Note: Prior to January 2022, the name of this program was Land Surveying Technician.

A surveyor enjoys diverse responsibilities as part of his or her everyday routine. Many surveying technicians work outside collecting data, establishing control points, and determining boundary locations. Others work inside an engineering office helping with site design activities and developing plans while using the field data.

Graduates of the Surveying and Mapping program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Coursework includes operating state-of-the-art surveying equipment and computer software, in conjunction with understanding the fundamentals of civil engineering and site design. Students also gain specialized knowledge of boundary resolution, survey history, geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS).

Graduates of the Surveying and Mapping program are prepared to take the National Society of Professional Surveyors Certified Survey Technician (NSPS CST) Level II exam and enter the workforce as a surveying technician.

Graduates also may continue their education in Cincinnati State’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Land Surveying.


The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Surveying and Mapping is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), www.abet.org.


Program Chair

Co-op Coordinator

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Take the NSPS CST Level II exam and enter the workforce as a surveying technician conducting topographical and boundary surveys; leading field crews; operating high-tech survey equipment; preparing subdivision and site plans; and using global positioning satellites, laser scanning, and drones for data acquisition
  • Pursue a bachelor's degree to become eligible to sit for surveying licensure examinations

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Crew Chief
  • CADD Technician
  • Land Surveying Technician
  • GIS Specialist
  • Site Designer

Graduate Employment Outlook

Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is projected to grow 14 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Recent advancements in mapping technology are creating new uses for maps and a need for more of the data used to build maps. As a result, surveying and mapping technicians are expected to have more work. Employment opportunities will be best for technicians possessing a bachelor’s degree, and Cincinnati State’s Surveying and Mapping program is the first step toward accomplishing this goal.

$24,000 to $39,500 annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Cincinnati State Land Surveying bachelor's degree
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Abercrombie & Associates, Inc
  • Bayer Becker
  • Foresight Engineering and Surveying
  • Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati
  • Woolpert

$15/hr -$23/hr

Co-op Salary Projections


Program Chair

Co-op Coordinator


Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Land Surveying Technology (LST)

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
MAT 151 College Algebra ( G) 4 0 4
SUR 100 Introduction to Land Surveying ( B) 2 2 3
SUR 105 Surveying Fundamentals ( B) 2 3 3
CET 115 Architectural Drafting and Computer Aided Design ( B) 2 4 4
Semester 2
MAT 152 Trigonometry ( B) 4 0 4
SUR 110 Surveying for Construction Layout ( T) 2 3 3
SUR 120 Computer Aided Design, Civil 3D, and Surveying Software ( T) 2 4 4
SUR 130 Surveying History ( T) 4 0 4
Semester 3
SUR 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying ( T) 1 40 2
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 4
PHY 151 Physics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry-Based ( G) 3 3 4
SUR 200 Route Location and Design ( T) 3 2 4
SUR 201 Elements of Boundary Surveying 1 ( T) 2 3 4
SUR 215 Land Information Modeling ( T) 2 3 3
SUR 221 Dendrology 1 ( T) 2 0 2
Semester 5
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G) 3 0 3
ECO 110 Principles of Macroeconomics ( G) 3 0 3
COMM 110 Public Speaking ( B) 3 0 3
SUR 222 Dendrology 2 ( T) 0 2 1
SUR 202 Elements of Boundary Surveying 2 ( T) 3 3 4
Semester 6
SUR 230 Control Surveying ( T) 3 3 4
SUR 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying ( T) 1 40 2
Total Credits: 55 115 72


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
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
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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