Introduction to Geomatics - BS

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.


ABET, Inc. Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET,  
Additional information relating to enrollment and graduation can be found on the UAA College of Engineering site.  Click here to access that information.

Program Educational Objectives

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

  1. Have attempted the ALES Board's Fundamentals of Surveying examination, if they are pursuing careers in the surveying area.
  2. Have attempted equivalent professional certification or registration, e.g., CP, or GISP, as appropriate to their career path, if they are pursuing careers in the non-surveying area.
  3. Obtain membership in one or more professional organizations relevant to their career of choice.
  4. 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.
  5. Continue their professional development by participating in professional development courses or sessions, or complete higher education courses.
  6. Teach at least one workshop or training session, make one conference presentation, or publish one article relevant to their career.


Student Learning Outcomes

 In keeping with the program educational objectives, it is expected that graduates of the UAA Bachelor of Science in Geomatics program will have:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and general physics.
  2. An ability to collect, analyze and interpret data in all of the recognized surveying and mapping areas; 
  3. An ability to identify, formulate, and design a geomatics system, component or process to meet desired needs; 
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary as well as on interdisciplinary teams; 
  5. An ability to think critically and to solve geomatics problems creatively and constructively; 
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; 
  7. An ability to communicate effectively; 
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of geomatics solutions in a global and societal context; 
  9. A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in, lifelong learning; 
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues in professional practice; 
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern geomatics tools necessary for geomatics practice; and 
  12. An ability to apply knowledge in all six areas of surveying and mapping: 
    1. Field surveying and methods; 
    2. Photogrammetric mapping, image interpretation and remote sensing; 
    3. Surveying calculation and data adjustment; 
    4. Geodetic coordinates and astronomy; 
    5. Cartographic representation, projections, and map production; 
    6. Computer-based multipurpose cadastre, geographic information systems. 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted as a degree-seeking student to the Geomatics program complete the Associate Degree Programs Admission Requirements listed in Chapter 9 of the Course Catalog. Students must also demonstrate a certain level of computer competency prior to enrollment in any GEO or GIS course.  In addition, students entering the undergraduate engineering program must have completed the following high school courses with grades of "C" or better:

  • English 3 years

  • Algebra 2 years

  • Trigonometry 1/2 year

  • Physics 1 year

It is recommended that students graduating from high school without satisfactorily completing the courses noted above enroll in the necessary courses to make up deficiencies during the summer session.

Only those students admitted to the undergraduate engineering program may take courses offered by the School of Engineering at the 200-level or above. Students not admitted to the program may petition the School of Engineering to be admitted to individual courses.


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:

Bachelor of Science in Geomatics:
Emphasis in Surveying
Emphasis in Geo-developer
Emphasis in Geospatial Science