Bachelor of Geomatics

The Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering, offers a non-engineering baccalaureate degree, Bachelor of Geomatics.

NOTE: For Department information, see the Bachelor of Science in Engineering [Geomatics Engineering] program section.

Even though admission to the Geomatics degree may be granted after completion of the appropriate secondary school courses, it is preferred that applicants have successfully completed a programme of geomatics engineering technology [GET] or its equivalent. Usually at least two years in duration, the GET should have included or have been supplemented with courses in calculus, computer science, and probability and statistics at a level equivalent to first year university. Some advanced credit for those academic efforts, or for academic efforts at any other form of post-secondary education, may then be given.

The recommended first year calculus courses for students who have obtained a passing score on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics placement test [offered during the orientation session at the beginning of the fall term] are MATH 1003 and MATH 1013. Students with insufficient scores may be required to take remedial mathematics courses which may prolong their studies at UNB because of prerequisite sequencing.

The Bachelor of Geomatics cannot be done after having completed the Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Geomatics Engineering.


With a minimum of 120 credit hours (ch) in the Geomatics program, students are required to complete:

a. a core of mathematics, computer science, general science, and geomatics subjects; and
b. a minimum of 11 ch of approved technical electives, with at least 6 ch of GGE 5000 level courses.
Credit hours for courses are listed in the course descriptions portion of the calendar.

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses to be used as credit toward the degree.

Students who have previous post-secondary educational efforts are advised to write to the Chair of the Department for information on credits that may be awarded.

Students who wish to academically prepare to become professional land surveyors, but not professional engineers, should follow the Cadastral Surveying Option, comprising the following four electives [13 ch]: CE 5313 or GGE 5813, CE 5342 or GGE 5842 , GGE 5521 and GGE 5532 . See note below.

The program has been designed to be completed in 6 terms, with reasonable course loads. However, students may proceed at a slower rate but all requirements must be completed within 8 consecutive years. Detailed program information is available from the Department. 


Descriptions of courses offered by the various Departments are given in the "Fredericton Courses" Section of this Calendar.

As stated in their descriptions, many courses have prerequisite courses or corequisite courses or both. It is expected that students will have completed at least the prerequisite courses prior to doing a course in order to be adequately prepared to deal with the material of that course. Those who have not completed these prerequisites can expect to spend additional time acquiring this background knowledge on their own and should budget more time for that course. Nonetheless, a course instructor has the right to insist that students may take her/his course only if they have met the prerequisite or corequisite stipulations or both.

The credit hour weighting of a course is also an indication of the amount of time that may have to be spent on a course. Generally, the number of hours per week [including all scheduled class time] could be from 2 to 3 times the number of credit hours. As an example, a course is shown as being “(2C, 3L) 4 ch”. This means that a student might spend up to 8 to 12 hours per week, including the scheduled 5 hours of lectures [C] and lab [L]. Students who have not completed the prerequisites can expect to spend more time than this.

Core Courses [all required]

CE 3963 Engineering Economy
CS 1003 Introduction to Computer Programming
ECON 1073 Economics for Engineers
ENGG 4013 Law and Ethics for Engineers
GGE 1001 Introduction to Geodesy & Geomatics
GGE 2012 Advanced Surveying
GGE 2013 Advanced Surveying Practicum
GGE 2423 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GGE 2501 Land Administration I
GGE 3022 Survey Design and Analysis
GGE 3023 Surveying Design Practicum
GGE 3042 Space Geodesy
GGE 3111 Introduction to Adjustment Calculus
GGE 3122 Advanced Adjustment Calculus
GGE 3202 Geodesy I
GGE 3342 Imaging and Mapping I
GGE 3353 Imaging and Mapping II
GGE 4022 Precision Surveying
GGE 4211 Geodesy II
GGE 4313 Imaging and Mapping III
GGE 4423 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GGE 4512 Land Administration II
MATH 1003 Introduction to Calculus I
MATH 1013 Introduction to Calculus II
MATH 1503 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 2513 Multivariable Calculus for Engineers
STAT 2593 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
TME 3313 Managing Engineering & IT Projects

Technical Electives [at least 6 ch required]:

GGE 5011 Oceanography, Tides, and Water Levels
GGE 5012 Marine Geology and Geophysics
GGE 5013 Oceanography for Hydrographers
GGE 5023 Tides and Water Levels
GGE 5033 Marine Geology for Hydrographers
GGE 5041 Engineering Surveying
GGE 5042 Kinematic Positioning
GGE 5043 Marine Geophysics for Hydrographers
GGE 5061 Mining Surveying
GGE 5072 Hydrographic Data Management
GGE 5093 Industrial Metrology
GGE 5131 Special Studies in Adjustments
GGE 5222 Gravity Field and Geodetic Networks
GGE 5242 Special Studies in Geodesy
GGE 5322 Digital Image Processing
GGE 5332 Special Studies in Photogrammetry
GGE 5403 Web Mapping and Map Mashups
GGE 5413 Special Studies in Digital Mapping
GGE 5521 Survey Law
GGE 5532 Land Economy & Administration
GGE 5543 Marine Policy, Law, and Administration
GGE 5813 Urban Planning for Geomatics
GGE 5842 Site Planning for Geomatics
Other technical electives may be done, with prior Departmental approval.

Cadastral Surveying Option within Geomatics

Students who complete the Bachelor of Geomatics at UNB with the four technical electives, CE 5313 or GGE 5813 , CE 5342 or GGE 5842 , GGE 5521 and GGE 5532 , will have the following notation placed on their transcripts: “COMPLETED CADASTRAL SURVEYING OPTION”.