Land Surveying/Mapping Sciences

Students who want to earn a bachelor's degree in land surveying and mapping sciences often come to the program through two-year training programs or to update their knowledge and practices to be able to take leadership positions. Through coursework and fieldwork, you'll hone your skills in mathematics, cartography and the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); use the latest survey instruments; and study boundary law changes and new site development techniques. Laboratories and fieldwork will provide opportunities to practice in the evolving field of geomatics, or the art and science of determining the measurable points on, above or under the Earth's surface.

Program Highlights

  • All surveying-specific courses are offered on-campus and online.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab that allows hands-on mapping training.
  • Experience creating topographic, aeronautical, hydrographic and orthophoto maps.
  • Access to a variety of surveying equipment and the latest in surveying related software such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Pathfinder, Surfer, and STARNET.
  • Agreements for advanced study with the following colleges that offer two-year degrees.
    • Gateway Technical College, Wis.
    • Lake Superior College, Minn.
    • North Dakota College of Sciences, N.D.
    • Madison Area Technical College, Wis.
    • Mid State Technical College, Wis.
    • Nicolet Area Technical College, Wis.
    • North Alberta Institute of Technology, Alberta, Canada.
    • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Wis.
    • St. Cloud Technical College, Minn.
    • St. Paul College, Minn.
    • Southeast Community College, Neb.
    • Southeast Technical Institute, S.D.
  • Select classes are available online.

Program Distinctions

  • Only four-year degree surveying program in the six-state Upper Midwest. 
  • $20,000 in scholarships annually via professional organizations and private companies.

Popular Careers

  • Land Surveyor
  • Surveying Technician
  • Cartographer
  • Map Editor
  • Geodetic Surveyor
  • Geophysical Prospecting Surveyor
  • GIS/GPS Specialist