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Environmental Remote Sensing Undergraduate Certificate

The environmental remote sensing certificate provides cutting-edge skills in remote sensing science, digital image processing, and big data visualization. Emphasis is placed on applications of remote sensing technology in environmental planning, sustainable development, climate change adaptation, urban resiliency planning, and natural resource management.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

You will learn practical applications of geospatial technologies and develop working competency in remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) software, such as ERDAS Imagine, eCognition, and ESRI ArcGIS.

Open for all majors.

Complete your certificate with any two elective courses covering GIS topics, see catalog for list.

Why Study Remote Sensing at Grand Valley?

  • An emerging field. Geospatial technology is one of the most important emerging fields in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Marketability. Remote sensing competency offers top jobs in a wide variety of sectors.
  • A competitive edge. Studying geospatial technologies will give you an edge over peers in the current job market.
  • Practical application. You will learn practical skills that will benefit your future career.
  • Flexibility. You can attend full- or part-time. Any major combined with this certificate creates a new hybrid skill set.
  • Affordability. Get an extra credential on your official transcript with little to no additional cost.

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For new students, visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements. Upon acceptance and for current students:

  • Declare your certificate via myBanner (Login to Banner Self-Service, click on Student, Student Records, Add a Certificate or Badge to your Program, Select the appropriate certificate from the drop down list, and click Submit)
  • Speak with the appropriate certificate coordinator to ensure criteria are being met (you will be able to track your progress toward the certificate in myPath as well!)
  • Once you are done with the requirements, apply to receive the certificate via myBanner.
  • Once the completion of your certificate has been verified, the certificate will be posted to your student record and will be viewable on your transcript. 

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours to receive the certificate. Up to six credits can be transferred from another institution (subject to content approval). Required courses:

  • GPY 370 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GPY 470 - Digital Image Processing

For More Information

Department of Geography and
Sustainable Planning
(616) 331-3065
B-4-105 Mackinac Hall
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office