MA in Environmental Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems

The Environmental Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems (ERS/GIS) 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. Instruction addresses the theories underlying remote sensing and GIS and their practical applications. Students are trained for careers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors where there is increasing demand for professionals with advanced technical skills who can organize and analyze spatial environmental data. Applicants to the ERS/GIS program must have completed calculus through integration and statistics through multiple regression. 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 ten courses (40 degree credits) must be completed as follows:

Core Courses

  • CAS GE 502: Field Measurements for Remote Sensing
  • CAS GE 505: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Plus three classes from:

  • GRS GE 640: Digital Image Processing—Remote Sensing
  • GRS GE 645: Physical Models in Remote Sensing
  • GRS GE 646: Remote Sensing of the Lower Atmosphere
  • GRS GE 648: Remote Sensing of Vegetation
  • GRS GE 805: Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Interdisciplinary Breadth Requirement

The breadth requirement consists of two courses, one from each of the following groups. Approved courses for each group can be found on the department website. Any classes taken to fulfill a required core class cannot fulfill the breadth requirement.

  • Theory and Concepts
  • Modeling and Analysis

Concentration Courses

Students choose three electives in consultation with their faculty advisor that form a set of courses that focuses on a particular aspect of environmental remote sensing and geographic information systems. One of these courses can be GRS GE 902: Environmental Internship.

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.