The Utah State Board of Regents responsible for ensuring the fulfillment of the mission of the Utah System of Higher Education recently approved bachelor’s and associate of science degrees in Geomatics.
Geomatics, formerly known as surveying, is
part of geospatial science and Earth science. This discipline encompasses the
acquisition, integration, modeling, and management of geospatial data. Based on
the scientific framework of geodesy, it uses terrestrial, marine, airborne,
satellite-based sensors, measurement systems and technologies to acquire
spatial and other data. Geomatics includes the process of transforming
spatially referenced data into common information systems that have well
defined accuracy characteristics. Geomatics also 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 department of Engineering Graphics and
Design Technology hosting the new program is expected to begin teaching courses
during the fall 2011 semester. To obtain a bachelor’s degree in Geomatics, a
student will be expected to complete 36 credits of General Education, 51
credits of Geomatics Measurement Core, 13 hours of Legal core, 19 credits of
Surveying Practices Core, and six credits of Electives.
A graduate with the associate of science
(AS) degree should be employable at an entry level with a surveying or civil
engineering firm, while a graduate with a bachelor’s degree (BS) in Geomatics
should be employable at a crew chief/supervisory level. A graduate with the
Geomatics four-year degree will also be eligible and prepared to sit for the
National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) exam.
Danial L. Perry, assistant professor at UVU
and the developer of the program degrees, is excited about this new program
because it will fulfill an industry demand for more educated surveyors in the
state and region. The support of the Utah Council of Land Surveyors (UCLS), the
surveying association in the State of Utah that controls the model law for
surveyors, and Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Geomatics Technology program,
which offers a two-year AAS degree in Geomatics Technology, continues to be critical
to the success of this new program. Today, there are over 40 people who have
expressed interest in registering for classes pursuant to the Geomatics BS
degree, so the program is off to a good start.
Utah State Board of Regents Approves Degrees in Geomatics
December 15, 2010