Geophysical Information Systems (GIS) and Satellite Remote Sensing

At least 15 hours of coursework from the following:

UAH Course # Course Title (Credits) 
ESS 407 Environmental Threats, Public Policy and Decision Making (3)
ESS 409 Applications of Computers in Meteorology (3) 
ESS 411 Introductions to GIS (3)
ESS 413 GIS and Image Processing (3) (Required)
ESS 414 Geospatial Applications (3) 
ESS 415 Advanced Topics in GIS (3)
gis remote-sensing

Additionally, PH 111/114, PH 112/115, CH 121/125, CH 123/126, MA 171, 172, 201, CS 102, 121 and 221 are required ancillary courses, some of which may satisfy General Education Requirements.

  • Suggested Minor: Computer Science or Minor

** See website for more information


Sample Four-Year Plan: Earth Systems Science Major

Geophysical Information Systems and Remote Sensing Specialty, Computer Science Minor option

Year 1

Fall Hrs  Spring Hrs 
EH 101 Freshman Composition GER 3 EH 102 Freshman Composition GER 3
ESS 111 Climate and Global Change 4 ESS 102 Physical Geology 4
MA 171 Calculus A 4 MA 172 Calculus B 4
FYE 101 First Year Experience 1 CS 102 Intro to C Programming GER 3
CM 113 Intro Rhetorical Communicat GER 3 *Area II, IV, or V GER 3
CS 105 CS Seminar: Ethics & Professionalism 1
Total 16 Total 17

Year 2

Fall Hrs  Spring Hrs 
CH 121/125 General Chemistry I/Lab 3/1 CH 123/126 General Chemistry II/Lab 3/1
PHL 202 Introduction to Ethics GER 3 PH 111/114 General Physics w/ Calc I/Lab 3/1
MA 201 Calculus C 4 ST 281 Elements of Statistical Analysis 3
CS 121 Computer Science I 3 CS 221 Computer Science II: Data Structures 3
Area II, IV, or V GER 3 Area II, IV, or V GER 3
Total 17 Total 17

Year 3

Fall Hrs  Spring Hrs 
ESS 321 Pollution Problems 3 ESS 305 Hydrology 3
ESS 411 Introduction to GIS 3 ESS 370 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
CS 317 Intro Design & Analysis of Algorithms 3 ESS 413 GIS and Image Processing 3
PH 112/115 General Physics w/ Calc I/Lab 3/1 BYS 119 Principles of Biology 4
Area II, IV, or V GER 3 Area II, IV, or V GER 3
Total 16 Total 16

Year 4

Fall Hrs  Spring Hrs 
ESS 409 Applications of Computers in Meteorology 3 ESS 407 Enviro Threat, Public Policy, & Decision Making 3
ESS 414 Geospatial Applications 3 ESS 415 Advanced Topics in GIS 3
EH 301 Tech Writing GER 3 ESS 499 UG Research 3
CS 325 Professionalism and Computing Ethics 3 CS 321 Intro Object-Oriented Prog in Java 3
Area II, IV, or V GER 3 CS 487 Database Systems 3
Total 15 Total 15
Grand Total 128+

*Area II, IV or V General Education Requirements (GER):  See Earth Systems Science major, General education requirements course listings for appropriate course selections.