Advanced Photogrammetry and Mapping with UAS—Graduate Certificate

Online Education for Working Professionals

Prepare for the mapping use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Drone flying over a bridge.

Meet the industry demand for skills in the exploration of geospatial data.

Gain applied geospatial science and technology skills, including sensors and their calibration methods. Learn digital photogrammetry and photogrammetric computer vision. Engage in UAS flight planning and Earth Observation Systems (EOS) imagery photogrammetric processing. Formulate digital representations of 2D products and 3D models. Expand your career in geospatial engineering and integrated geospatial technology, civil engineering, forestry, geosciences, computational sciences, and computer engineering.  Be prepared for the professional certifications as ASPRS Mapping Scientists or UAS Scientists. Photogrammetry jobs pay an average of $78,810 per year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dated May 2023.

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How to Apply

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Admissions requirement BS degree
Contact Angela Keranen
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum. Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

Required Courses

Take 6 credits of required courses.


Take a 3-credit elective course.

Typical Schedule

The minimum completion time is one semester.

Fall Spring
SU 4140 SU 5540
SU 5541

Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Solve photogrammetric engineering problems, and apply their solution to real world application scenarios.
  2. Process photogrammetrically UAS and satellite imagery to extract positionally accurate geospatial information.

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Online Certified Instructors

Meet the online certified instructors. Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Jeffery Hollingsworth

Jeffery Hollingsworth

Professor of Practice, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Mr. Hollingsworth has most recently taught courses in (1) Geospatial Monitoring of Engineering Structures and Geodynamic Processes and (2) Surveying Computations and Adjustments.

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Eugene Levin, CP

Eugene Levin, CP

Adjunct Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Levin's teaching interests include Earth observation systems, geodesy, photogrammetry, geospatial technologies, global positioning systems, remote sensing, cartography, and much more.

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