Geomatics is listed as one of the Top 3 emerging industries by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education.

Department of Applied Sciences | Geomatics


Nature of Program: The Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Geomatics is designed to offer college level preparation for recent high school graduates and for those already working in the field of land surveying to meet the educational requirements for registration as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Louisiana.  The program is based on standards necessary to attain accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Definition of Geomatics: “Geomatics” is the new name rapidly becoming synonymous world wide with the term “Surveying”.  Surveying has traditionally been defined as “the science, art, and technology of determining, or of establishing, the relative positions of points above, on, near, or beneath the earth’s surface.”  Geomatics includes the traditional surveying definition along with surveying’s steadily increased importance with the development of new technologies and the growing demand for a variety of spatially related types of information, particularly in measuringand monitoring our environment.  Increasingly critical are areas of expanding populations, appreciating land values, dwindling natural resources, and the continuing stressing of the quality of our land, water and air from human activities.

Objectives of the Program:  The Geomatics Program will provide education in the way land form and spatial data are measured, recorded, processed, stored, retrieved and shared by the use of conventional methods and new technologies in Global Positioning Systems, Land Information Systems and Geographic Information Systems, and will align with the increasing demands by society for more data with increasing higher standards of accuracy.

Geomatics Program graduates will demonstrate:

  1. comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles of Geomatics and Land Surveying.
  2. proficiency in the practice of surveying and related mapping disciplines.
  3. preparedness for graduate or advanced technical education.
  4. readiness for professional employment in Geomatics and Land Surveying.
  5. understanding and appreciation of how local experience translates to societal and global needs.
  6. commitment to lifelong learning and professional and leadership developments.

Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues\
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.

The Geomatics Program addresses the needs of the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors.

1005-geomatics-tv-filming-01.JPGThe use of traditional course scheduling, distance learning technologies, on-site course offerings, and internships will maximize educational opportunities for both the traditional and nontraditional students.  ABET accreditation requirements insure that sufficient faculty and facilities will be available so that courses can be offered in a timely manner.  Professional accreditation will enhance graduate credentials enabling them to find employment in a variety of professional areas both in state and nationally.

The geomatics program educates students in the way landform and spatial data are measured, recorded, processed, stored, retrieved and shared by the use of conventional methods and new technologies in geographic information systems, land information systems and global positioning systems. The program also prepares students to face the increasing demands by society for more data with increasingly higher standards of accuracy.

Traditional courses, distance learning technologies and internships maximize educational opportunities for both traditional and nontraditional students. Classes for the Professional Land Surveyor Certification have been incorporated into the geomatics program.

Students graduating from the Nicholls geomatics program:

  • know the theories and methods of measuring,
  • understand other methods of collecting information about the physical earth and environment,
  • know how to process the gathered information and then how to best prepare a presentation of that information,
  • have a general knowledge of the basic laws governing the decisions to be made during the processing of information and
  • have the academic course requirements to be registered as a professional land surveyor.

Learn more about the geomatics program and courses by visiting the Nicholls catalog.

The university awards a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Geomatics upon successful completion of the Geomatics curriculum. Geomatics majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required mathematics, physics  and geomatics courses. Each semester Geomatics students will be responsible for showing thorough documentation that they have performed 30 hours of service learning. This documentation will be a weekly form filled out and submitted to the secretary for the department of Applied Sciences. Completion of the curriculum will prepare one for mid level positions in land surveying, construction surveying, mapping and other related areas. The curriculum meets the educational requirements for registration as a professional land surveyor in the State of Louisiana and the eligibility requirements to take the “Surveyor in Training” examination.


Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

* GEOM 104 Geomatics Service Learning is mandatory every semester
**MATH 102 is the entry-level course for this major.
***GEOM 340:  Internship completed summer of junior year–registration following Fall Semester.

Incoming and current Geomatics students are eligible for a variety of local, state and national scholarships.

Nicholls offers the following scholarships to Geomatics students:

FUGRO CHANCE INC., EXCELLENCE IN GEOMATICS SCHOLARSHIP Two $1000 annual awards are awarded to qualifying incoming freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students majoring in Geomatics. Preference will be given to a current or former employee or intern of Fugro Chance, and the recipient must agree to work as a paid intern for a Fugro company the following summer. The recipient must be a full-time student and maintain a 2.75 or above overall GPA.

