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Graduate Certificate in
Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Courses

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.

Description of fall, spring and summer semesters

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)

  • 3
    credits

    Using imagery and terrain data in typical application scenarios faced by the geospatial professional.

    • Prerequisite

      GEOG 482 or equivalent professional experience

    • Note

      For individuals with professional experience in GIS, these prerequisites may be waived as part of the application review process.

  • 3
    credits

    Using airborne topographic lidar to create elevation models for GIS applications.

    • Prerequisite

      GEOG 362 or GEOG 480; GEOG 160 or GEOG 482; or equivalent professional experience

    • Note

      For individuals with professional experience in GIS, these prerequisites may be waived as part of the application review process.

  • 3
    credits

    Understanding remote sensing systems' operation, data products, and processing techniques to address typical problem scenarios faced by the GEOINT professional.

    • Prerequisite

      GEOG 480

Electives (select 3 credits)

Select one course from the following list or from other electives (at the discretion of the program director).

  • 3
    credits

    Highlights emerging theoretical and methodological trends in high-performance remote sensing for geospatial analysis through discussion and laboratory experiences.

    • Prerequisite

      GEOG 480 and GEOG 883

  • 3
    credits

    Introduces theory and methods for operating an unmanned aerial system for geospatial data acquisition and analysis.

    • Prerequisite

      GEOG 480

Course Availability

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