Remote Sensing of Environmental Change MinorSatellite Imagery

Extreme environmental events are becoming more common in this time of global environmental change and it is essential that today's students be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be leaders in understanding the upheaval that these extreme environmental events are causing.

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. The minor will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to apply the latest geographic science concepts and techniques in exploring, planning for, and responding to environmental events. These skills are in great demand in fields such as public policy, sustainable development, disaster preparedness, mitigation, and adaption, in the private, nonprofit, and governmental sectors.

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. GEOG students are also welcome to enroll in this minor.

To declare, fill out the registration form. A Geographical Sciences Advisor will contact you in 3-5 business days to confirm enrollment. 

Students may declare a minor in any semester, regardless of how many courses they have completed, EXCEPT the semester in which they intend to graduate. 

Any questions may be directed to geog-advise [at] Students may also schedule an appointment with a Geographical Sciences Advisor.

RSEC Minor Requirements

  • 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-” (2.0) or better.
  • No more than six credits are to be included in the minor and student's major, supporting courses, and college requirements.
  • No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor.

For a full major curriculum sheet with specific course requirements, please see our Curriculum Guides & Advising Forms page.