Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology (BS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Academic Department Info: 

360 Virtual TourIndividuals benefit from having a land surveyor determine the boundaries of their property. Governmental agencies, private industries, and individuals all benefit from the surveying and mapping of our natural resources. Surveyors help in the planning of our transportation systems, recreational facilities, new cities, and land subdivisions.

The modern surveyor has learned to increase his/her productivity and measurement accuracy by using modern surveying equipment such as the electronic total stations to measure angles and distances. Computational tasks and mapping are enhanced by the use of the computer.

Particularly exciting about the future of the surveying profession are the emerging technologies of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Land Information Systems (LIS).

The course of study at Alfred State provides a thorough understanding of the basic sciences of mathematics and physics as well as such applied subjects as graphics and computer aided drafting and design. The knowledge obtained from these basic courses is applied to a well-rounded study of modern surveying theory and practice.

The student constantly applies theoretical knowledge in meaningful and comprehensive laboratory sessions. Therefore, upon graduation the student is educated in a two-fold sense, both theoretically and practically.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The BS in surveying and geomatics engineering technology program produces graduates who:

  1. Write, read, and orally present technical reports, letters, and projects that meet the standards of the profession;
  2. Have an understanding of and are able to implement basic field and office survey procedures;
  3. Are capable of performing elementary research;
  4. Are competent in surveying techniques;
  5. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, continued formal education as well as lifelong learning;
  6. Will be capable of sitting successfully for the Land Surveyor Examination;
  7. Have the skills to perform a land title survey in all its complexity;
  8. Will be capable of employing state-of-the-art surveying techniques in leading a survey crew to accomplishment of its goal.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the surveying and geomatics engineering technology program. See laptop specifications.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  • An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  • An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadlydefined engineering technology problems;
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity;
  • A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.
Recommended: Physics


This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, as well as the NYS Education Department. These accreditations mean that the graduates from the AAS program will receive two years of credit toward the total statutory time requirement for licensure as a land surveyor in New York State.

Graduates of the BS program will receive four years of credit toward the total statutory time requirement for licensure as a land surveyor in New York State. The BS graduates are eligible to take the first part of the NCEES licensing exam for land surveying in their senior year, eighth semester, if within 20 semester credit hours of graduation.

Additionally, graduates of the BS program will receive six years of credit toward the statutory time for licensure as a Professional Engineer in New York State. The BS graduates are eligible to take the first part of the NCEES licensing exam for Professional Engineer in the fall following their graduation.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Covers global positioning satellite systems and geographical information systems with associated computer applications
  • Global Positioning Satellite Systems hardware and software plus CAD and adjustment software are available
  • Program can lead to professional licensure
Articulation Agreements: 

Alfred State accepts students from other two-year institutions as juniors into the BS surveying and geomatics engineering technology program with appropriate course work and grade point averages.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Land Surveyor (after successfully meeting state requirements)
  • Surveying Engineering Technician
  • Party Chief
  • Field Technician
  • Instrument Person
  • Drafter - Computer
  • Mapping Technologist
  • Project Surveyor
  • GPS Surveyor
  • Office Assistant
Typical Semester Layout: 

Approximately 11 to 16 hours each week are spent in classroom lecture instruction, with class size ranging from 10 to 30 students. Structured labs are six to 12 hours a week. The student's academic adviser is a faculty member who teaches in this program.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
CIVL1011Civil AutoCAD1
CIVL1204Surveying I4
CIVL1182Civil Tech Graphics2
MATH1033College Algebra3
HPED xxx1 Physical Education1
Second Semestercredits
CIVL2204Surveying II4
PHYS1024General Physics I4
MATH2043College Trigonometry3
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
Third Semestercredits
CIVL3204Legal Aspects & Practice of Land Surveying4
CIVL3214Control Surveying4
PHYS2023General Physics II3
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
CIVL4204Subdivision Theory & Application4
CIVL4214Surveying Practicum4
CIVL4243Surveying Computer Applications3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
Fifth Semestercredits
MATH2074Technical Calculus II4
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
COMP5703Technical Writing II3
CIVL5114Land Surveying OR 
CIVL7114Geographic Info Systems4
Sixth Semestercredits
BUAD3043Business Law3
CHEM5013Applied Chem Principles3
CIVL6104Anal & Adj of Surv Meas4
MATH6114Diff EQ4
CISY 1123 Intro to comp programming for IT3
Seventh Semestercredits
MATH7113Economic Analysis for Engr Tech3
MATH7123Statistics for Engr Tech3
CIVL8104Satellite & Geodetic Surv4
CIVL5114Land Surveying OR 
CIVL7114Geographic Info Systems4
CIVIL 7001Senior Seminar & Proj Design1
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
Eighth Semestercredits
BSET8003Senior Technical Project3
PHYS8013Modern Physics3
CIVL7104Land Develop & Design4
 xxx4Gen Education Elective4
CIVL6113Environmental Eng Tech or tech elect3

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student's high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Math through technical calculus I must be completed. Freshman composition and introduction to literature must be taken.

Also required: One unit of physical education.

General Education Electives: (maximum- one from each area)

  • American History
  • Social Sciences
  • Western Civilization
  • Other World Civilization
  • Arts
Enrollment and Graduation Rates: 
Enrollment% Graduated in Four Years% Graduated in Six Years
 650% 67%
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees161413
Responding to Survey14 (88%)9 (64%)12 (92%)
Employed13 (93%)8 (89%)11 (92%)
Employed in Field13 (100%)8 (100%)10 (91%)
Transferred1 (7%)1 (11%)1 (8%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$50,000 - $59,999 (2)
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