College of Science and Technology

Geomatics

The Geomatics program is housed in the College of Science and Technology under the Department of Built Environment and is the only four-year program in geomatics in the state of North Carolina.

What is geomatics? It is a broad term that covers most areas of study and professional practices that uses measurements to determine locations on the earth's surface. 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 most any other area that uses measurements.

N.C. A&T's Geomatics program is the only four-year program in 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 online 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Below are the program’s Mission Statement, the Program Educational Objectives, and the Student Outcomes.

Mission Statement

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. Graduates will acquire the ability to obtain professional licensure.
  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.

Program Specific Student Outcomes

  • Graduates can function as professionals in the required working environment
  • Graduates can adapt to rapid changes in technology and regulatory environments
  • Graduates will demonstrate technical competency, knowledge of surveying law, and the ability to adapt to changing working environments