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Graduate Degree Programs

Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Anthony C. Robinson
430 Earth and Engineering Sciences
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-574-0030
Fax: 814-863-1564

The Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation helps geospatial professionals become skillful users of imagery and sensor data in the context of geographic information systems and spatial analysis. This program is designed specifically for GIS practitioners who lack formal education in techniques and technologies associated with spatial image analysis and earth observation methods in order to pursue professional development and make career changes. The program explores theory and techniques for the professional application of remote sensing in geospatial systems and analysis. The program is offered through Penn State's World Campus. Students earn the certificate by completing four instructor-led online courses -- three required and one elective. Students who successfully complete the program earn 12 academic credits. Students admitted to the Department of Geography's Master of GIS degree program may count up to 15 credits of certificate program courses toward the MGIS degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

Intermediate-level experience with professional applications of geographic information systems is expected as pre-requisite knowledge. Coursework to establish that prerequisite knowledge is available through the related Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS program.


Prescribed Courses

GEOG 480: Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications
GEOG 883: Remote Sensing Analysis and Applications
GEOG 481: Topographic Mapping with Lidar

Electives - choose at least 3 credtis from:

GEOG 589: Emerging Trends in Remote Sensing
GEOG 892: Geospatial Applications of Unamanned Aerial Systems

Effective Semester: Summer 2016
Expiration Semester: Summer 2021


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