The B.Sc. Geomatic Engineering programme at JKUAT was launched in April 2001 when the pioneering group of students was admitted to the university. This group of students completed their studies in April 2005 and graduated on 25th July 2006 completing the five-year full cycle for the programme. Since then, the programme has been revised and renamed B. Sc. Geomatic Engineering & Geospatial Information Systems. The review of the B.Sc. in Geomatic Engineering programme was carried primarily to address industry and stakeholders needs and expectations of the course.
Recent advances in space (satellite) technology, computing (software and hardware) technology and Geomatic engineering instrumentation technology have had a revolutionary impact on the practice of Geomatic engineering. Mapping and surveying tasks that used to take months or even years to complete may require only a fraction of that time to efficiently accomplish by employing these new digital approaches for collection, processing, analysis and presentation of the results. The scope of geomatic engineering services continues to expand. These advances in technology and expanded need for quality services have created a need for Geomatic engineers who are well grounded in knowledge in these modern technologies. Traditional techniques may still be useful in some instances; hence, sufficient knowledge on the same is necessary especially in a developing country environment.
The B.Sc. Geomatic Engineering & GIS programme at JKUAT is designed and developed so as to be consistent with global trends in Geomatic engineering. For this reason our graduates are highly sought after find employment with the central government, local authorities state corporations, private enterprises and major NGO’s.
In order to successively meet the challenges of the profession, a well trained Geomatic engineer should be well grounded with knowledge in the following broad classifications: Basic sciences and social sciences, foundation courses, communication skills, computing skills, core technical subjects, management and entrepreneurship skills.
The programme is designed generally following these guidelines. In the first and second years of study, students cover basic sciences, social sciences and foundation courses. These include mathematics, computing, surveying techniques, cartographic techniques, applied electromagnetics, and electrical engineering principles. In the third, fourth and fifth year the core geomatic engineering subjects and subjects from interrelated disciplines are covered including Photogrammetry, Geodesy, Planning, Engineering Surveying, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Digital Mapping, Highway Engineering, Mining Surveying, Hydrographic Mapping, Satellite Geodesy and Research methodology. Management, entrepreneurship skills and law are covered in the fifth year.
In the fifth year some fairly advanced subjects are offered as electives in the following broad groupings,
- Geodetic Science
- Engineering Surveying and Transportation Engineering
- Real Property Management and Environment
Students in the fifth year also carry out a supervised individual project and submit a written report. The advanced topics, project and research methodology may serve as an introduction to research skills that may be useful for postgraduate studies and research or specialized work in the discipline.
1. B.Sc. Geomatic Engineering & Geospatial Information Systems
2. B.Sc. Geospatial Information Systems
4. Master of Science in Environmental Information Systems
3. Master of Science in GIS & Remote Sensing
see under programmes
4. Postgraduate Diploma in GIS and Remote Sensing
See the requirements for Master of Science in GIS and Remote Sensing
5. Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Information Systems
See the requirements for Master of Science in Environmental Information Systems
6. PhD in Geodesy, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, GIS or Geo-Informatics A Master of Science in Geomatic Engineering, Surveying Engineering, Geo-Informatics Remote Sensing, Cartography & Visualization, GIS or relevant field recognized by the JKUAT Senate as being equivalent to the above.
7. Short Courses in GIS, Remote Sensing, GNSS/GPS Technology, Digital Mapping, Mobile GIS Cartography & Visualization These course basically last for 2~3weeks and are offered on demand between January and May of each academic year. The courses are open to those who have at least O-Level education although they are mostly targeted at professionals who are keen to further their knowledge in these areas.
Teaching and Research Facilities The department has state of the art laboratory for GIS, Remote Sensing and Engineering Surveying. Our Surveying lab has a wide range of modern surveying equipment which include Total Stations, Automatic Levels and Mobile Mapping Devices among others
Number of Students Female Males Total
Masters 7 11 18
PhD – 2 2
Additional Students Information
How to apply for admission
Students professional associations Geomatic Engineering students are eligible for enrollment with the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) either as student or Associate members.
Academic Advisors The department boasts of highly qualified faculty members in various disciplines such as GIS, Remote Sensing, Engineering Surveying, GNSS/GPS, Cartography, Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Mapping. These include Prof. Hunja Waithaka,Dr.Patroba A. Odera,Dr. Douglas Musiega, Dr. T. G. Ngigi, Dr. Felix N. Mutua,Dr. Mercy Mwaniki,Dr. Benson Kenduiywo,Dr. Mark Boitt and Dr. Andrew Imwati.
Financial Sponsorship Prospective candidates are encouraged to seek financial assistance from the Higher Educations Loan