Geomatics Degree

Geomatics Students

An Oregon Tech Geomatics degree offers an exciting career that fuses land surveying techniques with computer technology.

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What will you learn:

Oregon Tech will give you the skills to be a land surveyor and/or geospatial professional by learning through using high performance geographical equipment and systems to analyze the great outdoors of Klamath Falls. At Oregon Tech, the study of Geomatics combines theory, problem-solving and field work to train students for an exciting career.

The location of the Klamath Falls campus provides great conditions to survey and analyze the Earth around us because of the approximate 300 days of sunshine year-round and includes unique arrangements of physical features and slope differences.


Dr. John Ritter, a Professor of Geomatics at Oregon Tech for more than twenty years, worked in conjunction with Sky Lakes Wellness Center to develop a model to identify health concerns within Klamath Falls using a web mapping system to communicate spatial variation in disease incidence.

This program has two options for students to specialize in: Surveying or Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Students who choose the Surveying Option will:

  • Use computer systems and equipment to find and define property lines in the city of sunshine
  • Plan out subdivisions to make creative and effective designs
  • Map boundary limits and learn how to write deed descriptions relative to property boundaries and more.

The land surveying option prepares students to pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examination and pursue licensure as a registered Professional Land Surveyor (PLS).

Students who choose the GIS Option will:

  • Map and geodatabase topology
  • Learn how to program functions and procedures into geographic information systems
  • Study the Earth's shape and how to project 2D and 3D maps onto its surface and more.

The GIS option will prepare students to become certified geographic information systems professionals.

All students learn the professional responsibility of protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, and become aware of global and cultural issues related to their discipline.

Accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET

Accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET,

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Geomatics, Surveying Option
  • Bachelor of Science in Geomatics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Option
  • Minor in Geographic Information Systems
  • Minor in Surveying


  • Klamath Falls

For Questions, Contact

Jack Walker

Jack Walker, Professor, Program Director



Jobs and Careers in Geomatics

Today, geomatics professionals use an integrated approach to measuring, analyzing and managing spatial data, employing high-tech equipment like Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), digital photogrammetry, digital total stations, satellite and terrestrial remote sensing to create a detailed but understandable picture of the Earth's natural and manmade features.

Oregon Tech’s curriculum prepares students for employment and licensure. Oregon Tech Geomatics students can apply for the Civil Engineering Cooperative Program (CECOP) for two 6-month internships during their junior year.

A sampling of where our graduates work:

  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • ESRI
  • Aspen GIS
  • Rhine-Cross Group

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists will employ 29% more people than are employed right now by 2024 which is much faster than average. (, July 14, 2017)

Graduate Success
Among all Oregon Tech degrees 2017-2019

Employed: 90%
Continuing Education: 6%
Success Rate: 96%
Starting Median Salary: $60,000
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Students have one-of-a-kind opportunities for projects in their courses. Geomatics students have been asked to find and define property lines in town, survey new territory like rivers and canals and create needed maps for purposes like emergencies and events.

Geomatics majors typically take courses in:

  • Field Surveying
  • Computer Programming
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Global Positioning Systems
  • Satellite and terrestrial remote sensing

The program also offers coursework in the more traditional areas of surveying, including boundary law, construction surveying, and computer-aided drafting.