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New Geomatics Engineering Program Meets Bachelor's Degree Needs for Land Surveyors

The College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced a new bachelor’s degree program in geomatics engineering to help alleviate the shortage of trained land surveyor professionals. The new program, beginning this fall, was created in response to a 2005 change in Florida law requiring individuals seeking state licensure as professional land surveyors be trained at the baccalaureate level. Faculty and staff headquartered at the Treasure Coast campus in Port St. Lucie will have the ability to deliver the program throughout South Florida.

“The Treasure Coast community has shown great enthusiasm and interest in this important program,” said Treasure Coast Campus Vice President Gerri McPherson. “Many local engineering firms expressed a critical need for this degree, and FAU was ready to respond.”

Geomatics is a new term incorporating surveying, land mapping and other aspects of spatial data (information that has a location) management. Geomatics engineers are involved in a wide variety of information gathering activities and applications. They design, develop and operate systems for collecting and analyzing spatial information about the land, oceans, natural resources and manmade features.

Many potential students are working professionals with two-year degrees who are seeking to upgrade their professional skills but are unable to attend classes during normal working hours. To meet this need, the College of Engineering and Computer Science will offer upper-level courses in a blended system of delivery that best fits the requirements of each course and the needs of students.

"Baseline Engineering and Land Surveying is overjoyed that FAU responded to the desperate need we have in South Florida for new professional surveyors and mappers,” said President and CEO Roxanna Trinka. “The impact the geomatics engineering program will have will be profound. Until now, there was only one university in Florida providing this curriculum. So many talented surveyors in the area have wanted to get their degree but couldn't leave their jobs or families for the two to four years it would take to achieve it. We are blessed to have FAU and all its resources to transform this industry."

The undergraduate program in geomatics engineering at FAU will lead to a 120-credit, four-year bachelor of science degree in geomatics engineering (BSGE). This program will provide students with the professional skills required for today’s geospatial specialist.
For more information, visit www.ge.fau.edu or contact the geomatics engineering office at 772-873-3439 or geomaticseng@fau.edu.


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