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Surveying and Geomatics Sciences




We understand our world more and more each day, with location-based awareness and increasingly detailed mapping technologies. A TROY degree in geomatics will prepare you for a place in the exciting field of geospatial informatics by equipping you with the skills to understand, handle, manipulate, and manage geographically based information in meaningful ways. A cornerstone to the growing (and shrinking) world, the geographic conceptualization of large data sets is essential to our continued understanding of our place in the world.

Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program

ABET Accredited 

News and Events

TROY geomatics students earn top national spot

Troy University Surveying and Geomatics Sciences students, from left, Justin Murray, Michael Johnson and Joshua Butts earned first place in the National Society of Professional Surveyors Student Competition this month. The team, with their advisor Dr. Xutong Niu, right, traveled to Portland, Ore. to compete against seven other universities. (For full story please click here.)

TROY's Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program earns national accreditation

Dr. Steve Ramroop, director of Troy University's Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program, brings practical experiences into the classroom for students in his program, which has recently earned national accreditation. (For full story please click here.)

TROY geomatics team takes top honors in national competition

Troy University surveying and geomatics students took first place nationally in the National Society Professional Surveyors 10th Annual Student Competition. A. Wayne Harrison, left, president of the NSPS, presented the students a medal and a crystal bowl trophy for their efforts. Students Lee Ferrell, Michael Johnson, Chase Boutwell, Robin McLendon, Wade Ward and NSPS president-elect William Coleman participated in the award ceremony. (For full story please click here.)

2011 News & Events

Elbert A. Botts Estate donates $1.4 million to Troy University


Thank you for your interest in the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program at Troy University.

Troy University is an excellent choice to meet your educational objectives. It is small enough to provide the personal attention you deserve in one-on-one student advising and small class sizes, but big enough to provide the facilities and advanced technical equipment necessary to understand the fundamental concepts of your chosen profession.

Our Program has been described as a ‘practical’ program with a focus. Our objective is to provide you the knowledge, communications skills, and ability to successfully pursue a career as a geomatics professional. The Program began in 1998, and produced its first graduates in May 2000. One of the benefits of a new program is the opportunity to shape the curriculum to meet the current demands of the profession. The program is guided by an Advisory Board of recognized professionals in the field. The distinguished faculty are able to explain the latest theory in the field, and have a basis in practical work experience to share with students. 
The general program of study for a four-year degree in Surveying and Geomatics Sciences is enclosed. This program of study can be adjusted to meet your specific needs and interests in the field of geomatics. The core courses in the major provide a study of the several sub disciplines in Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program: land surveying, land development, photogrammetry, remote sensing, geodesy, and geographic information systems (GIS). The eighteen semester hour minor provides the opportunity to prepare for a specific job opportunity after graduation, business ownership, or graduate school. Excellent student advising is available to you to help you make these choices.

Our program has the active support of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Students can apply for the scholarships provided by ASPLS and find that the Society provides for their attendance at ASPLS conventions and conferences at no cost. Join the growing Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program at Troy University. Contact Dr. Steve Ramroop, at (334) 670-5693 or by email to discuss how the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program can meet your individual needs and career objectives.
Welcome to the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program at Troy University. The goal of the Program is to provide a high-quality program of study in the sub disciplines of geomatics including classical survey fundamentals, land surveying, land development, photogrammetry and remote sensing, geodesy and GPS, least squares adjustment, and geographic information systems (GIS).

To implement this goal, the program has several objectives:

  • Provide students the opportunity to prepare themselves to successfully pass the Fundamentals of Surveying Licensing Exam. The program is recognized by the Alabama Engineers and Land Surveyors Board. This board is tasked with the responsibility of setting rules and procedures for implementing the law concerning the licensure and the practice of Professional Land Surveyors in Alabama.
  • Provide each student the opportunity to learn and apply the fundamental theory behind the practice of each sub discipline of geomatics. You benefit by being capable of developing a solid geomatics career upon graduation, and by being able to understand and incorporate future technological advances into your practice. We recognize the high probability of rapid technological innovation and development in geomatics hardware, software, and practice.
  • Provide each student with opportunity to gain experience developing and presenting proposals and design projects. We recognize that a graduate’s effectiveness in the workplace is directly related to his/her communications skills.
  • Provide each student the opportunity to broaden their backgrounds with a wide range of general studies courses designed to help graduates understand and work effectively with others in the workplace.

