Courses

The Department of Geography offers a wide array of remote sensing courses. The list below summarizes courses at the introductory and advanced levels.

GEOG 3110 The Earth from Space: Remote Sensing of the Environment This is an introductory level remote sensing course and is offered during fall semester. This course broadly examines remote sensing theory, techniques, and applications. The course details the physical basis for remote sensing, and covers remote sensing technologies that use sunlight, infrared radiation, radar, and lasers. The course also explores applications of remote sensing to anthropology, environmental sciences, geography, geology, hydrology, natural resource assessment, and meteorology. Five lab exercises give "hands-on" experience with real remote sensing data.

GEOG 5110 Environmental Analysis Through Remote Sensing High-resolution multispectral data, coupled with expanding computing power and increasingly sophisticated image processing software, provides a large set of quantitative, graphic and science visualization tools for solving science-based environmental problems using remote sensing data. The theory and application of image-processing techniques such as: data corrections, enhancements, transformations, and classification are aimed at specific environmental problems in the natural and human domains. Hands-on experience is gained through image processing laboratory techniques, field-based measurements and real-world science projects. GEOG 5110 is offered during spring semester.

GEOG 5120 Environmental Optics The physical principles that determine how light and matter interact are essential to understanding remote sensing. This course explores the complex interactions of electromagnetic radiation with the Earth's surface and atmosphere from a quantitative perspective. The physical foundations of visible, infrared, and microwave remote sensing are addressed using both theory and laboratory measurements. Theoretical explanations of reflection, absorption, and transmission of electromagnetic radiation are used to explore practical applications of environmental optics in remote sensing, climate modeling, and everyday phenomena. GEOG 5120 fulfills a Quantitative Intensive credit requirement.

GEOG 5130 Advanced Remote Sensing Applications This course explores project-based remote sensing application. Students are guided in selection of project objectives, planning and execution.

GEOG 6445 Remote Sensing of Vegetation Remotely sensed data have widespread use for mapping and monitoring vegetation type, species, biochemistry, phenology, and structural parameters. Spatial, spectral and temporal resolution have important impacts on our ability to measure vegetation properties in different ecosystems. Remotely sensed data are particularly suited to quantifying spatial changes in vegetation over time caused by phenology and disturbance. This graduate-level course investigates the theory and application of remote sensing of vegetation.

Graduate level sections of GEOG 5110, 5120, and 5130 are offered as GEOG 6110, 6120, and 6130. These graduate sections require additional coursework. The department also routinely offers several graduate seminars on remote sensing topics.