Geomatics - Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Online)

Geomatics is a rapidly developing engineering discipline that focuses on acquiring and analyzing precise spatial information. Geomatics engineers use a variety of technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, High-Definition 3D Laser scanners, High-resolution satellite images, and Geographic Information Systems. They measure terrestrial and three-dimensional positions of points on, above, and below the earth’s surface and the distance and angles between them at a high level of precision. Geomatics engineers aid in the design of infrastructure including roads, bridges and legal boundaries for ownership. They provide precise data for natural resource managers, subdivision developers, and coastal monitoring systems.  

The program is designed to provide cutting-edge industrial needs as well as to meet the educational requirements for registration as a Professional Land Surveyor in different states.

The mission of the Department of ETSE is to provide men and women with the rigorous, fundamental education needed to enter and succeed in the Geomatics and related professions. To accomplish this mission, the department will introduce students to the theory and application of recognized geomatics principles.

The Geomatics degree is offered online. Students can start as freshmen or transfer. As part of the curriculum requirements, transfer students must complete college-level work that includes General Education Area I, IV, V, and VI (19 credit: see the General Education section of this catalog for a full list of courses), Calculus I and II (6-8 credit), Physics I (4 -credit), elective science with lab (4 credit), computer drafting (3 credit), statistics (A ST 311 or equivalent: 3 credit), computer programming (3 credit), plane surveying (3 credit), introduction to GIS (3-4 credit), surveying/civil drafting (3 credit), and approved electives to bring total transfer credits to 59.

Requirements (120 Credits)

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Students must also take the Fundamentals of Surveying examination prior to graduation.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications 110
English Composition - Level 1
English Composition - Level 2
Oral Communication
Area II: Mathematics 1
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 23-4
or MATH 1435 Applications of Calculus I
Area III: Laboratory Sciences 18
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
Calculus -Based Physics I
and Calculus -Based Physics I Lab
One additional Area III: Laboratory Sciences for 4 credits 1
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences 13
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 1
MATH 1521GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II 23-4
or MATH 1440 Applications of Calculus II
Viewing A Wider World 16
Departmental/College Requirements
The Geomatics degree is offered online. Students can start as freshmen or transfer. 4, 5
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
BLAW 2110Business Law I3
or BLAW 316 Legal Environment of Business
or BLAW 325 Real Estate Principles and Law I
C S 151C++ Programming3
or C S 152 Java Programming
or C S 153 Python Programming I
E T 109Computer Drafting Fundamentals3
E T 143Civil/Survey Drafting I3
E T 355Site/Land Development and Layout3
GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 481Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)4
I E 451Engineering Economy3
MATH 2415Introduction to Linear Algebra 33
or MATH 2530G Calculus III
or MATH 377 Introduction to Numerical Methods
or MATH 391 Vector Analysis
or MATH 392 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
Program-Specific Requirements
SUR 222Introduction to Geomatics3
SUR 285Precise Digital Mapping3
SUR 292Legal Principles and Boundary Law I3
SUR 312Public Land Survey System Boundaries3
SUR 328Construction Surveying & Automation Technologies3
SUR 351Spatial Data Adjustment I3
SUR 361Geodesy/Geodetic Control Surveying3
SUR 401Ethics and Professionalism in Surveying and Mapping3
SUR 450Senior Project3
SUR 451Spatial Data Adjustment II3
SUR 452Spatial Data Integration and Analysis3
SUR 461GNSS Positioning3
SUR 464Legal Principles and Boundary Law II3
SUR 485Emerging Techniques in Geospatial Technologies3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 57-5
Total Credits120

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on the students' transfer credits, some courses may need to be completed in addition to the ones listed below. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
Transfer 29 Credits 1, 4, 5 29
Second Year
Transfer 30 Credits 1, 4, 5 30
Third Year
BLAW 2110
Business Law I
or Legal Environment of Business
or Real Estate Principles and Law I
MATH 2415
Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
or Calculus III
or Introduction to Numerical Methods
or Vector Analysis
or Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
SUR 292 Legal Principles and Boundary Law I 3
SUR 361 Geodesy/Geodetic Control Surveying 3
Viewing a Wider World 1 3
E T 355 Site/Land Development and Layout 3
SUR 285 Precise Digital Mapping 3
SUR 312 Public Land Survey System Boundaries 3
SUR 328 Construction Surveying & Automation Technologies 3
SUR 351 Spatial Data Adjustment I 3
Fourth Year
GEOG 481 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS) 4
I E 451 Engineering Economy 3
SUR 451 Spatial Data Adjustment II 3
SUR 464 Legal Principles and Boundary Law II 3
SUR 485 Emerging Techniques in Geospatial Technologies 3
SUR 401 Ethics and Professionalism in Surveying and Mapping 3
SUR 450 Senior Project 3
SUR 452 Spatial Data Integration and Analysis 3
SUR 461 GNSS Positioning 3
Viewing a Wider World 1 3
 Total Credits120