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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Courses

There are 9 credit hours of classes for all Remote Sensing IGEP students (choose three of the four classes listed below), plus a 1-credit seminar every semester the student is on campus (Not available to those awarded with Candidacy Status Tuition Reduction). The remaining credit hours (required for all Virginia Tech students) will be decided by the student and their committee.

Mandatory Classes (Choose 3):

  1. Remote Sensing Principles & Technology (ECE 5194)
  2. Remote Sensing of Natural Resources (FOR 5254)
  3. Introduction to Science and Technology Policy (STS 5614)
  4. Remote Sensing in the Social Sciences (AAEC/FREC/GEOG 5544)

Note that by completing the coursework requirement all Remote Sensing IGEP students will automatically qualify for the proposed Remote Sensing Certificate.


Seminar requirement

Every spring, on-campus students enrolled in the Remote Sensing IGEP are required to take the GIS and Remote Sensing (FREC/GEOG 5104, 1 credit hour).

Every fall, on-campus students enrolled in the Remote Sensing IGEP are required to take the graduate schools Remote Sensing IGEP seminar class. This is currently called GRAD 5134 Interdisciplinary Research in Remote Sensing.

(Not available to those awarded with Candidacy Status Tuition Reduction)

Advising

You will be strongly encouraged to work with your departmental advisors to find and interact with co-advisors in other departments.

The remote sensing restricted electives, along with any other coursework required to satisfy the home department or the Virginia Tech Graduate School, should be decided through consultation between the student and their advising committee.


Interdisciplinary Experience Requirement

An internship, lab rotation, or similar first-hand experience outside the disciplinary home of the student is required for all Remote Sensing IGEP students.

In addition, all Remote Sensing IGEP students must conduct explicitly interdisciplinary research for the PhD work.