Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc in Eng)
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What you will learn in this program
Geomatics engineers ask questions such as: How are underground petroleum reservoirs found? Can we more accurately measure climate change through technology? How are aerial images captured for land use planning?
Geomatics engineering is an information technology discipline that deals with the acquisition, modelling, analysis and management of spatial data. Geomatics is one of the fastest growing information sciences, which means the techniques and skills you’ll gain will be in high demand within a wide range of real world work environments. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through working on advanced-level projects.
This program features a common first year, which consists of 10 courses in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications and design. These courses will provide you with a solid foundation for your engineering training and introduce you to a variety of engineering disciplines. You'll apply for admission to a specific engineering program at the end of your first year.
As a geomatics engineer, you’ll have global opportunities to work in areas such as telecommunications, oil and gas, scientific research, and more. A degree in engineering can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.
Courses you'll take:
Computing for Engineers, Engineering Design and Communication, General Chemistry for Engineers, Spectral Analysis in Geomatics, Calculus for Engineers and Scientists
Admission requirements and information
Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.
Internship experience - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience through a 12-16 month placement.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
Schulich School of Engineering is a bit of a hotbed for geomatics in North America. The professors and instructors are top of the line. And there’s also really practical hands-on work experience with the technologies that we’re using out in industry. You can work in an office, you can work on a boat, you can work on a plane, maybe you’ll be doing kind of traditional survey work, satellite navigation, helping cars drive themselves. You really can be at the forefront of whatever you want to be
Bryan L., BSc (Eng)’12
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Geomatics measures the size and shape of the Earth and objects on and above Earth as well. You’re going to learn new and exciting technologies: anything from your cell phone positioning applications - to digital imaging – to collecting data for biomedical applications. There’s also land surveying. Careers in geomatics are quite diverse. We have students working on programming, in the positioning and navigation field, or working in oil and gas companies in pipeline development and planning.
Mark Petovello, PhD, P.Eng. — Professor
Join our community in fall 2018
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.
In the summer after your third year before your fourth year, you go out to a 10-day long survey camp out in Kananaskis. It’s a lot of work but you get a lot out of it, you’re getting a lot of practical experience. You’re learning a lot about the industry, but you also get to bond with your year, you get a lot closer together and then everyone’s best friends.