Program Mission

The mission of the Geomatics-Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Option, a Bachelor of Science degree program, is to provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills in the GIS discipline. The GIS Option prepares students to become certified GIS professionals. All students learn the professional responsibility of protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, and become aware of global and cultural issues related to their discipline.

Program Education Objectives

Program educational objectives are statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first few years after graduation--usually three to five years. These objectives are consistent with the mission of the program and the institution. The program educational objectives for the GIS Option are to:

  • Acquire the ability to obtain professional licensure and/or certifications in the geospatial industry.
  • Advance in the geospatial industry during their career by becoming involved in local, state, national, or international organizations.
  • Obtain industry positions requiring increased responsibility.
  • Assume responsibility for lifelong learning in professional and personal development.
  • Demonstrate readiness for graduate education and/or advanced technical education.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The expected student learning outcomes for the GIS Option are:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to formulate or design a system, process or program to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify and solve applied science problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.

Summary of Program Student Learning Outcomes

During the 2016-17 academic year, the Geomatics faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the annual program assessment report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.

Program Curriculum Map

The curriculum map for the Geomatics program can be found on the catalog web page on the Oregon Tech website,

Jack Walker
Jack Walker
Department Chair

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