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The Remote Sensing and Image Processing Graduate Certificate (RSEIP) offers the most up-to-date advanced remote sensing and Earth observing education available in the region. The Certificate requires students to complete a set of 15-credit hours of SCS graduate courses. Ideal candidates for this certificate are those who have a background in Earth and environmental sciences, and are either currently working in or intend to enter into the field of remote sensing, Earth observing, or image processing. Completion of the certificate will enhance their careers or will serve as a useful intermediate step towards later enrollment in the M.S. in Earth Systems Science (ESS) degree program, and/or the ESGS doctoral program.
Mission and Objectives
The primary mission of the graduate certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Image Processing is to equip students to meet the needs of society by working in the rapidly developing remote sensing industry. With this certificate, we provide advanced and up-to-date training for students currently working in this field who would like to enhance their skills in this area and acquire the latest knowledge in remote sensing technology. Some of the potential students may be those who would like to enter this field of work, and may have some prior training, but do not yet have an in-depth educational background, training and skills. Therefore, this certificate may help to re-train the workforce to meet the new challenges in the area of Remote Sensing/Earth Observing.
1) Applicants to this graduate certificate program should hold a B.A. or B.S. degree in a discipline related to the science and applications of remote sensing from an accredited university, with a minimum GPA of 3.000.
2) Applicants should have some prior education or training in remote sensing and/or image processing. Students with a background in one of the physical science areas (physics, chemistry, atmospheric science, hydrology, or geology), geography, or environmental science will be particularly well suited to undertake this certificate program. Applicants should have undergraduate backgrounds that include courses in differential and integral calculus, and they should possess working knowledge of a computer programming language.
3) Applicants must submit
– a completed GMU graduate application, along with official transcripts,
– VA domicile classification form, and
– TOEFL scores if they are foreign nationals.
GRE scores and letters of recommendation are not required.
Students may not pursue this certificate concurrent with any other graduate degree programs or certificates offered by the College of Science (because this certificate will charge students a differential tuition rate). However, students enrolled in academic programs outside the College of Science may enroll in this certificate program concurrently. Students may transfer no more than 3 credit hours into the certificate program with the approval of the Program Director or Department Chair.
The Remote Sensing and Earth Image Processing (RSEIP) certificate requires a total of 15 credit hours, or 5 courses. Students are required to take three core courses. The remaining two are selected from the set of electives indicated below.
Required Core Courses (9 credits)
- GGS 579 – Remote Sensing Credits: 3
- GGS 680 – Earth Image Processing Credits: 3
- GGS 740 – Hyperspectral Imaging Systems Credits: 3
Elective Courses (6 credits)
- GGS 562 – Photogrammetry Credits: 3
- GGS 754 – Earth Science Data and Advanced Data Analysis Credits: 3
- GGS 756 – Physical Principles of Remote Sensing Credits: 3
- GGS 760 – Advanced Remote Sensing Applications Credits: 3
- GGS 840 – Hyperspectral Imaging Applications Credits: 3
Please see the GMU Catalog Entry for the Certificate in Remote Sensing and Image Processing for other program details. Students admitted in previous years may have different degree requirements, listed in the archived catalogs (See below).
Differential Tuition Rate
This graduate certificate will charge students at a differential (premium) tuition rate, with an additional $100 per credit hour added to the standard GMU graduate tuition for students who enroll in this certificate program (regardless of in-state or out-of-state status). The differential tuition will be used to support continuing improvements in the computational facilities described below, which will be used to support the certificate students.