Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing for Earth Observation

The online Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing for Earth Observation (RSEO) prepares students to understand and leverage remote sensing data and data collection techniques.

The online Graduate Certificate in RSEO is designed to teach professionals the latest approaches for discovering valuable insights and making decisions based on information garnered from satellites, unmanned autonomous systems, aircraft and other sources.

The USC online Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing for Earth Observation program focuses on the latest tools and methods to collect, manage and analyze spatial information.

Data acquired from sources like aircraft, satellites and unmanned autonomous systems can be applied for a wide range of purposes, including monitoring environmental conditions, weather patterns and natural disasters.

Students in the certificate program complete 16 units of graduate coursework, learning how to apply remote-sensing principles to gather relevant information that guides problem-solving and decisions.

Course material includes using GIS to integrate findings from emerging sources like mobile devices and social media with data from airborne and space-based systems.

The program can benefit individuals entering the GIS field as well as experienced professionals interested in advancing their careers.

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Experiential Learning Requirement

Students in the Remote Sensing for Earth Observation Graduate Certificate program who select SSCI 587: Spatial Data Acquisition as an elective will participate in a weeklong fieldwork excursion to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center —a half-acre research and educational campus on Catalina Island.

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing for Earth Observation online. 

Career Options

  • Start or advance in careers working with remote sensing data.
  • Choose to go on to earn a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology or
  • Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence.
    Remote sensing professionals may find positions in a wide range of organizations that require their skills in capturing insights from spatial information.
  • These capabilities can be particularly valuable in fields such as scientific research, humanitarian disaster response and national security.