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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.

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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. You must be a degree-seeking student to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time the degree is awarded.

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.

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

Career Options

Alumni have found rewarding careers in:

  • Aerial photo interpretation
  • Big data visualization
  • Digital image processing
  • Environmental resource management
  • Geospatial intelligence
  • Land use mapping
  • Satellite imagery analysis
  • Urban and regional planning

For More Information

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

Admissions Office