Job opportunities in geomatics are expected to grow nationally due to increased geographic information, land-based activity and an increasing rate of retirement of existing professionals. To meet the demand for geomatics professionals, the University of Florida is offering an online Certificate in Geomatics.
Geomatics Certificate (Undergraduate)
The Geomatics Certificate is appropriate for surveyors and mappers in training, new graduates, or working professionals interested in a career in the fields of geomatics – surveying, mapping, GIS, and photogrammetry. In a lecture series format via the Internet, UF faculty will present overviews on Geomatics issues, as well as insights into the latest developments on these issues. Faculty from the UF Geomatics Program are recognized for their expertise in surveying, mapping, GIS, legal aspects, computations, and photogrammetry continually update these courses with their unique perspectives.
To complete the Certificate the student must take five of the three-credit online courses listed below. Two of them are required: SUR 3103 Geomatics and SUR 3641 Survey Computations. Any three additional courses from the list must be taken. Students with the indicated skills and materials have the prerequisites to do well in the course. Students without the listed skills and materials may struggle to do well. Enrollment is open to all students for all courses, but only those with the indicated skills and materials are likely to do well. The passing criteria are the same for students enrolled in the regular degree program.
- SUR 3103 – Geomatics (3 credit hours) Introduction to angle, distance and elevation measurement, as applied to engineering, boundary location, topography, forest management and construction. Covers error theory as well as horizontal and vertical curves. Needed skills/materials: algebra, trigonometry, access to surveyor equipment, access to local surveyor mentor, access to basic use of AutoCad, textbook.
- SUR 3641 – Survey Computations (3 credit hours) The principles of geometry applied to surveying computations. Computer methods in surveying. Needed skills/materials: algebra, trigonometry, textbook.
- SUR 4403 – Cadastral Principles (3 credit hours) Cadastral systems, land boundaries, corners and areas; writing land descriptions and identification of land parcels; legal principles of boundary survey, office and business practices; professional standing. Needed skills/materials: report writing in English, textbook.
- SUR 4430 – Surveying & Mapping Practice (3 Credit hours)A study of land survey practice: the lot survey, the sectional survery and the water boundary survery. Also includes office and business practices and professional standing. Needed skills/materials: boundary law, survey computations, AutoCad survey drafting, report writing in English.
- SUR 4201 – Route Geometrics & Design (3 credit hours) The geometric design of transportation systems, computer applications and a comprehensive design project. Spiral curves, superelevation theory and earthwork analysis are covered. Needed skills/materials: survey computations, algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry.
- SUR 3323 – Visualization of Spatial Information (3 credit hours) Methods of mapping, modeling, communicating and visualizing spatial features. Includes boundary and topographical features, attributes, site modeling, site development and mapping using computer-aided mapping and design features.
- SUR 3393 – Geographic Information Systems (2 credit hours) GIS concepts, surveying and mapping inputs in GIS development, comparison of GIS systems and applications in the natural and physical sciences, engineering and planning.. This must be taken concurrently with SUR 3393L (1 credit hour).
Current Tuition Rate
$295 per credit hour
Tuition rates apply to in-state, out-of-state, and international students equally.