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Faculty of Arts & Science

Remote Sensing

Are you fascinated by Google™ Earth? Are you always in-the-know about the leading edge of software and technology? Do you like thinking about the infinite breadth and depth of our environment, all the way to the outer edges of the universe? Picture your passion in Remote Sensing. Faculty of Arts & Science

What is Remote Sensing? Remote Sensing provides a new vantage point to marvel, monitor and measure our world. With the advent of Earth Observation and satellite technology, we are now able to view the planet—and our impact upon it—in real-time digital imagery.

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These images allow us to observe and quantify objects and patterns found in the earth, atmosphere, ocean and space. This fast-paced science powers the geospatial information revolution, providing the framework for new technologies like Google™ Earth and helping us to better understand things like climate change.

Remote Sensing Programs

Remote Sensing is used at a much smaller scale, producing non-invasive medical imagery such as X-rays, MRIs and scans. This technology has virtually transformed the study of the internal workings of complex organs like the brain. As a Remote Sensing student, you will study Geography, Environmental Science and Physics, as well as other topics focused on the field. You will also learn to record and interpret images using highly-specialized instruments, some of which are unique to the Remote Sensing program at the UofL. The Remote Sensing Group hosts an extensive suite of fully-equipped laboratories, with dedicated research and graduate student areas. These labs include the latest equipment and software, supporting a variety of Earth and Environmental Science studies.

You are encouraged to take part in a wide variety of activities hosted by the Geography or Physics & Astronomy Departments, as well as social events hosted by student clubs.

The Departments of Geography and Physics & Astronomy offer a major in Remote Sensing for the 40-course Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree program.

Remote Sensing Courses

Course selections will depend on prerequisites and your specific interests, but may include: • Weather & Climate • Geographical Information • Engineering Mechanics Systems • Waves, Optics & Sound • Computer Mapping • Physics of Remote Sensing • Glacial Processes, Measurements • Geomorphology & Models • Geographical Data & Analysis • Quantum Mechanics • Spatial Modelling • Electricity & Magnetism • Elementary Linear Algebra • Electromagnetic Interaction • Calculus • Data Structures & Algorithms • Atmospheric Analysis • Computer Graphics • Earth Sciences • Statistical Inference For more information, see your Program Planning Guide or speak to an Academic Advisor.

Honours Thesis

If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an Undergraduate Thesis courses in either Geography or Physics. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree. Contact the Department for information.

Throughout my degree, I’ve gained invaluable experiences that have helped me pin down my future career in Remote Sensing. The program has given me the opportunity to develop highly sophisticated techniques I can use to aid in solving real-world problems. Subir Chowdhury

What Are Your Future Prospects? Skills Acquired

In the program, you will develop a highly sought-after skill set. In addition to building exceptional communication skills, you will expand your critical and analytical problem-solving skills, research and information management skills and improve your attention to detail. You will leave the program with a strong ability to summarize research findings, excellent fieldwork and risk assessment techniques, as well as an in-depth knowledge of environmental and social issues.

Graduate Studies

Research is traditionally undertaken by those holding a Master’s Degree (MSc) or a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). Your undergraduate degree will prepare you for post-graduate studies, whether you choose to pursue your Master’s here at the UofL or at another institution.

Professional Disciplines

Related Fields

Employment in Remote Sensing has an exceptionally bright outlook. As a graduate in this emerging field, your skills will be in demand across a wide range of sectors— from corporate energy giants to specialized government departments. Here are just a few of the options that may be open to you: • Geospatial Technology Companies • Mining Corporations (Google, Microsoft) • Remote Sensing Companies • Survey Firms • Space Agencies • Mapping Companies • Geographical Information • Aerospace Engineering Firms Companies • Positioning & Navigation • Computer Graphics Businesses Businesses • Public Utilities • Building or Defence Contractors • Government Departments • Petroleum & Energy Producers

Your degree in Remote Sensing provides an excellent foundation for Management, Engineering or Environmental Law.

Our Faculty Members & Their Research Faculty members are happy to involve undergraduates in their research projects, using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Our faculty members often collaborate with other departments, community members and employers on research projects, giving you the opportunity to get additional hands-on experience. In addition to ongoing departmental research projects, you may have the opportunity to participate in field studies or gain employment experience with researchers at Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, the Canadian Space Agency and the Alberta Conservation Association, among others.

Current Research & Areas of Interest: • • • • • • •

Atmospheric Trace Gases Correction of Satellite Image Data Properties of the Earth’s Surfaces Remote Sensing Applications Hyperspectral Imaging Imaging Spectrometry Image Classification

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Texture Analysis Spectral Mixture Analysis Image Processing Analysis Methodologies Molecular Structures Laboratory & Field Analyses Instrumentation Sensor Radiometric Calibration Vegetation Modeling & Inversion

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Put Your Knowledge to Work

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects or by testing your knowledge in a real-life setting, we can help. Combined with your required coursework, the programs and courses outlined below will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career—whatever direction you decide to go.

Research & Independent Studies

In addition to your regular courses, you have the opportunity to participate in Independent Studies. You’re able to contribute to departmental activities by volunteering on research projects or through employment as a Research Assistant.

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Applied Studies

Applied Studies is another special opportunity offered to all Arts & Science students as a way to earn course credit for career-related paid, volunteer or Community Service work experience. This program is specially designed to allow you to integrate principles learned in the classroom in a practical work setting. For more information on Applied Studies, visit:

Co-operative Education & Internships

You may also be able to enrol in undergraduate thesis-based courses where research is a component of your studies. There are field school opportunities available in some disciplines, as well as many opportunities to study abroad.

The Faculty of Arts & Science is proud to offer you the chance to participate in our award-winning Co-op Program—the only one of its kind in Alberta. Co-op allows you to gain work experience directly related to your studies and make invaluable contacts in the workforce, all while earning a competitive salary. Completion of the program allows you to receive a Co-op designation on your degree and, most importantly, a kick-start to your career the minute you graduate.

For current Research or Independent Studies opportunities, contact the Department directly.

For more information on Co-operative Education & Internships, visit:

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*This brochure should be used in conjunction with the University of Lethbridge calendar, which is the final authority regarding program requirements and academic regulations.

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