The Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences major utilize computers to process ground, air and space measurements. Surveyors also apply technology by the use of surveying instrumentation such as: total stations, theodolites, electronic distance measuring instruments, levels, aerial photographs and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) receivers to obtain the needed measurements. Students in this major are provided with courses in mathematics, geographic information science (GIS), boundary law, cadastral studies, geodesy, least squares, site development and cartography. Upon graduation the student is well prepared in the land surveying and mapping sciences such that he/she can be a participant on a professional land surveying team.
The B.S. degree in Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET and is the only four-year degree surveying program in the upper mid-west (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin).
Student's enroll in the B.S. degree program at SCSU after completing a two-year degree program at one of 12 schools that have established articulation agreements with SCSU (List of Schools).
The ASAC ABET accredited program consists of 60 credits of courses in Surveying, GIS, and mathematics and statistics (Course of Study)
SCSU also offers a B.E.S. (Bachelor of Elective Studies) degree program. This program was established for individuals who have worked as surveyors and who either attended or graduated from a school that SCSU does not have an articulation agreement. This degree program is not ASAC ABET accredited, but for many students does provide the necessary education required for career advancement (Course of Study).
For individuals who have a four-year degree in a field related to surveying (e.g. civil engineering) and are seeking to become a licensed surveyor, then the undergraduate certificate program would likely be appropriate for your career advancement (Course of Study).
Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Colleges and University's (MnSCU) Chancellor's office has provided these reports containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.
Program Mission Statement
To educate surveying professionals to meet societal and technological challenges through the creation and dissemination of information, knowledge and technology, and the development and provision of innovative solutions; and
To enable graduates to gain the knowledge, skills and expertise required for them to become registered as Professional Surveyors after the completion of appropriate work experience.
- Prepare graduates to attain professional status through licensure or other regulated certification
- Prepare graduates for employment commensurate of a four year Bachelor of Science degree
- Prepare graduates to be actively engaged in their profession
- Cultivate continued expansion of knowledge base in land surveying and mapping science areas through life-long learning
- Prepare graduates for leadership roles as they advance through their careers
Student Outcomes: upon graduation students will have demonstrated the following:
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
An ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
An ability to identify and solve applied science problems
An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
An ability to communicate effectively
The broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
Knowledge of Contemporary Issues
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice
Students will also be able to demonstrate proficiency in one or more of the following areas: boundary and/or land surveying, geographic and/or land information systems, photogrammetry, mapping and geodesy, remote sensing, and other related areas.
All surveying specific courses (335, 336, 433, 435, 436, 438, 439 and 455) are offered both on campus and with online versions.
The Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences Program is housed in the School of Public Affairs
For additional Information contact:
Eric Fuller, Director: Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences