Undergraduate Mission, Objectives and Student Outcomes


The Geomatics Engineering program strives to deliver a quality educational experience in surveying, mapping, and emerging geomatics technologies throughout the FAU service area and beyond, and makes a significant contribution to the needs of a growing southeast Florida community. Program faculty focus on student-centered learning methodologies that requires students to be active, responsible participants in their own learning. This program values ethical behavior, critical thinking, innovation, individual responsibility, thoughtful risk taking, teamwork, and leadership.

Program Educational Objectives

Within three to five years of graduation, geomatics engineering graduates are expected to exhibit the following professional characteristics:

  • Practice geomatics engineering within the general areas of boundary and land surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), photogrammetry, remote sensing, mapping, geodesy, and global navigation satellite positioning systems in the organizations that employ them.
  • Advance their knowledge of geomatics engineering, both formally and informally, by engaging in lifelong learning experiences including attainment of professional licensure, and/or graduate studies.
  • Serve as effective professionals, based on strong interpersonal and teamwork skills, an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, and a willingness to take the initiative and seek progressive responsibilities.
  • Participate as leaders in activities that support service to, and/or economic development of, the region, the state and the nation.
Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students will attain the following:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning – specifically: graduates will be successful in finding professional employment, attaining professional licensure, and/or pursuing further academic studies.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice – specifically: Graduates will have an advanced understanding of the following areas of Geomatics Engineering: 1) Surveying, including but not limited to, boundary and land surveying, subdivision and plat creation, control surveys, and construction surveys, 2) geographic information systems (GIS), 3) photogrammetry and remote sensing 4) mapping, to include but not limited, to topographic maps, cadastral maps, and land use maps, 5) geodesy, and 6) Global Navigation Satellite Positioning Systems (GPS, GLONASS, etc).