Merging a GIS and Surveying Curriculum—Integrating Geospatial Communities at the Oregon Institute of Technology
Historically, GIS and Surveying have been kept in separate departments within the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Geomatics resided within the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, and GIS resided within the Environmental Science Program in the Department of Natural Sciences. This separation at OIT reflected the separation of GIS and Surveying in professional practice. Recognizing that this is not the future of either GIS or Surveying, OIT merged the GIS and Geomatics Programs into a new department and is offering the core Geomatics Degree with either a GIS option or a Survey option. The goal of this merger is to improve the integration of GIS and Surveying. This paper discusses the rational for the integration, the challenges faced, and the anticipated outcomes for the new department and our students.
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