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Geomatics engineering is a varied and exciting technology discipline that requires a combination of design, computer and measurement skills. Geomatics engineers conduct field work, lab experiments and computer modelling to solve a variety of problems that have a common attribute: spatial location.

As a geomatics engineer, you will have an ideal balance of indoor and outdoor work and will be part of a profession that is in growing demand in Canada and around the world.

The goal of the Department of Geomatics Engineering is to provide students with a high-quality education that is guided by innovative research and provides practical applications.

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Our strengths include:

  • internationally recognized degree programs
  • strong linkages with industry and government agencies
  • undergraduate internship program

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why study geomatics at Schulich?

What degree programs, minors and specializations are offered?

Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering

Interdisciplinary specializations

Biomedical Engineering Specialization (BMES)
This unique, faculty-wide program integrates the study of complex living systems with engineering principles. Students learn how to apply these traditional principles and analysis to human health and medicine.

Visit the Biomedical Engineering website.
View program details in the University of Calgary Calendar.

Energy and Environment Specialization (ENEE)
This program is the first of its kind in Canada. Students learn about the direct and indirect impact energy-related activities have on the environment and how to understand, avoid, reduce and solve potential problems.

Visit the Energy and Environment website.
View program details in the University of Calgary Calendar.

Concentrations

Concentration in Cadastral Surveying

The concentration in cadastral surveying is for students who have in interest in pursuing a career as a professional land surveyor. Students in the concentration take technical electives in geodetic and engineering surveys, survey law, land use planning, hydrographic surveying, and business where they learn the skills required for determining property boundaries and the measurement and analysis of land related information.

Map your Geomatics career

Wondering which electives to choose? Learn more about careers in Geomatics, and see what core courses and technical electives can help you get there.

What are the admission requirements?

Admission averages vary, but in recent years students required an average of about 86 percent. All applicants must present grades for the following five high-school subjects (or their equivalents):

  • English 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Pure Math 30
  • Math 31 (Calculus)

View admission equivalents for Canadian high-school and international students.

For high-school admission requirements, visit our high-school students page.
For international admission requirements, visit the international students page.

You can find general information on our main admissions page.

What is the program of study like?

The Bachelor of Science degree is the only geomatics engineering degree in Western Canada recognized by the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Courses cover a broad range of geomatics engineering disciplines and equip graduates for a professional career in Canada and in other parts of the world. Class sizes are small, so there are many opportunities for hands-on experience.

Our department also offers numerous undergraduate scholarships in a variety of interest areas in geomatics engineering. These are in addition to the university-wide scholarships that are available.

What are the career opportunities?

Exciting careers exist in both the private and public sectors. In the private sector, geomatics engineers work in small to medium-sized businesses or large corporations with global opportunities such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Trimble, Shell, Encana, ESRI, NASA, Altalink, and others. In the public sector, geomatics engineers are in demand in government agencies, colleges and universities.

Some specific skills are in high demand, including Cadastral surveying, GPS, Personal Navigation, UAVs, GIS, Lidar, Metrology, Earth Observation, Environmental Assessment, Biomedical Imaging and Ocean Floor Mapping.

What do students say about the program?

These are only a few of the many positive comments students have made about their experience in our geomatics program.

“Class sizes are small so the students get to work closely with their professors.”

Brendan Lee
September 2013

“Geomatics students form tight-knit friendships with their classmates due to the small class sizes.”

Geomatics Engineering Student Society Council
September 2013

“With a smaller department, the professors also get to know their students better. They know you by name and they are familiar with your work and personality. The professors in geomatics were always available to help with questions and problems. They also got involved in our various events like Engg Week.”

“I have nothing but fond memories from my time at the University of Calgary in the Department of Geomatics Engineering. The friendships I made there I still have today."

Vivianne Mansour
Graduate - 2005

“It did not take me long to get four job offers before I completed my MSc program in geomatics engineering in 1989. After I founded my company, MRF Geosystems Corporation, I hired many graduates from the geomatics engineering program as well. The program has attracted many talented students. Their solid geomatics training and extensive skills make them ideal for many organizations.”

Gary Zhang
President
MRF Geosystems Corporation

For more information

Department of Geomatics Engineering

Telephone: (403) 220-4559

Student Enquiries

Visit the Department of Geomatics Engineering page.

For more information about joint degree programs

For students in the Faculty of Arts

Arts Program Information Centre

102 Social Sciences Building
Phone: 403-220-3580
Email: artsads@ucalgary.ca
Web: arts.ucalgary.ca/advising

For students in the Faculty of Science

Undergraduate Science Centre

445 Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building
Phone: 403-220-8600
Email: usc@ucalgary.ca
Web: ucalgary.ca/science/undergraduate/usc

Engineering Student Centre

SB 149
Phone: 403-220-5732 
Email:  engginfo@ucalgary.ca

Additional resources

View course listings in the University of Calgary Calendar.
See how to apply.
Learn more about tuition and fees.

