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Land Surveying/Mapping Sciences

Students in the Land Surveying/Mapping Sciences degree programs utilize computers to process ground, air and space measurements.  Surveyors measure and observe phenomena through the use of surveying instrumentation and technology including total stations, theodolites, electronic distance measuring instruments, levels, aerial photographs, and GNSS/GPS receivers.

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.

Campus & Online: All surveying specific courses (335, 336, 433, 435, 436, 438, 439 and 455) are offered both on campus and with online versions.

Degree Programs:

1) Bachelor of Science (BS): This program in Land Surveying/Mapping Sciences is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET, It is the only four-year degree surveying program in the upper mid-west (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin).

Students enroll in the BS 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).

This ASAC ABET accredited program consists of 60 credits of courses in Surveying, GIS, and mathematics and statistics (Course of Study)

2) Bachelor of Elective Studies (BES): This program is 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).

3) Undergraduate Certificate: 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, the undergraduate certificate program would likely be appropriate for your career advancement (Course of Study).

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.

Program Educational Objectives:

  • 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 multidisciplinary 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.

Program Enrollment and Graduation Data:

Number of Students in Program
Land Surveying/Mapping Sciences Programs:
Fall 2012
Spring 2013
Fall 2013
Spring 2014
Intended Majors - BS & BES
Declared Majors - BS
Declared Majors - BES


Number of Graduates
Fall 2012
Spring 2013
Fall 2013
BS - Land Surveying/Mapping Sciences
BES - Land Surveying/Mapping Sciences



For additional information contact:
Eric Fuller, Director: Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences

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