Bachelor of Science in Geomatics

The Department of Geomatics at UAA offers curriculum leading to a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics.  Students in the baccalaureate program have a choice of three emphasis areas: Surveying, Geospatial Science or Geo-developer.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics prepares students for a wide variety of professional-level opportunities.  Since Alaska poses unique geomatic challenges, the curriculum emphasizes northern principles and practices, making UAA graduates highly recruited in the Alaska marketplace and eligible for employment worldwide.  Students will find employment in private industry, government, and municipal agencies.  Geomaticians working at the professional level enjoy responsibility and a choice of indoor and outdoor employment with many opportunities for advancement and diversification.

Course Sequence and Program Requirements

There are three Geomatics BS degrees available.  One emphasizes surveying.  One emphasizes Geospatial Science.  The third, Geo-developer, emphasizes computer programming for Geospatial Science. All three degrees contain a common core of courses.   For all concentrations, in order to accommodate course prerequisites and scheduling, it is highly recommended that students follow the course sequence to fulfill program requirements:

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Geomatics:

  • Have attempted NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying examination or other professional certification/registration, e.g. FS, PS, CP or GISP, as appropriate for their career path in a geomatics discipline
  • Obtain membership in one or more professional organizations relevant to their career of choice.
  • Be employed in the fields within the geomatics disciplines, including surveying of various types, mapping and cartography, GIS/LIS, remote sensing, geodesy, photogrammetry or hydrographic surveying.
  • Continue their professional development by participating in professional development courses or sessions, or complete higher education courses.
  • Teach at least one workshop or training session, make one conference presentation, or publish one article relevant to their career.

Admission Requirements

Complete the Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.


Students seeking the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geomatics should prepare for entrance into the program by completing the following high school courses:

  • Mathematics - Algebra II, trigonometry
  • Science - Natural sciences such as chemistry, physics, biology or geology
  • English Composition - Skill level as demonstrated by ACT, SAT or approved placement test to qualify for enrollment in WRTG A111

The University offers courses to help students without this preparation to meet the skill level required in the geomatics program. Insufficient preparation will increase the number of semesters required to complete the degree.


All undergraduate students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise.

Students are encouraged to consult the faculty in the Department of Geomatics for assistance in designing their course of study to ensure that all prerequisites have been met and that university and degree requirements are understood and followed.

Academic Requirements

A student who is unable to earn a minimum satisfactory grade of C in the major requirement courses during their initial enrollment may attempt to earn a satisfactory grade one additional time on a space-available basis. Failure to earn a minimum grade of C on the second attempt may result in removal from the geomatics program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  3. Complete the following major requirements with a minimum grade of C:
Core Courses
Complete 15 credits from the following with at least one lab:15
Solar System Astronomy
and Solar System Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Oceanography
and Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes
and Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory
Earth Systems: Elements of Physical Geography
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Laboratory
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Complete the following courses:
BA A300Organizational Theory and Behavior3
ESM A450Economic Analysis and Operations3
GEO A146Geomatics Computations I3
GEO A156
Geospatial Measurement I
and Geospatial Measurement I Laboratory
GEO A246Geomatics Computations II3
GEO A267Boundary Law I3
GEO A357Photogrammetry3
GEO A359Geodesy and Map Projections3
GEO A364Spatial Data Adjustments I3
GEO A460Geomatics Capstone Project3
GEO A466
and Geopositioning Laboratory
GIS A101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS A201Intermediate Geographic Information Systems3
GIS A351Remote Sensing3
College Algebra for Calculus
and Trigonometry
or MATH A155 Precalculus
MATH A251Calculus I4
MATH A252Calculus II4
PHIL A305Professional Ethics3
STAT A253Applied Statistics for the Sciences4
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
Complete one of the following:3-4
Calculus III
Linear Algebra
Intermediate Statistics for the Sciences

Choose one of the following concentration areas: surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), or developer.

Surveying Concentration
GEO A157Computer-Aided Drafting for Surveyors3
GEO A256
Engineering Surveying
and Engineering Surveying Laboratory
GEO A266
Geospatial Measurement II
and Geospatial Measurement II Laboratory
GEO A366Spatial Data Adjustments II3
GEO A369Cadastral Surveys3
GEO A410High-Density Surveying3
GEO A457Boundary Law II3
PEP A112First Aid and CPR for Professionals1
Complete 3 credits from the following:3
City and Regional Planning
Land Development and Design
Point Cloud Analysis
Hydrographic Surveying
Selected Advanced Topics in Geomatics
Spatial Data Structures
Spatial Data Management
Spatial Analysis
Image Analysis
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration
GEO A410High-Density Surveying3
GEO A420Point Cloud Analysis3
GIS A301Spatial Data Structures3
GIS A458Spatial Data Management3
GIS A466Spatial Analysis3
GIS A467Image Analysis3
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Computer Programming I
Object-Oriented Programming I
Database Systems
Computer-Aided Drafting for Surveyors
Engineering Surveying
and Engineering Surveying Laboratory
Geospatial Measurement II
and Geospatial Measurement II Laboratory
City and Regional Planning
Land Development and Design
Spatial Data Adjustments II
Hydrographic Surveying
Selected Advanced Topics in Geomatics
First Aid and CPR for Professionals
Developer Concentration
CSCE A201Computer Programming I4
CSCE A222Object-Oriented Programming I3
CSCE A360Database Systems3
GEO A420Point Cloud Analysis3
GIS A301Spatial Data Structures3
GIS A458Spatial Data Management3
GIS A466Spatial Analysis3
GIS A467Image Analysis3

 A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 must be upper-division.

Honors in Geomatics

Undergraduate students may be recognized for exceptional performance by earning departmental honors in geomatics. In order to receive honors, a student must meet each of the following requirements:

  1. Complete all requirements for a BS in Geomatics.
  2. Meet the UAA requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  3. Have a GPA of 3.50 or higher in their courses required for the major. Document a minimum of eight weeks of work experience while a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage in Geomatics or related position.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the BS in Geomatics gain four years of education credit toward obtaining a Professional Land Surveyor license in Alaska.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.