Remote Sensing track


The outcome of this emphasis area is an individual trained in the skills required for solving common applications of remote sensing and related geocomputational techniques. This certificate combines skills and knowledge of three domains: i) substantive geography and basic geospatial analytical techniques from the undergraduate degree in geography; ii) specialized remote sensing analysis skills, not available through the Applied GIS emphasis, obtained through advanced remote sensing coursework, and; iii) basic software skills for solving computational problems in science and engineering.

Entrance requirements

Students entering this emphasis area must: i) be an undergraduate non-computer science major in good standing or a non-matriculated student with special permission and ii) book an appointment with the advisor to "declare" this certificate.  Students that declare a certificate with the Geography Advisor should be aware that the certificate will NOT show up on their CIS page with their other degree declarations.  If you have questions about whether you have already declared your certificate with the Geography Department or not, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For all other questions, scheduling, and declaring: book an advising appointment with the Geography undergraduate advisor by clicking the "Book Now" bubble on the Home page.

NOTE: Some courses in the certificate program may have additional prerequisites or co-requisities. Be sure to check the university's course catalog.

Program requirements

C or better in the following courses:

  • GEOG 1180: Intro to Geo-Programming 3.0 (Spring) -OR- COMP 1010: Programming for All 1 (Fall)
  • GEOG 3110: The Earth from Space: Remote Sensing of the Environment 3.0 (Fall)
  • GEOG 3100: Intro to GIS & Cartography 5.0 (Fall / Spring)
  • GEOG 5110: Environmental Analysis Through Remote Sensing 3.0 (Spring)
  • GEOG 5120: Environmental Optics 3.0 
  • GEOG 5130: Advanced Remote Sensing Applications 3.0 
  • GEOG 5131: Capstone in RS 3.0 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours 23

Note: Absolutely no course substitutions are allowed for "Program Requirements" courses in this or any GIS Certificate emphasis area. Course substitutions are allowed for "Entrance Requirements" courses at the discretion of the GIS Certificate Program Committee. 


It is the responsibility of the student to submit an Application for Certificate Completion form for any and all certificates pursued through the Geography Department during the student’s last semester before graduation (or during the last semester of coursework to complete the certificate for non-matriculated students or students who have already graduated). The Certificate Completion form can be picked up in the Geography Main Office or from the Geography Advisor and must be submitted to the Geography Advisor before grades are posted.


 The Certificate is mailed to the address shown on the student's CIS page.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure the mailing address on their CIS page is correct.  It can take up to 90 days after grades are posted for the certificate to be mailed to the student.  The certificate is mailed from the Graduation Division at the University of Utah.