photograph: The Santa Cruz River (Tucson, AZ) during a 100 year flood. The Advanced Resource Technology Group

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The ART Option within RNR Studies

Advanced Resource Technology (ART) is an option within the Renewable Natural Resources Studies Program (RNRS) which leads to a masters or doctoral degree. The RNRS degree may be pursued as a major or minor, and the ART option is one of the two or three required areas of concentration to fulfill the RNRS graduation requirements. The range of technologies included under the ART umbrella is quite broad and covers three general areas:

Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing and Image Processing
Modeling & Simulation/Artificial Intelligence

Required Courses

      RNR 517 GIS in Natural Resources

Students are expected to have a proficiency in basic computer operations and may be required by their advisor committee to take a computer programming course. "C" or "C++" programming language is suggested for all students interested in ART.

In addition to these requirements, students must take 9 credit hours from the following list. At least two of the general ART areas listed below must be represented. Selections must be approved in advance by the student's advisory committee. A doctoral minor in Remote Sensing and Spatial ANalysis is also offered by the campus-wide interdisciplinary Committee on Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis. Other non-RNR courses may be substituted with prior approval of the student's committee.

Geographic Information Systems
      GEOG 516 Computer Cartography / GIS for Geography and Regional Development
      RNR 519 Cartographic Modeling for Natural Resources
      RNR 520 Advanced GIS
      MATH 574 Introduction to Geostatistics
      WS M 569 Spatial Analysis of Hydrology and Watershed Management
      GEOG 657

Spatial Analysis

Remote Sensing and Image Processing
      GEOG 583 Geographic Applications of Remote Sensing
      ECE 531 Image Processing Laboratory for Remote Sensing
      G EN 507 Photogeology
      G EN 505 Applied Multispectral Imagery
      OPTI 550 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
      SWES 553 Remote Sensing of the Environment
      RNR 522

Resource Mapping

Modeling & Simulation/Artificial Intelligence
      ECE 575 Object-Oriented Simulation/Discrete Event Models
      ECE 679 Advances in Knowledge-based Systems
      ECOL 529 Population Interactions
      ECOL 550 Mathematical Population Dynamics
      MATH 585 Mathematical Modeling
      RNR 527 Applied Artificial Intelligence
      RNR 537 Modeling Natural Systems
      SIE 574 Decision Support Systems
      WS M 570 Watershed Process Modeling