LOUISIANA SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL SURVEYORS EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP ($1000) is awarded to a full-time freshman majoring in Geomatics, and the recipient must maintain a 3.00 or above overall GPA.

T BAKER SMITH SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in Geomatics. Recipient must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75. Each scholarship is valued at $2500 per semester.

THE C.L. JACK STELLY AND ASSOCIATES EXCELLENCE IN GEOMATICS SCHOLARSHIP is restricted to a student from Louisiana studying Geomatics, and preference will be given to a student who has completed a similar two-year program at one of the Louisiana Technical College campuses in the state. Preference is also given to a student who will be of junior standing, but entering freshmen may also apply. The recipients must be a full-time student and maintain a 2.75 or above overall GPA. The annual award amount is $2,500.

JULES ORESTE CHUSTZ MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR GEOMATICS ($145,000) This endowed scholarship will fund ten to twelve new $1,000 annual awards. We plan to distribute it equally among freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior years. The criteria will be set by the Geomatics faculty every academic year.

mph INC., EXCELLENCE IN GEOMATICS SCHOLARSHIP Two $1000 annual awards are awarded to qualifying incoming freshman who are maintaining a 3.0 or above overall GPA. One $1000 annual award is awarded to qualifying minority (preference will be given to women). Two $1000 annual awards for existing Geomatics majors in good academic standing.


What is Geomatics?

Geomatics is the art, science, and technology of establishing the relative and/or precise positions of points and features near the Earth’s surface. Geomatics involves the following disciplines:

  • Land Surveying – The establishment or retracement of land parcel boundaries.
  • Construction Layout – The location of construction projects on the ground.
  • Land Development – The design and location of subdivisions for people to live.
  • Geodesy – The science of determining the size and shape of the Earth.
  • Cartography – The art and science of making maps.
  • Remote Sensing – The use of cameras and other sensors to measure land forms and vegetation on the Earth.
  • Photogrammetry – The use of vertical photographs to map the surface of the Earth.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – The use of software to tie together particular features with their location on the Earth.
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) – The use of satellites to determine the precise location of features on the Earth.

What are the fundamental skills required for a career in Geomatics?

A good high school background in mathematics and science is desirable for studies in Geomatics. While much of the work involved the application of trigonometry and plane geometry, an understanding of calculus is required to understand how error in the measurement affect the products desired by clients. Increasingly, the technologies utilized by the Geomatics Professional involve the propagation of light energy. The use of such technologies is benefitted by the knowledge of physics describing how light propagates in the atmosphere. The student can expect to use precise sensitive equipment to make measurements on the Earth and to process those measurement into useful products using computer software.

Is Geomatics an Engineering program?

A broad definition of engineering is the application of mathematics and applied science in order to solve the needs of clients. In this sense, Geomatics is an engineering discipline. The explosion of measurement technology has caused the body of knowledge necessary for success in the profession to require its own engineering studies. Also, the path to licensure as a Geomatics Professional is unique.

Why do I need to be licensed as a Geomatics Professional?

All states require Geomatics Professional’s practicing in the Land Surveying discipline to be licensed to protect the citizens of that particular state. Licensure involves the passage of national examinations, a state specific examination, and work experience acceptable to the respective state licensure board. Licensed professionals generally earn more and experience more work responsibilities. While Licensure is desirable, it is not necessary for a productive and profitable career in Geomatics.

Why is the choice of a career in Geomatics so desirable?

A wide range of career opportunities lie ahead of the graduate with a four-year degree in Geomatics. Our society need educated professionals to analyze and produce products produced by measurements of features on the Earth’s surface. These measurements are commonly referred to as spatial data. Many professionals like the overall project oriented nature of the work. They also enjoy traveling to different locations in order to gain spatial data. Many professionals also like to work outside in nature, while others like to process spatial data in the office producing maps or products necessary for clients. Other professionals like the fact that the profession rewards the application of mathematics. Since the Geomatics Professional is desired in all communities, both large and small, work is available in large and small businesses across the nation. Frequently, Geomatics Professionals establish successful businesses in order to serve their communities. Geomatics (geospatial technologies) is also listed as one of the Top 3 emerging industries by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education.

