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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Remote Sensing of Environmental Change (RSEC)

Geographical Sciences (GEOG)
2108M LeFrak Hall, 301-405-4073


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.

The Required Curriculum: (18 credits)

Foundation Course (3 credits)

Natural Disasters: GEOG140 (3 credits)


Introduction to Methods of Geospatial Intelligence and Analysis: GEOG170 (3 credits)

Technical Geography Courses (6 credits)

Introduction to Remote Sensing: GEOG372 (3 credits)

Advanced Remote Sensing: GEOG472 (3 credits)

Choose one Physical Geography Course (3 credits)

Geomorphology: GEOG340 (3 credits)

Biogeography: GEOG342 (3 credits)

Climatology: GEOG345 (3 credits)

Choose one Human Dimension of Global Change Course (3 credits)

Regional Geography: China GEOG328B (3 credits)

Regional: Sub-Saharan Africa: GEOG328C (3 credits)

Regional: Latin America: GEOG313 (3 credits)

Society and Sustainability: GEOG330 (3 credits)

Intro to Human Dimensions of Global Change: GEOG331 (3 credits)

Economic Geography: GEOG332 (3 credits)

Choose one Advanced Integrated Course (3 credits)

Land Use, Climate Change, and Sustainability: GEOG415 (3 credits)

Modeling Human-Environment Interactions: GEOG416 (3 credits

Cultural and Natural Resource Management: GEOG431 (3 credits)

Coastal Oceans: GEOG441 (3 credits)

Biogeography & Environmental Change: GEOG442 (3 credits)

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