The Advanced Surveying certificate at Cincinnati State, offered in cooperation with Northern Kentucky University, is for graduates of Cincinnati State’s Land Surveying Technology associate’s degree (formerly named Civil Engineering Technology-Surveying Option) or other related associate’s degree programs. The certificate serves as the third year of a bachelor’s degree program at Northern Kentucky University or the University of Cincinnati.

The certificate program has been approved by the State Boards of Registration in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

  • Most courses in the certificate are offered through online education, including classes in geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and legal topics.
  • Students should check with their state licensing board for possible changes to specific requirements before taking any coursework.
  • Graduates of other associate’s degree programs must complete all prerequisite material in the Cincinnati State Land Surveying Technology program prior to acceptance into the certificate program.

Prospective students must meet with the certificate advisor prior to admission to the program.

Related Programs

Land Surveying Technology (LST)Land Surveying Certificate (LSC)


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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Enter the fourth year of a bachelor’s degree program at Northern Kentucky University
  • Enter the Bachelor of Applied Administration program at University of Cincinnati - Clermont

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Surveyor (after completion of a bachelor's degree)

Graduate Employment Outlook

Employment of surveyors is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Employment growth will result from increased construction related to improving the nation’s infrastructure. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.

$56,230 median annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Cincinnati - Clermont

Co-op Salary Projections

Certificate does not include co-op


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Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Advanced Surveying Certificate (ASC)

Program Prerequisites: Graduate from the Cincinnati State Land Surveying Technology associate’s degree, or complete comparable coursework. Meet with the certificate advisor prior to admission to the program.

Most required courses are offered via online education.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
SUR 300 Advanced Surveying Calculations and Statistics 4 0 4
SUR 420 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 2 3 3
Semester 2
SUR 310 Surveying Laws and Ethics 4 0 4
SUR 305 Geospatial Surveying 4 0 4
XXX XXX Science Elective 1 1 5 3
Total Credits: 15 8 18


Science Elective 1
BIO 131 Biology 1 5
CHE 110 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
CHE 121
& CHE 131
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Lab
EVS 120 Environmental Geology 4
LH 130 Woody Plant Materials 3
PHY 152 Physics 2: Algebra and Trigonometry-Based 4
PSC 105 Astronomy 4

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