Analyze images and other data to solve problems across disciplines

Imagery and other data collected by satellites, manned aircraft, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are increasingly important for studying natural systems and human activities across scales, from global change to urban planning to agricultural management. Studying remote sensing allows you to develop a foundation in digital image processing to pursue a career in earth observation. 


What is Remote Sensing?

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Remote sensing data provides insights on systems and locations for applications ranging from meteorology and environmental science to crisis prevention due to natural disasters. The remote sensing field lends itself to solving unique challenges due to the broad quantity of data available for analysis from systems such as satellite imaging, mobile location data and even social media.


Our faculty have the expertise to inform students of theoretical information and prompt them to make real-life applications.
Paddington Hodza is a Senior Research Scientist who researches a range of topics including UAS, positivity GIS and immersive geo-visualization. Dr. Ramesh Sivanpilai specializes in remote sensing, with expertise in research, teaching, and service and outreach in this field.

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Online Learning At UW

The University of Wyoming offers a comprehensive selection of fully-online and hybrid programs, in addition to the online remote sensing graduate certificate. These online programs are on par with their in-person counterparts in terms of learning standards and accreditation. Recognizing the distinct requirements of online learners, we furnish a range of academic and student resources designed to support your success both during your time at UW and in your post-graduation journey.


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What can you do with a Remote Sensing Graduate Certificate?

Remote sensing scientists analyze images and other data to solve problems across disciplines. Applications like Google Earth and satellite-based maps are familiar to all of us, but they only hint at the utility of remotely sensed data. Expertise in remote sensing can be applied to fields ranging from anthropology to zoology, and trained remote sensing scientists work in academia, private industry, and local, state, and federal agencies.


Remote Sensing Careers

  • Manufacturer
  • Technical Service Provider
  • Utilities
  • Public Administration
  • Educator 
  • Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • GIS Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Agriculture Specialist
  • Cartographer or Mapping Technician
  • Remote Sensing Software Developer
  • Remote Sensing Project Manager


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Here are a few places remote sensing alumni have made a difference!

  • State of Wyoming
  • Hager Environmental and Atmospheric Technologies 
  • Air Care Colorado 
  • California Institute of Technology 
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Remote Sensing Program Highlights

The graduate certificate in remote sensing program at UW provides excellent opportunities to students.

Learning Resources

Specialized software is used in almost every class to deal with spatial data. Students may access state-of-the-art 3D visualization tools. Hands-on experiences in mapping permit the exploration of areas that would otherwise be inaccessible or dangerous. 

Networking & Student Groups

To connect students across the map there are several organizations students may be interested in. Women in GIS provides networking for women and their allies. The Geospatial Forum displays presentations from professionals. UW also holds the Annual GIS Day observance to provide training and networking opportunities in-person and online. 

Financial Support

Students pursuing professional development may receive support from their place of work. Additionally, UW does have connections to scholarships and opportunities that students may be eligible for.


Studying remote sensing in Wyoming can offer several benefits for students. Wyoming is home to a diverse range of natural landscapes, including mountains, forests, rivers, and grasslands, which provide ideal environments for remote sensing research and exploration. Additionally, Wyoming has a strong job market for remote sensing professionals, particularly in fields such as energy, agriculture and environmental management. 


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