Welcome to the home of the Geomatics program at North Carolina A&T State University. Our program is housed in the School of Technology under the Department of Built Environment and is the only four year program in Geomatics in the state of North Carolina.
So what is Geomatics? It is a broad term that covers about any area of study and professional practice that uses measurements to determine locations on the earth's surface. For a comprehensive overview of the area of Geomatics (aka Surveying) check out the Be a Surveyor website. You will be able to study and work in the areas of photogrammetry, traditional boundary surveying, construction, hydrography, geodesy, geographic information systems (GIS), forensic surveying, manufacturing, and about any other area that uses measurements.
The program in Geomatics is the only four-year program in the state of North Carolina that prepares students for professional licensure. The program is unique in design, allowing an easy transition for students coming from community college survey and civil technology programs, traditional campus students, as well as providing an opportunity for distance learning through upper-level on-line classes.
The curriculum has an emphasis in the areas of math, science, technology, and geospatial analysis. Courses included are Land Surveying, Boundary and Survey Law, Photogrammetry, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Route Surveying, Automation, Geodetic Science, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Adjustment Computations. Geomatics has applications in all disciplines that depend on spatial data, including, surveying, civil engineering, mapping sciences, geographic information systems (GIS), geodesy, photogrammetry, and remote sensing. It is an integrated approach to the measurement, analysis, management, storage and display of descriptive, geographically-referenced earth-base data. This data comes from many sources including earth orbiting satellites, air and sea-borne sensors, and ground-based instruments.
The Geomatics program is seeking ABET accreditation under the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC). The following state the program’s Mission Statement, the Program Educational Objectives, and the Student Outcomes.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science program in Geomatics is to encourage our students to use their educational experience and discipline-related knowledge to work productively and efficiently in their area of expertise as well as contributing to the safety and protection, welfare and quality of life of mankind and the community.
Program Educational Objectives
1. Graduates will be gainfully employed in the area of Geomatics and will have passed the Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam.
2. Graduate will have the knowledge and skills to meet the educational requirements to become a professional licensed surveyor in North Carolina.
3. Graduates will continue to learn and adapt to changing technologies, procedures and concepts in Geomatics.
4. Graduates will demonstrate that they possess skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively in roles of leadership and service in the communities where they will live and work and that they are productive in the area of Geomatics contributing to the welfare, quality of life, protection, and advancement of the community.
General Criteria (a) through (k) of ASAC
a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.
Program Specific Student Outcomes
- Graduates can function as a professional in the required working environment
- Graduates can adapt to the rapid changes in technology and regulatory environment
- Graduates will demonstrate technical competency, knowledge of surveying law, and the ability to adapt to changing work environments