Geomatics professionals are commonly employed by: civil engineering, environmental engineering and engineering consulting firms; land surveying firms; local governments; state and federal resources agencies; resource exploration and development firms - including renewable energy developers; large construction and development firms and utilities. Students completing the degree in geography with an emphasis in geomatics may also pursue graduate degrees in geography, geodesy, surveying and select fields in engineering.
The major in geography with emphasis in geomatics consists of 32 semester hours of required course work in surveying, mapping and the environmental and human traditions of geography and nine semester hours of electives chosen from among courses in surveying, remote sensing and land management/planning. Students with career interests in land surveying are encouraged to develop additional analytical skills through the Certificate in GIS. Class sizes in courses required for the Geography major average between 35 and 50, while enrollments in Geomatics electives are often between 10 and 20. Northern Illinois is vibrant and complex region and an ideal setting for the learning and observing the range of geomatics applications. Our location - adjacent to the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas - provides unparalleled access to internship, work-study and other career development opportunities.