Are you interested in issues involving maps, collection and analysis of geographic information, geodetic measurement technology, 3D visualisation of landscapes and cities, community building or infrastructure development from a geographical perspective?
Geomatics is an umbrella term for disciplines that use digital or analogue maps. In addition to cartography and mapmaking, geomatics includes, for example, geodesy, the collection of landscape information, spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing making use of digital images from satellites, airplanes and drones.
The geomatics group at Karlstad University.
Photo: Andreas Pettersson
The subject Geomatics offers a Bachelor of Engineering in Surveying Technology and Geographical IT, which comprises foundational courses in geodesy, mathematics, programming, database technology, cartography, GIS, remote sensing and real estate law. Specialised courses are offered in GIS analysis, GPS measuring techniques, construction surveying, software development and scientific methods. The programme includes a practical component where students complete a practical placement – perhaps leading to contact with a prospective employer. The programme concludes with a larger independent degree project with a specialisation of your choice.
We also offer a Bachelor’s programme in Land Surveying and Cartography, specialising in cartographic and measurement techniques. This programme is similar to the engineering programme, but includes less mathematics and therefore has lower entry requirements. Instead of geographic analyses, the programme focuses on measurement, mapping and visualisation, project management and business administration. Students are given skills that are in demand at consulting and construction firms. This programme also includes a practical component and concludes with a degree project.