Bachelor of Science in Geomatics

Program Educational Objectives

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

  • Have attempted the AELS Board’s Fundamentals of Surveying examination, if they are pursuing careers in the surveying area.
  • Have attempted equivalent professional certification or registration, e.g., CP or GISP, as appropriate for their career path, if they are pursuing careers in a non-surveying area.
  • 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

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.


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

MathematicsAlgebra II, trigonometry
ScienceNatural sciences such as chemistry, physics, biology or geology
English CompositionSkill 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 satisfactory grade of C or better 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 grade of C or better on the second attempt may result in removal from the geomatics program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfy the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  3. Complete the major requirements below.

Major Requirements

Core Courses
Complete 11-12 credits from the following with at least one lab:11-12
Solar System Astronomy
and Solar System Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Oceanography
and Fundamentals of 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
Basic Physics I
and Basic Physics I Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
Basic Physics II
and Basic Physics II Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Complete the following courses:
BA/JUST A241Business Law I3
BA A300Organizational Theory and Behavior3
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
ESM A450Economic Analysis and Operations3
GEO A146Geomatics Computations I3
GEO A156Fundamentals of Surveying3
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 A466Geopositioning3
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 A221Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences3-4
or MATH A251 Calculus I
PHIL A305Professional Ethics3
STAT A253Applied Statistics for the Sciences4
Total Credits74-78

Choose one of the following concentration areas: surveying, geospatial or developer.

Surveying Concentration
GEO A157Computer-Aided Drafting for Surveyors3
GEO A256Engineering Surveying3
GEO A266Advanced Surveying3
GEO A366Spatial Data Adjustments II3
GEO A369Cadastral Surveys3
GEO A457Boundary Law II3
PEP A112First Aid and CPR for Professionals1
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
City and Regional Planning
Land Development and Design
High-Density Surveying
Point Cloud Analysis
Hydrographic Surveying
Selected Advanced Topics in Geomatics
Spatial Data Structures
Image Analysis
Coastal Mapping
Spatial Data Management
Spatial Analysis
Total Credits25
Geospatial Concentration
GEO A410High-Density Surveying3
GEO A420Point Cloud Analysis3
GIS A301Spatial Data Structures3
GIS A367Image Analysis3
GIS A458Spatial Data Management3
GIS A466Spatial Analysis3
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Computer Programming I
Object-Oriented Programming I
Database Systems
Computer-Aided Drafting for Surveyors
Engineering Surveying
Advanced Surveying
City and Regional Planning
Land Development and Design
Spatial Data Adjustments II
Hydrographic Surveying
Selected Advanced Topics in Geomatics
Coastal Mapping
PEP A112First Aid and CPR for Professionals1
Total Credits25
Developer Concentration
CSCE A201Computer Programming I4
CSCE A222Object-Oriented Programming I3
CSCE A360Database Systems3
GEO A420Point Cloud Analysis3
GIS A301Spatial Data Structures3
GIS A367Image Analysis3
GIS A458Spatial Data Management3
GIS A466Spatial Analysis3
Total Credits25

 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 work experience while a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage in a geomatics or geomatics-related position.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics will have:

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