer, you have the flexibility to complete your certificate at your preferred pace. You can schedule your courses without any overlap, take as many courses as possible to finish sooner, or set your own pace, allowing you to start and stop when the time is right for you.
Registration for most courses begins three months before the start of the course. Given the limited number of seats available in our courses, early registration is strongly encouraged.
Required Courses (9 credits)
Electives (select 3 credits)
Select one course from the following list or from other electives (at the discretion of the program director).
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