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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
School: Forest Resources and Conservation
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Geomatics
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: No

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. 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 accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

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

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan
  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
  • Complete at least 2 of 11 critical-tracking courses: MAC 2233 or MAC 2311,
    MAC 2234 or MAC 2312, ECO 2023 or ECO 2013, PHY 2053/2053L, PHY 2054/2054L, AEE 3030C or SPC 2600, AEE 3033C or ENC 2210, STA 2023,
    GEO 2200 or GLY 2010, FOR 3004 or adviser-approved biological science course, CGS 2414 or CGS 2420 or adviser-approved course in computer programming

Semester 2:

  • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking courses

Semester 3:

  • Complete at least 4 additional critical-tracking courses

Semester 4:

  • Complete at least 3 additional critical-tracking courses

Semester 5:

  • Complete all 11 critical-tracking courses

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

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
GEO 2200 Physical Geography or
GLY 2010 Physical Geology
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics or
CO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (GE-S)
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 15
Semester 2Credits
MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 (3) or
MAC2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (4) (GE-M)
FOR 3004 Forests, Conservation and People or
any adviser-approved biological science course
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 15-16
Semester 3Credits
PHY 2053 and 2053L Physics 1 and Laboratory (GE-P) *5
CGS 2414 Computer Programming Using JAVA or
CGS 2420 Computer Programming Using FORTRAN or
CGS 2421 and CGS 2421L Computer Programming for Engineers and Laboratory or
CGS 3460 Computer Programming Using C or
CGS 3464 Computer Programming Using C++
MAC 2234 Survey of Calculus 2 (3) or
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (4) (GE-M)
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences or
ENC 2210 Technical Writing
Total 14-15
Semester 4Credits
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)3
PHY 2054 and 2054L Physics 2 and Laboratory *5
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
SPC 2600 Introduction to Public Speaking
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 16

* The following courses may be used as substitutes:

PHY 2048 and 2048L for PHY 2053 and PHY 2053L

PHY 2049 and PHY 2049L for PHY 2054 and PHY 2054L

Placement tests and/or prerequisites may be required to access certain courses.

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.

Semester 5Credits
SUR 3103C Geomatics3
SUR 3393 and SUR 3393L Geographic Information Systems and Laboratory3
SUR 3641 Surveying Computations3
SUR 3322 Visualization of Spatial Information3
Approved elective3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
SUR 3501 and 3501L Spatial Measurement Systems and Laboratory3
SUR 3331 and 3331L Photogrammetry and Laboratory3
SUR 3520 Measurement Science3
AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law (3) or
BUL 4310 The Legal Environment of Business (4)
AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management (3) or
MAN 3025 Principles of Management (4)
Total 15-17
SUR 4949 Co-op Work Experience1
Total 1
Semester 7Credits
FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants3
SUR 4403 Cadastral Principles3
SUR 4201 Route Geometrics and Design3
SUR 4530 Geodesy and Geodetic Positioning3
SUR 4350C Advanced Photogrammetry3
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
SUR 4430 Surveying and Mapping Practice3
SUR 4380 Remote Sensing3
SUR 4463 Subdivision Design3
SUR 4912 Senior Project1
FNR 4343 and 4343L Forest Water Resources and Laboratory or
AOM 4643 Environmental Hydrology: Principles and Issues or
SOS 4244 Wetlands
Total 13
SUR 4949 Co-op Work Experience1
Total 1