The Ph.D. minor in Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis offers course work which ranges from the fundamentals of the physics and optics of remote sensing to image processing, pattern recognition, and geographic information systems. The Program curriculum also addresses the applications of these tools in the fields of agriculture, archeology, astronomy, atmospheric sciences, geography, geology, hydrology, planetary sciences, renewable natural resources, and soil science. The curriculum is supplemented by numerous research projects in both applied and basic aspects of remote sensing. To meet the diverse needs of students, two options are offered: (a) remote sensing sciences is intended to meet the demands of students from engineering and the sciences (e.g., Electrical and Computer Engineering; Atmospheric Sciences; Optical Science), and (b) spatial analysis which is intended to meet the needs of students from disciplines that use remote sensing and geographic information systems as important tools in agriculture, natural resource management, or planning.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
Students will complete two required core courses (six units) in their selected option and six additional graduate units from the courses listed below in a program of study with prior approval of minor degree representatives on the student’s committee. Any one of the core courses, in either option, may also be used towards the six elective units, in either option. Prior approval of a proposed study plan for the minor will be made by representatives drawn from the Committee on Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, consisting of more than 20 University faculty.
Core Courses (The core courses are being evaluated by CRSSA)
Remote Sensing Sciences
OPTI 550 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing*
ECE/OPTI 531 Image Processing Laboratory for Remote Sensing*
REM 590** Remote Sensing for the Study of Planet Earth
* Courses are currently unavailable.
** crosslisted with several other Departments
Guideline: Two remote sensing courses
Plus six additional graduate units from the general curriculum, or from the Spatial Analysis core (one course maximum).
REM 590 Remote Sensing for the Study of Planet Earth, and
GRD 516 Geographic Information Systems for Geography and Regional Development, or
RNR 517 Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resources
Plus six additional graduate units from the general curriculum, or from the Remote Sensing Sciences core (one course maximum)
This program is a Ph.D. Minor Program only and the requirements are listed above.