Program Information

Degrees Offered

We offer a Associate of Science degree in Geomatics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics. The Geomatics Program teaches classes in the form of a cohort. So students will need to apply for matriculation into the program which begins every two years the first of which is Fall 2014. PLEASE SEE THE GEOMATICS ACADEMIC ADVISER for details about matriculation into the GEOMATICS PROGRAM COHORT.

Click on these links for estimated program schedule and matriculation requirements.

All courses are taught mostly during the daytime hours on the UVU campus in Orem, Utah. However, if the campus is accessible to you we offer most of our courses via the internet. To find out more information see the Distance Education on this website under the Degrees tab at the homepage.

Background & Brief History

Geomatics is the study of geospatial measurement and representation including such disciplines as land surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing (satellite imaging and laser scanning), geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, global positioning systems (GPS), and some parts of geography and civil engineering.

Geomatics was formerly known as surveying or land surveying but has now grown to encompass a discipline which integrates acquisition, modeling, analysis, and management of geo-spatial reference data. Based on the scientific framework of geodesy, it uses terrestrial, marine, airborne, satellite-based sensors, and measurement systems and technologies to acquire spatial and other data. Geomatics includes investigation, analysis, and application of boundary/property laws and legal principles pertaining to specific public and private properties. A licensed surveyor has the obligation to protect the public and private interests in these matters.

The Geomatics program at UVU began its journey in 1967 when faculty member Russ Black began teaching surveying using donated transits from the Army Corp of Engineers. From this surveying field course sprang surveying and civil engineering drafting courses which are taught today as a part of the Drafting Technology degrees offered by the Engineering Graphics and Design Technology department here at UVU. The four-year degree Geomatics program at UVU was developed based on industry standards and practices, other notable Geomatics programs throughout the United States, and from experienced surveyors.

The purpose of the Geomatics Program at UVU is to prepare students for a profession in Geomatics, to pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, and to prepare them for graduate school. We will be applying for ABET/ASAC accreditation as soon as we are eligible approximately 2015.

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