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Geomatics or Surveying Engineering Degree from NMSU has 100% placement rate for our graduates seeking employment within 6-months of graduations with average NM salaries over $65K – SOURCE: Based on May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the state of NM published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Cartographers
  • Crew Chief
  • Geospatial Data Analyst
  • Land Surveyor
  • LiDAR Analyst
  • Photogrammetrists
  • Surveyor


Students must complete all University degree requirements, which can be seen with full details on the Geomatics/Surveying Catalog Page. Degree requirements include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. A typical 2-year graduation plan after transfer credit can be seen below.

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See the General Education section of this catalog for a full list of courses
  • Area I: Communications
  • Area II: Mathematics
  • Area III: Laboratory Sciences
  • Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science
  • Area V: Humanities
  • Area VI: Fine Arts
  • TE: See the Technical Electives section for a full list of courses
  • VWW: See the Viewing Wider World section for a full list of courses
  • Elective: Credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. Students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.
General Education/Electives (59) Fall (15) Spring (15) Summer (6) Fall (16) Spring (15)
  SUR 292 (3) SUR 328 (3) SUR 451 (3) E T 421 (3)
  WWW (3) SUR 285 (3) SUR 452 (3) SUR 464 (3) E T 355 (3)
  TE* (3) SUR 361 (3) SUR 401 (3) GEOG 481 (4) VWW (3)
Choose one (3)
SUR 351 (3) SUR 485 (3) I E 451 (3)
Choose one (3)
SUR 312 (3) SUR 461 (3) TE* (3)
TE*:Could be substituted by transferred credit         GRAND TOTAL: 120


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The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are aligned with the Institution’s mission to serve the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service. As the state’s land grant university, it is the responsibility of educational programs, especially those in engineering technology, to prepare students to enter the local and regional workforce and engage them in community service along the way. 

The program educational objectives of the Geomatics Program at NMSU are:

  1. NMSU Geomatics Program graduates will acquire the ability to become a licensed professional surveyor or a recognized geospatial professional.
  2. NMSU Geomatics Program graduates will demonstrate leadership potential by becoming actively involved with local, state or national professional organizations and will demonstrate growth and advancement in the surveying or geospatial professions.

Student graduates in the NMSU Geomatics/Surveying Engineering program will have an an appropriate master of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools including:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  • An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgement to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Geomatics/Surveying will exhibit the skills and characteristics specified under the Department’s Program Outcomes. These Outcomes will be evaluated via the following Assessment Tools:

  • Performance in specific components of student work in individual courses.
  • Performance in senior project.
  • Performance in SUR 452 course.
  • Performance in NSPS student competition [supplement].
  • Fundamental of Surveying exam [not used in initial accreditation cycle].



Ahmed Elaksher

Geomatics Coordinator
Associate Professor


Kurt Wurm

Associate Professor

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