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BSCE Geospatial Option Program


About The Program

The Geospatial Engineering Option offers a breadth of civil engineering, with a focus in land surveying and geospatial engineering technologies.


The Geospatial Engineering Option program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under both criteria:
 Civil Engineering
 Surveying Engineering


The BSCE Geospatial Engineering Option has a wide range of land surveying, civil and geospatial engineering courses:



Water Resources Eng.

Cadastral Surveying

Construction Eng.


Structural Eng.

Digital Mapping

Geotechnical Eng.

Geographic Information System (GIS)

Transportation Eng.

Satellite Surveying

Professional Licensure

Since the Geospatial Engineering Option program is accredited under both the Civil and Surveying Engineering Criteria, students are able to become both:
 Professional Land Surveyor (PLS)
 Professional Engineer (PE)


The Geospatial Engineering Option offers a large number of employment opportunities in civil and geospatial engineering fields, such as:
 Land Development
 Surveying Engineering
 Land Surveying
 Geospatial/Geomatics Engineering
 Geographic Information System (GIS)
 Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
 Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)
 Drone Pilot

Employment Salaries

The salaries for graduates with a degree in BSCE Geospatial Engineering Option are shown below from the Bureau of Labor. The salaries shown range from entry, mid, senior, and executive career levels. The employment wages as of May 2017 are:


Work Environment

Geospatial Engineers work in a multifaceted set of locations and conditions. They may spend some of their time working indoors in offices or collecting geospatial data outdoors at construction or project sites. The largest employers are:
 Engineering Services
 State Government
 Local Government
 Nonresidential Building Construction
 Federal Government
Geospatial Engineers on average work about 40 hours per week.


How To Apply

Apply online for undergraduate admissions. Applications are accepted online at:
 A student may enter the program in Fall semester
 Indicate major, and desired emphasis area in the application:
Major: Civil Engineering
Option: Geospatial Engineering

Types of Geospatial Engineering

Geospatial Engineers work alongside other engineers, architects and land developers to map the natural and built environment and define legal boundaries to support urban development and infrastructure projects. Geospatial Engineers work with geospatial technologies, including; Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and remote sensing (e.g., Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), photogrammetry, etc.).

Remote Sensing

Remote sensing comprises earth observation platforms, for example, ground (mobile), small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUASs), manned aircraft, and spaceborne to map and model the natural and built environment. Applications range from water resources and management, water quality, transportation, geotechnical, structures, construction, urban planning, biology, climate, natural disasters, and agricultural among many other. The outcomes of implementing such technologies result in high-resolution 2D and 3D digital products, which include point clouds, orthophotos, Digital Surface Models (DSMs), Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), and maps, similar to those found in commercial software, for example, Google earth and Microsoft bing. At Cal Poly Pomona, students learn the fundamental concepts of remote sensing, including data acquisition, processing, and analysis to generate deliverables, such as 3D surface models that support decision making.

Geographic information systems (GIS)

GIS are computerized systems for the acquisition, storage, retrieval, manipulation, analysis, presentation, and management of spatial data. GIS is applied in numerous fields of endeavor including transportation, water resources, urban planning, emergency management, and wildlife conservation. At Cal Poly Pomona, students learn the fundamentals of GIS and acquire practical GIS skills with the use of ArcGIS, an industry-standard software. Students work on a meaningful GIS project which they present at the end of the semester, and occasionally at a conference. Sample student projects include identifying roads to be redesigned for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), mapping bicycle paths and shuttle routes, using Pavement Condition Index (PCI) values to prioritize roads to repair, determining optimum locations for building fire stations, delineating evacuation routes, and analyzing the impact of homelessness on water quality.

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

GNSS is a system consist of multiple constellations of earth-orbiting satellites, maintained separately by the United States, Russian, European and Chinese government. It is a system of satellites and control stations that provides accurate positioning information to users worldwide.

Digital Mapping

Digital Mapping involves study of history and principles of laser scanning (Light Detection and Ranging, LiDAR). It involves the study of radiation physics and spectral signatures, radiation scattering of smooth and rough surfaces. Laser scanning can be in various platforms: terrestrial stationary and mobile, aerial and spaceborne . Electronic data collected is then transfer and interfacing with various software. It applies 2D and 3D coordinate transformation to register and georeferenced dense point clouds. At Cal Poly Pomona, students will create solid and surface models based on data collected. Visualization and animation is a big part of our curriculum as this generation of engineers are natural visual learner.

Cadastral Surveys

Cadastral surveys apply both art (legal principles) and science (precise measurement) in land surveying topics. Legal principles involves study of historical, social, political geographical and economic aspects of real property and boundary law in America. It emphasis on social and historical aspects of the extent and limits of property ownership. It is a synthesis of the principles and process used to establish property boundaries and transfer of title; studies of different types of documents of land conveyance and forms of legal descriptions of public and private lands.


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