Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science announced that its Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering (BSGE) program has received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. The program received the maximum accreditation of five years with no deficiencies and is retroactive to 2010.
The Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering accreditation allows students to have the educational background needed to apply for admission to the licensing exam, and designates FAU as the only school in the southeast United States with an accredited geomatics engineering program. FAU is the sixth school in the United States to have an accredited geomatics engineering program, the other five being: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA; California State University, Fresno, CA; Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM; Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
“All FAU graduates are employed as geomatics engineers, with jobs ranging from locating and tracking oil rig drilling bits underground, to assisting the chief surveyor on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project,” said Don Leone, Ph.D., P.E., professor and interim director of FAU’s geomatics engineering program. “Others, while headquartered in Florida, have been sent on surveying and mapping projects in Alaska and Oregon. This indicates a strong demand for our graduates, and a wide variety of job opportunities.”
The College of Engineering and Computer Science launched the program in 2007 in response to the 2005 change in Florida Statutes requiring individuals seeking state licensure as professional surveyors and mappers be trained at the baccalaureate level.
Geomatics is a term that incorporates “surveying and mapping” and other aspects of spatial data (information that has a location) management. Geomatics engineers are involved in a wide variety of information gathering activities and applications. They design, develop and operate systems for collecting and analyzing spatial information about the land, oceans, natural resources and manmade features.
The FAU Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering is a four-year, 120-credits program. The program provides students with the professional skills required for today’s geospatial specialist. For more information, contact Dr. Leone at 561-297-3104 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.cege.fau.edu
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