Geomatics Undergraduate Program
The Geomatics Program is the oldest program in the southeastern United States that offers an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited Bachelor of Science in Geomatics. This program is geared towards preparing students for the Professional Surveying and Mapping Licensure Exam. In 2006 the Florida Legislature identified Surveying and Mapping as a 'critical jobs need'. With the strong support of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, the Geomatics Program established a satellite center in Plant City, FL and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The purpose of this move was to reach out to community college transfer students and other regional students who are unable to attend the University of Florida as a traditional student. Our location at the Plant City Center creates this opportunity in the west and central Florida areas.
The Geomatics Program is organized under the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, which is a part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The Geomatics Program director is Dr. Bon Dewitt (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Our program advisors at the Plant City Center are
- Program Objectives
- Open access to the Geomatics Program for community college transfers and non-traditional students in the central Florida area.
- Improve the competitiveness of our graduates by providing them with a quality knowledge base and lifelong learning skills.
- Help satisfy the public and private sector employment demand for qualified, well-rounded Geomatics professionals.
- Enhance the professional status and instill a sense of professionalism in future leaders of Geomatics.
- Expand the role of Geomatics in the spatial information community.
- Play a leadership role in the implementation of new ideas and methods through research and the dissemination of research results.
- Expand the diversity of the Geomatics profession (students, faculty, and practitioners).
- Bachelor of Science in Geomatics
For students desiring to major in Geomatics, they can be admitted into the undergraduate program in two ways: 1) as a freshman immediately after completing high school or 2) as a transfer student. Transfer students require 60 or more transferable college credits from a community college, junior college, or a 4-year state college or university. An Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida institution is recommended as it usually will satisfy all UF general education requirements. A list of prerequisite courses must be completed, no exceptions, prior to admission into the Geomatics Program. These courses, found here in the Guide to Admissions, can be incorporated into the AA degree to minimize student coursework and shorten their academic admission process.
In Plant City, we offer students the ability to take all upper-division courses required for the Geomatics degree at the Plant City Center. This means that a full-time student who enters the program on track can complete the Bachelor of Science degree at this center and graduate from the University of Florida in about two years. To see the current curriculum and recommended semester plan, please visit the current undergraduate catalog for the Bachelor of Science in Geomatics.
- Non-Degree Options
Many students like to take one or two classes as non-degree students while working on the necessary application materials for admission into either a MS or PhD degree Geomatics Graduate Program. Some students may desire to complement their education with additional knowledge in Geomatics subjects. Below are additional learning opportunities.
(UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL COURSES)
For those who already have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree, we also offer a Geomatics Certificate. This certificate consists of 15 hours of upper-division Geomatics coursework, designed to partially meet the requirements for Professional Surveying and Mapping licensure.
GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS CERTIFICATE
(GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES)
The Geospatial Analysis certificate is designed for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge and skills related to spatial data analysis, remote sensing, image analysis, and geostatistics without committing to a formal degree program or as part of ongoing graduate level degree. Certificate courses can be transferred towards the master degree program if the student is admitted at a later time. The certificate requires a total of 9 credit hours comprised of 3 courses.
- Program Advisors
When it comes to advising, we have all the knowledge and background information you need. You can ask us questions through email, by phone, or just stop by our offices (though an appointment is appreciated). To better serve you, we ask that you be prepared to answer these questions:
- Do you have an AA (Associate of Arts) degree from a Florida institution (community college, junior college, or other 4 year university)?
- Do you have a copy of your transcripts for all of your college/university level coursework?
- Did you maintain a 2.0 GPA for all of your college/university level coursework?
- Have you seen the Geomatics Guide to Admissions? Do you have a 2.5 GPA in the required prerequisite courses?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, please contact one of the following at the Plant City Center to get you started on the path to Geomatics.
For general admission into the University of Florida at Plant City and the Geomatics Program, please contact:
Academic Program Coordinator
Plant City Center
Phone: (813) 757-2280
For additional information on the Geomatics Undergraduate Program and Certificate Program; including prerequisites, course information, advising, and even state licensure, please contact:
Geomatics Program Assistant
Plant City Center
Phone: (813) 757-2183
For information regarding the Geomatics Program; including prerequisites, admissions, advising, and course information, please contact:
Dr. Amr Abd-Elrahman
Associate Professor – Geomatics
Plant City Center