Remote Sensing

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Why Remote Sensing?

The Online Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing provides students with the necessary skills and understanding to apply remote sensing knowledge competently and effectively in a variety of areas.

Remote sensing is the measurement of information by a recording device that is not in physical contact with the object being measured. In practice, remote sensing is the utilization at a distance (as from aircraft, space shuttle, spacecraft, satellite, or ship) of any device for gathering information about the environment. The term "remote sensing" is most often applied to terrestrial and weather observations, but can be applied to planetary environments and astronomy. Remote sensing is applicable to many other situations including: land-use change, pollution tracking, land-use and planning, transportation systems, and military observation. The Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing aims to make education and training in remote sensing available to adult and professional students. A student earning a Remote Sensing Certificate will be well versed in remote sensing theory, will have hands-on exposure to remote sensing software and hardware, and will learn how to extract pertinent data from remotely sensed datasets.

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Unique Features

  • Gain specialized knowledge in remote sensing to advance or change your career
  • Boost your earnings: graduate certificate holders receive an average 25 percent higher salary, according to the Washington Post
  • Explore your area of interest and leverage your graduate certificate as a gateway to a master’s degree

Program Objectives

  • Efficient and comprehensive six-course path to certificate
  • Gain hands-on exposure to remote sensing hardware and software
  • Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals

What you'll study

General Requirements

Core Courses
RMS 5105 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
RMS 6110 - Introduction to Machine Learning for Image Data

Remote Sensing Electives

Complete four of the following:

RMS 6215 - Unmanned Aerial Systems for Geospatial Analysts
RMS 6230 - Remote Sensing and Global Change
RMS 6240 - Introduction to Radar and LiDAR Remote Sensing
RMS 6250 - Spatial Analytics for Vegetation and Precision Agriculture
RMS 6270 - Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
RMS 6280 - Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
RMS 6290 - Spectroscopic Image Analysis
RMS 6292 - Photogrammetry and GPS
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action

Did You Know?

Graduate certificate holders earn on average a 25% salary increase (Washington Post, 2012).


Stackable Certificate:

This certificate can stack into the Homeland Security or Geospatial Services master's degrees.

Average Time to Completion

1-1.5 Years



Entry Terms


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