About the program
Geomatics engineering is a varied and exciting technology discipline that leads to careers having a great indoor/outdoor balance. It requires a combination of design, computer, and measurement skills with field work, lab experiments, and computer modelling to solve a variety of problems that have a common attribute: spatial location. This 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.
The concentration in cadastral surveying is for students who have in interest in pursuing a career as a professional land surveyor. Students in this concentration take technical electives in geodetic and engineering surveys, survey law, land use planning, hydrographic surveying and business. They learn the skills required for determining property boundaries, and the measurement and analysis of land-related information.
Optional Interdisciplinary specializations
Biomedical Engineering Specialization
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.
Energy and Environment Specialization
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.
Geomatics engineers are increasingly in demand, both in Canada and internationally. They can work in the private sector in small to medium enterprises or in large multinational corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Trimble, Shell, Encana, ESRI, NASA and Altalink. In the public sector, geomatics engineers work in government agencies, colleges and universities. Exciting careers can include personal navigation on smart phones, unmanned aerial systems, Earth observation, biomedical imaging and more.
Graduates can focus on:
- Professional land surveying
- Navigation systems engineering
- Urban planning
- Geographic information systems engineering
- Geodetic engineering
- Geospatial software development
- Pipeline integrity management
- Photogrammetric engineering
- Remote sensing analysis
A degree in engineering can also lead to graduate studies or a professional degree in law, medicine, veterinary medicine or architecture.
An academic path that works
Our students follow a tried and true educational path. This includes a common first year, an internship opportunity after year three and an exciting design project to cap things off.
Common 1st year
Undergraduate students spend their first year learning about the broad world of engineering. From there, they focus their studies on a specific engineering discipline for the remainder of their degree.
Choose a major
In their second year of studies, undergraduate students begin taking courses in their major. These programs include: electrical, civil, software, chemical, mechanical, geomatics, and oil and gas engineering.
Between their third and fourth year, students can apply to do an internship. These paid work experiences range from 12 to 16 months. For students interested in international internships, one in 15 intern abroad.
During their fourth year of study, students undertake a team design project. Many work with an industry partner. Together, they develop well-researched and tested solutions to real-world challenges.
Earn an engineering degree and a business degree
Are you torn between choosing an engineering or business education? At the University of Calgary you can simultaneously complete a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce in five years. This unique program is offered in partnership with the Haskayne School of Business.
Undergraduate admission enquiries
Engineering Student Centre
ENC 205, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
622 Collegiate Place NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8
Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex (EN)