Can you give some representative examples of jobs typically performed by the Geomatics Professional?

The following are examples of jobs that are performed by Geomatics Professionals. Please note that this list does NOT cover the wide range of possible jobs and tasks that are available:

  • Locating the boundary lines of a parcel purchased for commercial development.
  • Dividing a parcel into lots for a land development project.
  • Negotiating a contract for the photograph necessary to a large scale map.
  • Producing a map showing the features of a parcel for a client.
  • Determining the elevation of a parcel being considered for development.
  • Mapping vegetation for wetland delineation and monitoring.
  • Managing the use of mobile mapping technologies for monitoring roads and bridges.
  • Marking the location for proposed construction projects.
  • Using satellite technology to precisely locate point of critical importance such as nuclear power plants and hydro-electric dams.
  • Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Software and measurement data to optimize the location of transportation hubs and routes.

How are the job prospects for the Geomatics Professional?

The profession of Geomatics is changing in a way that benefits the graduate with a four-year degree in Geomatics. The explosion in technology requires an understanding of math and applied science and its application to measurement science. Graduates are in high demand by companies who reply on the successful application of emerging technologies to remind successful and competitive in a ever-changing business climate.

Pre-Engineering Curriculum & Degree Plan

Engineering is a challenging and rewarding career path. The Nicholls Pre-Engineering program allows students to complete their first two years of courses in an environment where they can receive one-on-one attention from instructors and adjust to college life before applying to an engineering program at another institution.

The Pre-Engineering curriculum is tailored to fit each student’s needs, depending on which institution they plan to attend after the two years and which engineering field they wish to pursue. Students meet with their adviser early during their freshman year to select electives and plan a curriculum that will help them successfully transfer to an engineering program.

While students spend the majority of their two years completing general education requirements, such as English and mathematics, most also take beginning engineering science courses in engineering graphics, computer-aided drawing and surveying graphics offered through the Nicholls Department of Applied Sciences.


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Thank you for considering the Pre-Engineering Program at Nicholls State University.  Our students, faculty, and staff are proud of our program and encourage you to join us.

Pre-Engineering is a two-year curriculum for students who plan to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at another institution. The typical pre-engineering curriculum listed below will vary according to the institution that the student plans to attend and the engineering field selected.  Student must consult the pre-engineering advisor early in their freshman year regarding the selection of electives and changes in the typical curriculum to meet their particular needs and the requirements of the institution they are planning to attend.


CHEM 105, 106, 110                                                 ENGL 368

EGSC 111                                                                   MATH 265

ENGL 101, 102                                                          MATH elective

MATH 165, 166                                                         Natural Science Elective

PHYS 201, 202, 203, 204                                           Electives

TOTAL: 34 Credit Hours                                           TOTAL: 24-28 Credit Hours

CHEM 105. Introductory Chemistry I. 3 3 0. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 101. Nature and properties of matter including the common elements and their compounds. Periodic classification, atomic and molecular theories, nuclear chemistry, and the relation of atomic and molecular structure to chemical behavior, stoichiometry, nomenclature. For students needing more than one year of chemistry. Degree credit will not be given for both CHEM 101 and 105. This course is also available via Internet. Basic computer knowledge is required for students enrolled in the Internet section. (40.0501)

CHEM 106. Introductory Chemistry II. 3 3 0. Prerequisite: C or better in CHEM 105.                     Co-requisite: MATH 102. A continuation of CHEM 105 with emphasis on solutions, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, acid base chemistry, electrochemistry and ionic equilibrium. Degree credit will not be given for both CHEM 102 and 106. This course is also available via Internet. Basic computer knowledge is required for students enrolled in the Internet section.(40.0501)

CHEM 110. Introductory Chemistry Laboratory. 2 0 6. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 106. A laboratory course for CHEM 105 and 106. Experiments may be performed at an approved off-campus laboratory. (40.0501)

EGSC 111. Engineering Graphics with Computer Aided Drawing. 2-0-5. Prerequisite: Credit or registration in MATH 102 or 108. Lettering, sketching, and isometric and orthographic projections. Descriptive geometry problems dealing with points, lines, planes, intersections, revolved primary and secondary views, true shapes and sections. Use of conventional drafting instruments. Fundamentals of computer aided drawing including plotting, digitizing, library modules, and drawing file management. (14.0101)

