Remote Sensing Certificate

College of Engineering & Applied Science - Boulder



An online class is delivered 100% electronically using the internet or other computer-based methods. The teaching is conducted from a remote location through an online course learning management system or other online or electronic tools. Students have access to the teacher and classmates synchronously, asynchronously, or both. Online classes typically are term-based, but some may be offered in a self-paced format.

Remote sensing (satellite and ground-based) is increasingly being used as a technique to probe the Earth's atmosphere, ocean and land surfaces. Probing of other planets is accomplished largely by satellite remote sensing. Given
national priorities in such areas as climate and global change, the interest in remote sensing will only increase with time.

Graduate students, research staff and faculty work on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the theory of remote sensing, to its application. These applications include: use of satellite remote sensing to determine ocean surface temperature and heat fluxes; use of surface radar to improve the determination of clouds and precipitation from satellite; determination of surface biological characteristics and productivity from satellite; mapping of land use from satellite; mapping of surface landform and topographical features; searching for locations of buried artifacts; use of surface radar to determine upper atmosphere wind motions; and aircraft remote sensing to assess the validity of satellite retrieval algorithms of surface and atmospheric characteristics.

How to Apply

No application required

Degree Requirements

A Certificate in Remote Sensing will be awarded based on a written request* by the student to the Remote Sensing graduate chairman, provided that the following requirements have been met:

Four courses are required totaling at least 12 credits, with grades of B or better.

Two courses from one of the following topical areas:

  • Data Analysis
  • Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques
  • Remote Sensing Theory
  • At least one semester of Remote Sensing Seminar (currently listed as ASEN 5210 and ATOC 7500).