Minor in Environmental Remote Sensing & GIS

NOTE: In academic year 2020–2021, the Department of Earth & Environment recoded all courses from ES and GE to EE.

The minor in Environmental Remote Sensing & GIS provides students with foundational knowledge of the methodology and uses of remote sensing. Students gain an understanding of how remote sensing is applied both scientifically and practically, and students gain hands-on experience analyzing spatial information using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A minor in Environmental Remote Sensing & GIS prepares students to work in a variety of environmental careers such as natural resource management and environmental conservation.


The minor in Environmental Remote Sensing & GIS consists of five courses as specified below. Students minoring in Environmental Remote Sensing & GIS, through coursework, will ordinarily satisfy BU Hub requirements in Scientific Inquiry, Digital/Media Expression, and Teamwork/Collaboration. Up to two courses taken as part of a student’s major requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor in Environmental Remote Sensing & GIS. Unless otherwise noted, all required courses are 4 credit hours, all completed with a grade of C or higher.

Principal Courses (2)

  • CAS EE 302 Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • CAS EE 365 An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Minor Electives (3)

  • Three courses chosen from: CAS EE 422, 444, 445, 446, 501, 503, 505, 516