Credit: 3 graduate 
Instructor(s): Scott Powell

Course Description

This course focuses on the science and applications of remote sensing in environmental science. Students will gain an understanding of the basics of remote sensing science geared towards critical interpretation of the applications of remote sensing in environmental science. The content of the course is based on a combination of readings from a textbook and the primary literature and will hinge on in-depth interactions via online discussion. In addition, students will be exposed to hands-on exercises in basic digital image processing and analysis.

Meeting Place and Times

Participants login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend at least 8 - 10 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Scott Powell, PhD. Scott is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, and is affiliated with the Spatial Sciences Center. His research focuses on the use of geospatial data to characterize landscape patterns and ecosystem processes. The overarching theme of his research is the quantification and monitoring of carbon sequestration at broad spatial and temporal scales, including forest ecosystems, dryland agricultural systems, and human-engineered geologic sequestration sites. His research relies on the integration of remote sensing imagery (both satellite and airborne), GIS, GPS, and field data.


A Bachelors degree, courses in general ecology and statistics.

Target Audience

Students in the M.S. in LRES online degree program, as well as working professionals who want to increase their knowledge in the topic, such as federal agency employees, environmental consultants, non-governmental organization employees, and others interested in remote sensing and environmental science.

Time Commitment:

8-10 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

See the Online Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid page.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • TDB

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact Marni Rolston

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

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