This online course presents the technical and methodological skills needed to interpret various types of aerial images as a source of information in a variety of applications, including geography, forestry, urban planning, recreation management, crop and soil science, among many others. Lab exercises will utilize an extensive set of digital aerial images displaying a wide variety of environments (urban, rural, residential, agricultural, et cetera) where students can practice the interpretation skills discussed in the online lessons and apply them to decision-making across a variety of disciplines.

This 7-week course is eligible for Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs), as well as Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

CEUs: 6.0
SCECH Credits
: 60

Certificate: GIS (Geographic Information Science)

Offered: Spring (1), Summer (1), Fall (1). Session dates

Most Current Syllabus: Available in MSU’s GoogleDocs.

Textbook: Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 7th Edition by Thomas M. Lillesand, Ralph W. Kiefer, and Jonathan W. Chipman, 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. NY. (ISBN: 978-0-470-05245-7). Recommended (not required).

How to Register: You can easily register via MSU’s Non-Credit Registration System. Go to the NCRS, select “ONGEO 003: Remote Sensing” from the list of courses, and follow the directions provided under the “Register Now” heading.

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