ENGL 101. English Composition I. 3 3 0. Prerequisites: Initial placement by ACT score of 18 or better in English, or C or better in ENGL 003, or satisfactory score on departmental placement test. In addition, ACT Social Studies score of 18 or better, or successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in RDNG 095, or score of 90 or better on Nelson-Denny test. Introduction to expository writing and critical thinking. This course is also available via Internet. Basic computer knowledge is required for students enrolled in the Internet section. (23.0401)

ENGL 102. English Composition II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Credit in ENGL 101 or satisfactory score on placement test. Further development of expository writing and critical thinking, with an introduction to research and the literary genres. C or better in ENGL 102 is required for graduation. This course is also available via Internet. Basic computer knowledge is required for students enrolled in the Internet section. (23.0401)

ENGL 368. Technical Writing. 3 3 0. Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 102. The preparation of documents used in technical and corporate settings. (23.1101)

MATH 165. Calculus I. 5 5 0. Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 102 or 108 or advanced placement. Limits, derivatives and integrals of algebraic functions, applications of derivatives and integrals. (27.0101)

MATH 166. Calculus II. 5 5 0. Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 165. Transcendental functions, derivatives, integrals, analytical geometry, infinite series, and polar coordinates. (27.0101)

MATH 265. Calculus III. 3 3 0. Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 166. Vectors and parametric equations, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, derivatives and integrals of vector functions, introduction to linear algebra. (27.0101)

PHYS 201. General Physics. 3 3 0. Prerequisites: Credit or registration in MATH 165 and PHYS 203. A technical study of mechanics, heat, and sound. Credit toward graduation may be earned in this course or in PHYS 101 but not in both. Fa only. (40.0801)

PHYS 202. General Physics. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: PHYS 201. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 166. A technical study of electricity, magnetism, and light. Credit toward graduation may be earned in this course or in PHYS 102 but not in both. Sp only. (40.0801)

PHYS 203. General Physics Laboratory. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: Credit or co-registration in PHYS 201. Laboratory experiments in mechanics, heat, and sound. Credit toward graduation may be earned in this course or in PHYS 103 but not in both. Fa only. (40.0801)

PHYS 204. General Physics Laboratory. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: Credit or co-registration in PHYS 202. Laboratory experiments in electricity, magnetism, and light. Credit toward graduation may be earned in this course or in PHYS 104 but not in both. Sp only. (40.0801)


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322 Gouaux Hall

Thibodaux, LA 70310

Telephone #: (985) 448-4692 or 1-877-Nicholls

Fax #: (985) 448-4475


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Geomatics students acquire a broad technical background in land surveying and related geoscience disciplines. This coupled with on-the-job training through our internship program prepares students for a wide variety of technical positions in the local, state and national professional market where the current supply is less than 50 percent of the need.

The U.S. Department of Labor and Education lists geospatial technology as one of the top three emerging industries in the country.

New satellite technologies learned in the geomatics program can be applied to a multitude of fields. The petroleum industry uses the technology to locate and assess potential reservoirs of oil and natural gas. Energy companies lay out utilities. Police departments track crime areas. Highway engineers monitor traffic patterns. Cartologists produce maps. In a post-Katrina world, surveyors are also helping Louisiana rebuild and relocate levees, realign property boundaries and monitor the rapidly eroding coast and dwindling natural resources.


Dr. Brigett Scott, PhD RD LDN

Associate Dean, College of Sciences and Technology | Director, University Honors Program | Interim Department Head, Applied Sciences | Associate Professor, Dietetics
111 Gouaux Hall

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Dr. Balaji Ramachandran

Program Coordinator, Geomatics
324 Gouaux Hall

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Dr. Esra Tekdal Yilmaz

Assistant Professor, Geomatics
320 Gouaux Hall

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Dr. Terry Dantin, Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus, Geomatics
323 Gouaux Hall

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Graduate Assistant

322 Gouaux Hall

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Student Association of Geomatics at Nicholls State University

Congratulations to the members of the Executive Board for the 2019 – 2020 school year!

