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:
- comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles of Geomatics and Land Surveying.
- proficiency in the practice of surveying and related mapping disciplines.
- preparedness for graduate or advanced technical education.
- readiness for professional employment in Geomatics and Land Surveying.
- understanding and appreciation of how local experience translates to societal and global needs.
- commitment to lifelong learning and professional and leadership developments.
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
- a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues\
- 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.
The 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.
Geomatics enrollment statistics, graduation rates, and other relevant facts can be found at the Office of Institutional Research.