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Geomatics Engineering & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Graduate programs at University of Colorado Denver


The Geomatics Engineering and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs at the University of Colorado Denver provides broad-based expertise and cutting-edge skills that span the growing geospatial field, and helps alleviate the shortage of well-educated geospatial professionals. The programs are designed for both working professionals and full-time students.

Geomatics Engineering at CU Denver

  • is the only geomatics program in Colorado and one of a handful in the country
  • is administered by acclaimed industry professionals
  • enables students to complete their graduate degrees entirely online though the use of Internet-based courseware and web-conferencing technologies
  • allows students to work toward a Master of Engineering degree, a graduate certificate or conduct doctoral-level research

The Geomatics Engineering program is directed to engineers and other geospatial, environmental and urban infrastructure professionals seeking skills in using and managing these rapidly developing spatial data technologies. All programs are administered through the civil engineering department in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Graduates are prepared for careers in industry and/or science. Students who complete the program have a comprehensive understanding in all areas of geomatics engineering, empowering them to advance their careers in geospatial engineering or to continue their research and further advance the science.

Our Geomatics Engineering curriculum covers a wide range of geospatial principles. Learn from industry professionals in areas of surveying, geodesy, mapping science and cartography, GNSS and GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, high-definition surveying, GIS, and hydrography.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at CU Denver

Students seeking an advanced degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at CU Denver have three options: 

  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science
  • graduate certificate

The graduate programs in GIS are designed for students who are seeking skills in using and managing the rapidly developing spatial data and analysis technologies of GIS. They emphasize quantitaive methods in the development and application of GIS to a spectrum of discipline-specific settings.

 Geomatics Degree Programs

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Geomatics Engineering is designed for professionals who want a broad-based, in-depth education in Geomatics Engineering. The MEng requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering or a related field (math, natural science, information technology, computer science, or social science) from an accredited college or university.

The Master of Engineering requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, which includes courses from nine core areas, electives and the defense of an advanced master's report.

PhD

For information about PhD research in Geomatics Engineering and GIS, please contact the Department of Civil Engineering, civilengineering@ucdenver.edu or 303-556-2871.

Graduate Certificate

Successful completion of five geomatics engineering courses covering surveying, GIS, remote sensing, GPS/GNSS, and mapping science and cartography qualifies students for a graduate certificate in Geomatics Engineering. The courses may be taken without formal admission to the Master of Engineering program. However, all course prerequisites apply, and students must have a bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites

All graduate students are expected to have completed the prerequisite requirements relevant to geomatics engineering.Find a list of required prerequisites at engineering.ucdenver.edu/civil/prerequisites.

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 GIS Degree Programs

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Geographic Information Systesm (GIS) is designed for engineering and other environmental and urban infrastructure professionals who are seeking a multidisciplinary master's degree. The MEng requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering or a related field (math, natural science, information technology, computer science, or social science) from an accredited college or university.

The Master of Engineering requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, which includes nine courses and 3 credit hours for an advanced master's report.

Master of Science

The Master of Science in GIS is designed for engineers who are seeking a master's degree with a focus on GIS and civil engineering. The MS requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering from an accredited college of university.

The Master of Science requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, which includes nine courses and 3 credit hours for an advanced master's report or master's t thesis.

Graduate Certificate

Successful completion of four GIS courses qualifies students for a graduate certificate in Geomatics Engineering. The courses may be taken without formal admission to the master's degree programs. However, all course prerequisites apply, and students must have a bachelor's degree.

PhD

For information about PhD research in Geomatics Engineering and GIS, please contact the Department of Civil Engineering, civilengineering@ucdenver.edu or 303-556-2871.

Prerequisites

All graduate students are expected to have completed the prerequisite requirements relevant to geomatics engineering. Find a list of required prerequisites at engineering.ucdenver.edu/civil/prerequisites.

Click here for Admission Requirements

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 Courses

 Faculty

Faculty in GIS and Geomatics are leading researchers and practicing industry professionals familiar with the latest GIS techniques and practices.

 

Delmar Anderson

Lt. Col Delmar “Andy” Anderson (USAF Reserves Retired) has extensive experience in geospatial intelligence supporting the U.S. Intelligence Community and private corporations.  While in the USAF and the federal government, he directed teams tha produced command and national intelligence assessments to include geographic analysis, all-source analysis global energy security, food security, environmental security, exploitation of satellite imagery, applications of geographic information systems, illicit narcotics crop assessments, and more. He has held positions in various military units, including the USAF Intelligence Agency, the 1381st Geodetic Squadron, the U.S. Military Assistance Command and the U.S. Air Force Academy. As an independent consultant, Anderson has provided consulting services in remote sensing and GIS to major U.S. government agencies and corporations.

Anderson received his Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University, his Master of Science from Northwestern University and his PhD from University of Kansas.

 

Jan Van Sickle

Jan Van Sickle has more than 40 years experience in GIS, GPS, surveying, mapping and imagery. He created and led the GIS department at Qwest Communications for the company’s 25,000-mile worldwide fiber optic network. He also led the team that built the GIS for natural gas gathering in the Barnett Shale area of Texas. Van Sickle has authored five books, including GPS for Land Surveyors, Basic GIS Coordinates and Surveying Solved Problems.  He has myriad professional accomplishments and is a Senior Lecturer at Penn State University. He was formerly on the board of RM-ASPRS, was the vice-chairman of GIS in the Rockies and is former chairman of the US West chapter of the Americas Petroleum Survey Group. 

 

He earned his PhD in geospatial engineering from the University of Colorado and has been a licensed professional Land Surveyor for 31 years.  Van Sickle is currently licensed in Colorado, California, Oregon, Texas, North Dakota, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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 Contact

For additional information about the program, admission procedures or requirements, contact the Department of Civil Engineering at 303-556-2871 or civilengineering@ucdenver.edu


Department of Civil Engineering

University of Colorado Denver

Campus Box 113

P.O. Box 173364

Denver, Colorado 80217-3364

 

303-556-2871

civilengineering@ucdenver.edu

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