Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Land Surveying prepares students for work as professional surveyors, and meets the educational requirements for surveyors in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Graduates also are prepared to take NCEES exams (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) that are required to obtain professional licensure in land surveying in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Bachelor’s degree coursework includes fundamental principles of civil engineering, construction, and site design, as well as skills required to operate state-of-the-art surveying equipment and computer software.

In addition, students gain knowledge of boundary resolution, subdivision design, geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS).

Students participate in experiential learning through cooperative education in each year of the bachelor’s degree program.

A surveyor enjoys diverse job responsibilities. Many surveyors work outside for surveying firms collecting data, establishing control points, and determining boundary locations. Others work inside at a surveying firm, a civil engineering office, or in an architecture firm, helping with site design activities and developing plans while using the field data.

Surveyors may work on their own or with firms specializing in construction​, architecture, or engineering. Surveyors also work in private industry or work for the public with responsibilities including planning and zoning, transportation, land development, forensics, boundary control, geomatics, or law.

Graduates of the bachelor’s degree program have the knowledge and skills needed to establish their own company or work for a larger firm as a land surveying technician, professional land surveyor, or survey director.

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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Take the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying exam and enter the workforce as a surveying intern or surveying technician conducting topographical and boundary surveys; leading field crews; operating high-tech survey equipment; preparing subdivision and site plans; and/or using global positioning satellites, laser scanning, and drones for data acquisition.

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Land Surveying Technician
  • Surveying Intern
  • Crew Chief
  • CAD Technician
  • GIS Specialist
  • Site Designer

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of technicians such as cartographers and photogrammetrists is expected to grow 29 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The increasing use of maps for government planning should fuel employment growth. Employment opportunities are best for technicians with a bachelor’s degree.

$43,140 annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Abercrombie and Associates, Inc
  • Bayer Becker
  • City of Cincinnati
  • The Kleingers Group
  • McGill, Smith, Punshon

$15/hr - $19/hr

Co-op Salary Projections

Curriculum

Effective 2021-2022 academic year

Land Surveying (LS)

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective 1 0 1
MAT 151 College Algebra 4 0 4
SUR 100 Introduction to Land Surveying 2 2 3
CET 115 Architectural Drafting and Computer Aided Design 2 4 4
SUR 105 Surveying Fundamentals 2 3 3
Semester 2
MAT 152 Trigonometry 4 0 4
SUR 120 Computer Aided Design, Civil 3D, and Surveying Software 2 4 4
SUR 110 Surveying for Construction Layout 2 3 3
SUR 130 Surveying History 4 0 4
Semester 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 3 0 3
SUR X9X Cooperative Education Elective 1 1 40 2
Second Year
Semester 1
PHY 151 Physics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry-Based 3 2 4
SUR 221 Dendrology 1 2 0 2
SUR 200 Route Location and Design 3 2 4
SUR 201 Elements of Boundary Surveying 1 3 2 4
SUR 215 Land Information Modeling 2 3 3
Semester 2
ENG 10X English Composition Elective 3 0 3
ECO 110 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 0 3
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3 0 3
SUR 222 Dendrology 2 0 2 1
SUR 202 Elements of Boundary Surveying 2 3 3 4
Semester 3
SUR 230 Control Surveying 3 3 4
SUR X9X Cooperative Education Elective 2 1 40 2
Third Year
Semester 1
XXX XXX Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective 1 3 0 3
MAT XXX Mathematics Elective 2 2 3
SUR 300 Advanced Surveying Calculations and Statistics 4 0 4
Semester 2
PHY 152 Physics 2: Algebra and Trigonometry-Based 3 2 4
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective 2 3 0 3
SUR 310 Surveying Laws and Ethics 4 0 4
SUR 305 Geospatial Surveying 4 0 4
Semester 3
SUR X9X Cooperative Education Elective 3 1 40 2
Fourth Year
Semester 1
SUR 420 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 2 3 3
EVS 120 Environmental Geology 3 2 4
MKT 101 Principles of Marketing 3 0 3
MGT 120 Entrepreneurship 3 0 3
Semester 2
XXX XXX Science Elective 3 2 4
SUR 465 Subdivision Design and Drainage Control 3 3 4
SUR 490 Land Surveying Capstone 1 6 3
Total Credits: 101 173 126

 Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
MAT 251 Calculus 1 5
Social/Behavioral Science Elective (select 1 course)
ECO 105 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEO 105 World Regional Geography: the Americas, Europe, and Australia 3
GEO 110 World Regional Geography: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 3
GEO 115 Cultural Geography 3
HST 101 World History: First Civilizations to 1500 3
HST 102 World History: 1500 to Present 3
HST 111 American History: Early Settlers to 1877 3
HST 112 American History: 1877 to Present 3
HST 121 African American History: Origins to 1877 3
HST 122 African American History: 1877 to Present 3
HST 130 History of Africa 3
LBR 105 Introduction to Labor and Employee Relations 3
POL 101 Introduction to American Government 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 200 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 205 Child Development 3
PSY 210 Adolescent Development 3
PSY 215 Adult Development 3
PSY 220 Social Psychology 3
PSY 225 Lifespan Development 3
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 115 Marriage and the Family 3
SOC 130 Sociology of Aging 3
SOC 140 Sociology of Gender 3
Arts/Humanities Electives (select 2 courses)
ART 110 Introduction to Art 3
ART 111 Art History: Ancient to Medieval Periods 3
ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present 3
COMM 130 Introduction to Film Studies 3
LIT 200 Introduction to Literature 3
LIT 210 The Short Story 3
LIT 220 Poetry 3
LIT 230 Drama 3
LIT 240 The Novel 3
LIT 251 American Literature to 1865 3
LIT 252 American Literature since 1865 3
LIT 255 African American Literature 3
LIT 261 British Literature: Medieval Period to 1800 3
LIT 262 British Literature: 1800 to Present 3
LIT 265 Shakespeare 3
LIT 270 Children’s Literature 3
LIT 280 Science Fiction 3
LIT 285 Women Writers 3
MUS 101 Music History: Middle Ages to Late 19th Century 3
MUS 102 Music History: 20th Century 3
MUS 105 Music History: African-American Music 3
MUS 110 Jazz Appreciation 3
MUS 115 Rock and Pop Music 3
MUS 120 World Music 3
PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
REL 105 World Religions 3
THE 105 Theater Appreciation 3
THE 110 History of Theater 3
Science Elective
BIO 131 Biology 1 5
CHE 121
& CHE 131
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Lab
5
PSC 105 Astronomy 4
Cooperative Education Electives: 1 & 2 (4 credit hours required)
SUR 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying 1
SUR 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying 1
SUR 193 Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Land Surveying 1
SUR 194 Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Land Surveying 1
SUR 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying 2
SUR 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying 2
Cooperative Education Elective: 3 (2 credit hours required)
SUR 391 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying 1
SUR 392 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying 1
SUR 491 Full-Time Cooperative Education 3: Land Surveying 2
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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