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Remote Sensing

Learn how to interpret satellite images, process digital images and understand the theoretical basis for remote sensing and aerial imaging platforms.

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1 Year
Advanced Diploma

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Remote Sensing is the study of earth observation systems and applications. In practice, it is usually associated with applied computer analysis of digital geospatial imagery.

Remote Sensing is a rapidly expanding discipline with multiple applications in forestry, geology, defence/intelligence, disaster management, conservation, oceanography, meteorology, urban analysis and agriculture.

With hands-on experience using industry standard software, learn how to:

  • interpret satellite images and process digital images
  • understand the theoretical basis for remote sensing and aerial imaging platforms.

Remote Sensing is closely aligned with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

This program is located at NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). COGS is the Lawrencetown site of Annapolis Valley Campus

Other info

  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
COGS Lawrencetown Full time In-class Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or diploma in a related field of study such as archaeology, geography, forestry, geology, resource management, urban planning, science engineering, computer science, marketing, commerce, economics or business administration.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • You are qualified to work as a remote sensing analyst, an image analysis specialist or GIS specialist.
  • Graduates are tracking environmental changes for use in weather prediction. They're helping natural resource companies find new sources of opportunities such as potential new diamond mines. Some grads have been employed by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Canadian Hydrographic Service and the Department of Mines and Energy.
  • Other graduates can go on to work in the public and private sector in Canada, the USA and abroad.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including your math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB)

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