MA in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

The Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences (RS & GS) MA program is designed for students with diverse natural science and social science backgrounds who desire specialized training in the use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in environmental and natural resource analysis and management. The curriculum is designed to train students in both the underlying theory and application of remote sensing (e.g., image processing), spatial analytical methods (e.g., spatial statistics), and digital cartography and geographic information systems. Students are trained for careers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors where there is high demand for professionals with advanced technical skills who can organize and analyze spatial data sets. Applicants to the RS & GS program are expected to have basic competency in calculus and statistics. Candidates who do not have the required quantitative skills may be admitted, but they will be required to do independent work or additional coursework to acquire the necessary background. Students should consult the director of graduate studies to ascertain if they have the required background.

Course Requirements

At least eight courses (32 credits) must be completed as follows:

Core Courses

  • CAS GE 501 Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing
  • CAS GE 505 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • CAS GE 509 Applied Environmental Statistics or CAS GE 516 Multivariate Analysis for Geographers*

Electives (five courses, selected in consultation with advisor)**

  • CAS GE 502 Field Methods in Remote Sensing
  • CAS GE 509 Applied Environmental Statistics
  • CAS GE 516 Multivariate Analysis for Geographers
  • CAS GE 529 Modeling and Monitoring Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes
  • CAS GE 585 Ecological Forecasting and Informatics
  • GRS GE 640 Digital Image Processing in Remote Sensing
  • GRS GE 645 Physical Models of Remote Sensing
  • GRS GE 648 Remote Sensing of Vegetation
  • GRS GE 805 Spatial Data Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
  • GRS GE 840 Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing
  • GRS GE 845 Advanced Topics in Geographic Information Systems

*Course taken to fulfill statistical methods requirement cannot be double counted as an elective.
**With the prior approval of an advisor, students in the program may select graduate-level (500 and higher) courses beyond the approved list of electives to fulfill the elective requirement.

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.