Remote Sensing, Earth & Space Science

The Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Sciences focus area is a field that embodies a broad multidisciplinary approach. The expected competency at the graduating Masters level in the RSESS focus area is to have completed course work in four primary topics of study

  1. Data or Numerical Analysis Methods,
  2. Instrumentation Fundamentals,
  3. Physical Sciences of Earth and Space and
  4. Astrodynamics or Aerospace Engineering Systems. 

RSESS Faculty

A total of 30 semester hours (including courses and thesis hours), at least 24 semester hours of which must be completed at the 5000 level or above, and at least 18 semester hours of ASEN courses. See current or previous ASEN handbooks as applicable.

Students must fulfill a graduate project requirement (6 credit hours) consisting of either: (1) MS thesis, (2) Graduate Projects I and II, or (3) required courses leading to an approved Certificate. Note: MS students interested in using the Remote Sensing Certificate for their degree requirements in lieu of an MS thesis or Graduate Projects I and II are required to take an additional course from topics #1, #2, or #3 (above). Courses taken to meet topic #4 cannot be used to meet the addtional course requirement.

Graduate Projects (ASEN 5018/6028) is a two-semester course sequence designed to expose MS and PhD students to project management and systems engineering disciplines while working a complex aerospace engineering project as part of a project team. The course is also open to students in other engineering departments with the approval of the project professor.

The MS thesis must consist of original and independent research conducted by the graduate student under the supervision of the faculty advisor. The thesis topic must be related to the major field. The thesis must:

  1. Represent the equivalent of 6 semester hours of course work.
  2. Comply in mechanical features with the University of Colorado Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Specifications.
  3. Be filed with the Graduate School by posted deadlines for the semester for which the degree is to be conferred.

The examination committee for the MS thesis will consist of three graduate faculty members. 

The expected competency at the PhD level is to advance the four primary topics within RSESS by complementary theory and analysis obtained through course work offered at the 6000 level and above, and by research activities in developing the PhD thesis.

Required courses needed to specialize in the RSESS focus area are:

  1. One course in Data or Numerical Analysis
  2. One course in Instrumentation
  3. One course in Physical Science
  4. One course in Astrodynamics or Aerospace Engineering Systems
  5. PhD students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the remote sensing seminar and present their research.

See the Graduate Handbook for the complete listing of RSESS courses in each topic area.