Remote sensing (satellite and ground-based) is increasingly being used as a technique to probe the Earth's atmosphere, ocean, and land surfaces. Probing of other planets is accomplished largely by satellite remote sensing. Given national priorities in such areas as climate and global change, the interest in remote sensing will only increase with time. Graduate students, research staff and faculty work on a wide variety of topics ranging from the theory of remote sensing, to instrument development and application.
This certificate is available to graduate degree-seeking and non-matriculated students. Additional certificate information can be found on the department's Remote Sensing Certificate webpage.
Distance Education Option
Students can take individual courses toward a master's degree or graduate certificate through distance education (online). For more information, connect with the individual graduate program directly.
- Completed undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or its equivalent.
- Undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra and differential equations; two semesters of undergraduate calculus-based physics; and at least two semesters of upper-division undergraduate courses in engineering or physics.
- Ability to program at a level that will enable successful completion of graduate course assignments.
Four courses are required totaling at least 12 credits, with grades of B or better. Students also pursuing other graduate certiﬁcates may not use the same courses to count for both certiﬁcates.
- Two courses from one of the following topical areas:
- Data Analysis
- Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques
- Remote Sensing Theory
- One course in each of the two remaining topical areas below.
|Data Analysis Courses
|Engineering Data Analysis Methods
|Remote Sensing Data Analysis
|Observations, Data Analysis and Statistics
|Stochastic / Environmental Signal Processing
|Remote Sensing Signals and Systems
|Random Processes for Engineers
|Detection and Extraction of Signals from Noise
|Geographic Information Science: Spatial Analytics
|Geographic Information Science: Spatial Modeling
|Geographic Information Science: Spatial Programming
|Instrumentation & Measurement Techniques Courses
|Remote Sensing Instrumentation Design
|Radar and Remote Sensing
|Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Receiver Architecture
|Lidar Remote Sensing
|Electromagnetic Radiation and Antennas
|Special Topics: Geography (Topic needs to be relevant to instrumentation/measurement)
|Fundamentals of Optics and Lasers
|Remote Sensing Theory Courses
|Introduction to Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing
|Fundamentals of Spectroscopy for Optical Remote Sensing
|Radiative Processes in Planetary Atmospheres
|Electromagnetic Absorption, Scattering, and Propagation
|Remote Sensing of the Environment
|Special Topics: Geography (Advanced Remote Sensing)
|Introductory Plasma Physics