Geomatics - Bachelor of Science in Geomatics

Geomatics (previously known as Surveying Engineering) in the College of Engineering at NMSU will emphasizes the techniques and science of measuring the terrestrial and three-dimensional position of points on, above, and below the earth’s surface and the distance and angles between them at a high level of precision to aid in the design of infrastructure including roads, bridges and legal boundaries for ownership as well as to meet the educational requirements for employment in industry and registration as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of New Mexico.

When performing this work, professionals must have an understanding of: the science of geomatics measurement and analysis; the legal principles of boundary location; the laws related to boundaries and land use; and applicable mathematical and computational theories and principles. Geomatics professionals may work for private surveying, construction, and engineering firms, for City, County, State or Federal Highway Departments, for State Lands Commissions, for the US Forest Service and for the US Bureau of Land Management as examples.

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.

Requirements (120 Credits)

General Education
State of New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Written Communications Elective (ENGL 218G Recommended) 13
Oral Communications Elective (COMM 265G Recommended) 13
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Laboratory Sciences
PHYS 215GEngineering Physics I3
or PHYS 211G General Physics I
PHYS 215GLEngineering Physics I Laboratory1
or PHYS 211GL General Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 216GEngineering Physics II3
or PHYS 212G General Physics II
PHYS 216GLEngineering Physics II Laboratory1
or PHYS 212GL General Physics II Laboratory
Choose from GEOL 111G, GEOL 212G, GEOG 111G, C S 171G, ASTR 110G, ASTR 105G4
Areas IV & V: Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities and Fine Arts: Select 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least 6 credits from each area:15
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences: (ECON 251G or 252G recommended)
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts:
Two Viewing a Wider World (VWW) Electives (must be from two different colleges) 16
Engineering Ethics (required or equivalent Ethics course)3
Program Specific Requirements
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 280Introduction to Linear Algebra3
or MATH 480 Matrix Theory and Applied Linear Algebra
STAT 371Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I3
or A ST 311 Statistical Applications
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering3
DRFT 109Computer Drafting Fundamentals3
or DRFT 153 Survey Drafting Applications
BLAW 325Real Estate Principles and Law I3
or BLAW 316 Legal Environment of Business
E T 262Software Technology I3
or OECS 192 C++ Programming I
Suverying Engineering
SUR 222Plane Surveying3
or DRFT 222 Surveying Fundamentals
SUR 264Introduction to LIS3
or GEOG 381 Cartography and Geographic Information Systems
SUR 285Precise Digital Mapping3
SUR 312Legal Principles and Boundary Law I3
SUR 328Construction Surveying & Automation Technologies3
SUR 322Laser Scanning Mapping Technologies3
SUR 351Introductory Spatial Data Adjustment I3
E T 355Site/Land Development and Layout3
SUR 361Introduction to Geodesy/Geodetic Control Surveying3
SUR 451Advanced Survey Measurements, Analysis, and Adjustments3
SUR 452Spatial Data Integration and Analysis3
SUR 461GNSS Positioning3
SUR 464Legal Principles and Boundary Law II3
SUR 498Emerging Technology in Geomatics3
GEOG 481Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS & T)4
I E 451Engineering Economy3
E T 420Senior Internship2
or E T 421 Senior Project
Total Credits120

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.