Geomatics - Bachelor of Science in Geomatics

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 recourse 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 as a degree completion program.  As part of the curriculum requirements, students must complete college level work that includes:

  • Calculus I & II, Statistics, Physics I & II,
  • Computer Drafting I, Computer Programming,
  • Plane Surveying, and Introduction to GIS.

See the entire ET/SUR Course Listing.

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: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (or eqivalent can be from Transfer Credits) 23-4
Calculus for the Technical Student I
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences 11
Two Area III: Laboratory Sciences (8 credits)
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (or eqivalent can be from Transfer Credits)
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory (or eqivalent can be from Transfer Credits)
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory (or eqivalent can be from Transfer Credits)
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory (or eqivalent can be from Transfer Credits)
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 14
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (or eqivalent can be from Transfer Credits) 23-4
Calculus for the Technical Student II
Viewing A Wider World6
Viewing a Wider World (VWW) Elective (from college other than Engineering and Arts and Sciences) 3
Engineering Ethics (required or equivalent Ethics course)3
Departmental/College Requirements
Transferred Credits 15
Transfer credits will also include the Calculus I & II and the Physics I &II requirements that will be counted in the General Education requirements (for a total of 29-31)
A Statistics Course 4
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I (or eqivalent)3
Statistical Applications
A Computer Drafting I Course 4
Computer Drafting Fundamentals (or eqivalent)3
Survey Drafting Applications
A Computer Programming Course 4
Software Technology I (or eqivalent)3
C++ Programming I
A Plane Surveying Course (or equivalent) 4
Plane Surveying (or eqivalent)3
Surveying Fundamentals
An Introduction to GIS Course (or equivalent) 4
Introduction to LIS (or eqivalent)3
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems
Program Specific Requirements
BLAW 316Legal Environment of Business3
or BLAW 325 Real Estate Principles and Law I
E T 355Site/Land Development and Layout3
E T 421Senior Project3
GEOG 481Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)4
I E 451Engineering Economy3
MATH 280Introduction to Linear Algebra3
or MATH 480 Matrix Theory and Applied Linear Algebra
SUR 285Precise Digital Mapping3
SUR 292Public Land Survey System Boundaries3
SUR 312Legal Principles and Boundary Law I3
SUR 328Construction Surveying & Automation Technologies3
SUR 351Spatial Data Adjustment I3
SUR 361Geodesy/Geodetic Control Surveying3
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 Geomatics3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 512
Total Credits120

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes students have completed the General Education requirements, which include the Mathematics prerequisites to start with MATH 280 Introduction to Linear Algebra or MATH 480 Matrix Theory and Applied Linear Algebra. 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 60 Credits of General Education and Electives 1 29
Second Year
Transfer 60 Credits General Education and Electives 1 30
Third Year
BLAW 316
Legal Environment of Business
or Real Estate Principles and Law I
MATH 280
Introduction to Linear Algebra
or Matrix Theory and Applied Linear Algebra
SUR 292 Public Land Survey System Boundaries 3
SUR 328 Construction Surveying & Automation Technologies 3
SUR 361 Geodesy/Geodetic Control Surveying 3
E T 355 Site/Land Development and Layout 3
SUR 285 Precise Digital Mapping 3
SUR 312 Legal Principles and Boundary Law I 3
SUR 351 Spatial Data Adjustment I 3
SUR 461 GNSS Positioning 3
Fourth Year
I E 451 Engineering Economy 3
SUR 451 Spatial Data Adjustment II 3
SUR 485 Emerging Techniques in Geomatics 3
SUR 464 Legal Principles and Boundary Law II 3
Viewing a Wider World 2 3
E T 421 Senior Project 3
GEOG 481 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS) 4
PHIL 323V Engineering Ethics 3
SUR 452 Spatial Data Integration and Analysis 3
Elective Course 3 3
 Total Credits120