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  • Geomatics

    Geomatics addresses land information development and management through field survey, photogrammetry, remote sensing, satellite positioning and other techniques. Spatial information collected is then integrated into digital land or geographic information systems and made suitable for use and analysis.

    About This Major

    • College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Geomatics
    • Hours for the Degree:120
    • Minor:No
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    Geomatics students learn how the Earth is measured, how Earth-based data are analyzed and how these data are integrated into forms and systems that people can use. Students gain hands-on experience working with field equipment and in high tech classrooms. Present land values, rates of urban development and environmental concerns require a broadly educated person to develop, manage and apply land information. Surveyors and mappers, the practicing component of geomatics, provide these professional services to society.

    This major is also offered at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Plant City, Fla.

    This major is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
    • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
    • Complete at least 1 of 7 critical-tracking courses (excluding labs): AEB 2014 or ECO 2023 or ECO 2013, AEC 3030C or SPC 2608, COP 2800 or adviser-approved course in computer programming, MAC 2311, PHY 2053/2053L, PHY 2054/2054L and STA 2023

    Semester 2

    • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking courses (excluding labs)

    Semester 3

    • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking courses (excluding labs)

    Semester 4

    • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking courses (excluding labs)

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses including labs
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    AEB 2014 Economics Issues, Food and You (3) or
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (4) or
    ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (4) (GE-S)
    Elective (GEO 2200 Physical Geography or
    GLY 2010C Physical Geology recommended)
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Elective 2
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Total 14-16
    Semester 2 Credits
    Biological Science (GE-B) (FOR 3004 Forests, Conservation and People recommended) 3
    COP 2800 Computer Programming Using JAVA or  
    COP 2271 and COP 2271L Computer Programming for Engineers and Computer Programming for Engineers Laboratory or
    COP 3275 Computer Programming Using C or
    COP 3229 Computer Programming Using C++ or
    Adviser-approved computer programming course
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) * 4
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 16
    Semester 3 Credits
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)​ 3
    PHY 2053 and 2053L Physics 1 and Physics 1 laboratory * (GE-P) 5
    Elective (GEO 2200 Physical Geography or GLY 2010C Physical Geology recommended if not already taken) 3-4
    Elective 3
    Total 14-15
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    PHY 2054 and 2054L Physics 2 and Physics 2 Laboratory * (GE-P) 5
    Electives 5
    Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 16

    * The following courses may be used as substitutes:
    MAC 1114 and MAC 2233 for MAC 2311;
    PHY 2004 and PHY 2004L for PHY 2053 and PHY 2053L
    PHY 2005 and PHY 2005L for PHY 2054 and PHY 2054L
    Placement tests and/or prerequisites may be required to access certain courses.
    Non-specified general education (GE) courses can be selected from any approved course in the subject area. Selection of courses should consider satisfaction of the writing and math requirement and international studies and diversity requirements

    Course availability may necessitate departure from this course sequence. Except for certain courses where sequence is critical (i.e., physics 1 and 2), successful completion is more important than the sequence in which the courses are taken.

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    ** A minimum grade of C is required for all SUR courses below marked with two asterisks.

    Semester 5 Credits
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences​ (WR) 3​
    SUR 3103C Geomatics ** 3
    SUR 3323 Visualization of Spatial Information ** 3
    SUR 3393 and 3393L Geographic Information Systems and Geographic Information Systems Laboratory ** 3
    SUR 3641 Surveying Computations ** 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management (3) or
    MAN 3025 Principles of Management (4)
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law (3) or
    BUL 4310 The Legal Environment of Business (4)
    SUR 3331 and 3331L Photogrammetry and Photogrammetry Laboratory ** 3
    SUR 3501 and 3501L Spatial Measurement Systems and Spatial Measurement Systems Laboratory ** 3
    SUR 3520 Measurement Science ** 3
    Total 15-17
    Summer Credits
    SUR 4949 Co-op Work Experience 1
    Total 1
    Semester 7 Credits
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    SUR 4201 Route Geometrics and Design ** 3
    SUR 4350C Advanced Photogrammetry ** 3
    SUR 4403 Cadastral Principles ** 3
    SUR 4530 Geodesy and Geodetic Positioning ** 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources or
    AOM 4643 Environmental Hydrology: Principles and Issues or
    SWS 4244 Wetlands
    SUR 4380 Remote Sensing ** 3
    SUR 4430 Surveying and Mapping Practice ** 3
    SUR 4463 Subdivision Design ** 3
    SUR 4912 Senior Project ** 1
    Total 13
    Summer Credits
    SUR 4949 Co-op Work Experience 1
    Total 1
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majors: geomatics