Student study of geomatics theory and applications takes place through a series of core classes. The Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program Coordinator will work with each student to assist in adapting the program to meet each student’s individual needs. 
Each student is encouraged to gain a minimum of two summer’s work experience in his or her sub discipline of geomatics before graduation. The benefit to you is the opportunity to gain valuable work experience; work with future colleagues; and to personally experience working in your career field. Work experience before graduation may provide a higher paying job because employers may reward you for being able to produce product immediately upon hire.

What is Geomatics?      

Geomatics is a professional career field involved with sophisticated equipment on the land using models of the earth, computers, and professional judgement to provide spatial data products for clients.

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Meet our Faculty and Staff




Are you good in Math and Science? Are you interested in computers, high technology, and the environment? If you answered yes to these questions, then a career in Surveying is for you.

Graduates of Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program have a direct and substantial impact on the shaping and preservation of the environment. Surveyors work with the most modern and precise satellite navigation systems and measurement devices yet developed to locate ownership boundaries and other features.    Surveyors regularly work with legal issues ranging from boundary location to land development and environmental regulation.    Surveyors play key roles in the design and construction of the nation's buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels, water-supply systems, and utilities. Some surveyors may design and build computer systems for purposes such as land management, resource management, utility organization, traffic control, and urban planning. Other surveyors help less developed countries to change their land ownership systems to promote economic growth and democracy. Many surveyors also work toward environmental protection and efficient utilization of the earth's resources.

Surveying is a growing field   

Surveying is discerned from many other disciplines by the breadth and availability of potential jobs, and the diverse locations of job opportunities. Surveyors work everywhere from remote wilderness areas to large cities, and from exposed outdoor settings to climate-controlled offices, in careers ranging from land surveying and aerial mapping to satellite positioning, remote sensing, and software development. Surveyors have many opportunities to work in all areas of the globe for employers such as large international computer companies, international consulting firms, hometown companies, and federal, state, local, and occasionally foreign, governments. Also, many surveyors are self-employed in surveying, mapping, and consulting. Simply put, surveyors have a unique opportunity to influence land use, the environment, and society through a broad range of surveying careers.

Why Should I Pursue a Career in Geomatics?

  • I like working outdoors.
  • I feel good when I complete a meaningful project. The work in geomatics is project-oriented. Finish one job, then start another with different challenges and scenery.
  • I want to live and work near my hometown. Geomatics porfessionals provide services needed in every community.
  • I want to own my own business! Numerous business opportunities are projected as existing geomatics professionals retire.
  • I want to make a meaningful contribution to society! Professional membership in the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping gives you the opportunity to work with other professionals to make a difference.
  • I want to be paid well in my career! Geomatics four year graduates from Troy University are offered competitive starting salaries and enjoy excellent promotional opportunities.

Why a Four Year Degree?   

New technological innovations and models of the earth's shape and gravity field require those who understand the underlying fundamentals of the field of geomatics. Due to this rapidly changing technology and need to understand survey theory and models, many states including Alabama, require a four-year degree to sit for the licensing examinations in this profession.  A  four-year degree is the fastest path to licensure and access to the great benefits of a satisfying and rewarding career in geomatics.Troy University Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program Troy University offers a high quality professional program in Geomatics structured to give each student the individual attention they deserve. The program of instruction provides coverage of each of the sub disciplines of geomatics:

The Program's Objectives include:

  1. Graduates will be prepared to obtain quality entry-level positions within the Surveying and Geomatics profession.
  2. Employers will be pleased with the quality and performance of graduates.
  3. Graduates are well prepared for the licensure process of examinations and experience.
  4. Graduates will hold wide-ranging positions within the diverse disciplines of the Surveying and Geomatics fields.
  5. Graduates have grown and advanced into managerial/ownership/leadership positions within the Surveying and Geomatics fields.

:: About the College of Arts and Sciences

Whether your interests are in solving crimes, keeping up with computer technology, protecting the environment or somewhere in between, Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences has just the place for you. As one of the most dynamic colleges in the University, Arts and Sciences provides a modern, quality education that will prepare you to excel in your chosen field.