Learn more about what it’s like to be an engineer by visiting Discover Engineering Online.

What degree programs, minors and specializations are offered?

Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering

Interdisciplinary specializations

Biomedical Engineering Specialization (BMES)
This unique, faculty-wide program integrates the study of complex living systems with engineering principles. Students learn how to apply these traditional principles and analysis to human health and medicine.

Visit the Biomedical Engineering website.
View program details in the University of Calgary Calendar.

Energy and Environment Specialization (ENEE)
This program is the first of its kind in Canada. Students learn about the direct and indirect impact energy-related activities have on the environment and how to understand, avoid, reduce and solve potential problems.

Visit the Energy and Environment website.
View program details in the University of Calgary Calendar.

Concentrations

Concentration in Cadastral Surveying

The concentration in cadastral surveying is for students who have in interest in pursuing a career as a professional land surveyor. Students in the concentration take technical electives in geodetic and engineering surveys, survey law, land use planning, hydrographic surveying, and business where they learn the skills required for determining property boundaries and the measurement and analysis of land related information.

Map your Geomatics career

Wondering which electives to choose? Learn more about careers in Geomatics, and see what core courses and technical electives can help you get there.

What are the admission requirements?

Admission averages vary, but in recent years students required an average of about 86 percent. All applicants must present grades for the following five high-school subjects (or their equivalents):

  • English 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Pure Math 30
  • Math 31 (Calculus)

View admission equivalents for Canadian high-school and international students.

For high-school admission requirements, visit our high-school students page.
For international admission requirements, visit the international students page.

You can find general information on our main admissions page.

What is the program of study like?

The Bachelor of Science degree is the only geomatics engineering degree in Western Canada recognized by the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Courses cover a broad range of geomatics engineering disciplines and equip graduates for a professional career in Canada and in other parts of the world. Class sizes are small, so there are many opportunities for hands-on experience.

Our department also offers numerous undergraduate scholarships in a variety of interest areas in geomatics engineering. These are in addition to the university-wide scholarships that are available.

What are the career opportunities?

Exciting careers exist in both the private and public sectors. In the private sector, geomatics engineers work in small to medium-sized businesses or large corporations with global opportunities such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Trimble, Shell, Encana, ESRI, NASA, Altalink, and others. In the public sector, geomatics engineers are in demand in government agencies, colleges and universities.

Some specific skills are in high demand, including Cadastral surveying, GPS, Personal Navigation, UAVs, GIS, Lidar, Metrology, Earth Observation, Environmental Assessment, Biomedical Imaging and Ocean Floor Mapping.

What do students say about the program?

These are only a few of the many positive comments students have made about their experience in our geomatics program.

“Class sizes are small so the students get to work closely with their professors.”

Brendan Lee
September 2013

“Geomatics students form tight-knit friendships with their classmates due to the small class sizes.”

Geomatics Engineering Student Society Council
September 2013

“With a smaller department, the professors also get to know their students better. They know you by name and they are familiar with your work and personality. The professors in geomatics were always available to help with questions and problems. They also got involved in our various events like Engg Week.”

“I have nothing but fond memories from my time at the University of Calgary in the Department of Geomatics Engineering. The friendships I made there I still have today."

Vivianne Mansour
Graduate - 2005

“It did not take me long to get four job offers before I completed my MSc program in geomatics engineering in 1989. After I founded my company, MRF Geosystems Corporation, I hired many graduates from the geomatics engineering program as well. The program has attracted many talented students. Their solid geomatics training and extensive skills make them ideal for many organizations.”

Gary Zhang
President
MRF Geosystems Corporation

For more information

Department of Geomatics Engineering

Telephone: (403) 220-4559

Student Enquiries

Visit the Department of Geomatics Engineering page.

For more information about joint degree programs

For students in the Faculty of Arts

Arts Program Information Centre

102 Social Sciences Building
Phone: 403-220-3580
Email: artsads@ucalgary.ca
Web: arts.ucalgary.ca/advising

For students in the Faculty of Science

Undergraduate Science Centre

445 Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building
Phone: 403-220-8600
Email: usc@ucalgary.ca
Web: ucalgary.ca/science/undergraduate/usc

Engineering Student Centre

SB 149
Phone: 403-220-5732 
Email:  engginfo@ucalgary.ca

Additional resources

View course listings in the University of Calgary Calendar.
See how to apply.
Learn more about tuition and fees.

Learn more about what it’s like to be an engineer by visiting Discover Engineering Online.