Remote Sensing of Environmental Change Minor

Geographical Sciences (GEOG)
1149 LeFrak Hall
Phone: 301-405-4073

Program Director: Keith Yearwood, Ph.D.

The Remote Sensing of Environmental Change minor program (RSEC) is designed to build students’ understanding global environmental change in order to assess their impacts on the physical and human landscapes, and to use remote sensing as an analytical tool for identifying the impacts. Students in the minor program will receive technical training in remote sensing to examine how extreme environmental events shape human society and ecosystems from the interdisciplinary perspective afforded by the field of geography.

Admission to the Program

There are no special requirements for the minor program in Remote Sensing of Environmental Change. The Department of Geographical Sciences welcomes students from every area of study. GIS and ENSP students are also welcome to enroll in this minor.

  • All credits for the minor must be taken in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.
  • No more than six credits are to be included in the minor and student's major, supporting courses, and college requirements.
Course Title Credits
Foundation Course
Choose one Foundations Course3
Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Floods, and Fires
Mapping our Digital World
Technical Geography Courses
GEOG272Introduction to Earth Observation Science3
GEOG472Remote Sensing: Digital Processing and Analysis3
Select one Physical Geography Course:3
Advanced Geographical Environmental Systems
Select one Human Dimension of Global Change Course:3
Topics in Regional Geography (GEOG328B - China)
Topics in Regional Geography (GEOG328C - Sub-Saharan Africa)
As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change
Economic Geography
Latin America
Select one Advanced Integrated Course:3
Land Use, Climate Change, and Sustainability
Conceptualizing and Modeling Human-Environmental Interactions
Culture and Natural Resource Management
The Coastal Ocean
Biogeography and Environmental Change
Total Credits18