Pictured  left to right:
Ashish Pandey (Public Relation Officer)
William Hunter ( Treasurer )
Seth Naquin ( Secretary)
Mason Dupre (President)
Russel Cheramie ( Vice- President)


The mission of the Geomatics Program is to provide its graduates with a high-quality surveying and mapping education; to enhance their professional competency, and to advance the field of Geomatics through research and outreach. The mission includes the development of Geomatics professionals as land surveyors, construction surveyors, mappers and planners, the core of what is needed to rebuild New Orleans and coastal Louisiana.

 Total Undergraduate EnrollmentDegrees Awarded
 Part TimeFull TimeBachelors
Fall 20167232
Fall 20154265
Fall 2014102811
Fall 2013104711
Fall 201213518

Industry advisory boards for each of the Department of Applied Sciences’ programs insure that the faculty is addressing industry needs and emerging industry trends through their curricula.

Members of the Nicholls Geomatics Program Advisory Committee:

  • Timothy Allen, PLS
    Past member of Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
    Apache Corporation
    Houma, La.
  • Louis Lyles Budden, PLS
    Past President of LSPS
    Baton Rouge, La.
  • Kevin Burdeaux, PLS
    Past President of LSPS
    Shreveport, La.
  • Kappy Cullum, PLS
    Nicholls Alumnus
    C&R Land Surveying, LLC
    Broussard, La.
  • Charles Coyle, III, PLS
    Past President of LSPS
    Coyle Engineering and Land Surveyors
    Bossier City, La.
  • Charles Coyle, PLS (LAPELS)
    Past President of LSPS
    Coyle Engineering and Land Surveyors
    Bossier City, La.
  • Steve Estopinal
    Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Chalmette, La.
  • Ernie Gammon, Sr, PLS
    Member of Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
    Hydro Consultants
    Baton Rouge, La.
  • Morris Hebert, PLS
    Past President of LSPS
    Past Member of LA Board of Regents (BoR)
    Past Member of Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
    Mph Inc.
    Houma, La. 70360
  • Ricardo M. Johnson, PLS
    John Chance Land Surveys, Inc.
    Lafayette, La.
  • Paul Kocke, PLS
    Past President LSPS
    Gandolfo Kuhn, LLC
    Harahan, La.
  • David L. Paterson, PLS
    Past Member of Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
    Past President of LSPS
    LandSource, Inc.
    Baton Rouge, La.
  • James Pellegrin, PLS
    President of LSPS 2012
    T Baker Smith, LLC
    Houma, La.
  • John Plaisance, PLS
    Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Galliano, La.
  • Clifford Smith, PLS (BoR)
    T Baker Smith, Inc.
    Houma, La.
  • Jack Stelly, PLS 
    Past Member of Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
    C.L. Jack Stelly and Assoc.
    Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Lafayette, La.
  • Vic Weston
    Board Member
    State Licencing Board for Contractors
    Tri-State Road Boring, Inc.
    Baton Rouge, La.
  • Dr. Terry Dantin
    Professor Emeritus
    Nicholls State University
  • Dr. James Elithorp
    Associate Professor
    Nicholls State University
  • Stephen Flynn, PLS
    Past President of LSPS
    Riverland Surveying Company, LLC
    La Place, La.
    Instructor of Geomatics
    Nicholls State University
  • Dr. Balaji RamachandranAssociate ProfessorT Baker Endowed ProfessorGeomatics Program CoordinatorApplied Sciences Department HeadNicholls State University



The Nicholls Geomatics program invites you to Geographic Information Systems Day — a fun day full of hands- on activities for students interested in geography, math, physics, high-tech gadgets, computers or maps.

During GIS Day, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a GPS scavenger hunt
  • Watch a drone simulation
  • See geospatial demonstrations from state and federal agencies as well as surveying and mapping firms
  • Compete in geography games
  • Enjoy lunch in the Dining Hall
  • Learn more about the Nicholls geomatics program (the ONLY one of its kind in Louisiana) and tour our high – tech labs

Surveyor’s Day

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Geospatial Technology Center

Harold “Charlie” Poche Laser Scanning Lab


Department of Applied Sciences

Office Location:
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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2148
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985 – 448 – 4693
Fax: 985 – 448 – 4475