Surveying Technology (SU)

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(Effective Fall 2016)

This curriculum is designed to equip graduates to face the challenge of modern surveying practice. The major also provides an overview of the surveying field and prepares students for advanced study and for the Surveying Fundamentals exam, which is the first step in registering as a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS). The major emphasizes applications-based studies involving the analysis of surveying projects. Modern approaches to the analysis of highways, structures, hydraulic systems, and site development are emphasized. This technical instruction with modern instrumentation, hardware, and software is reinforced with foundation courses emphasizing written and oral communication and physical sciences. All of the instruction is presented with problem solving in mind and strong emphasis on applications and critical thinking.

Educational objectives, student outcomes, and enrollment/graduation data for this major

Career Opportunities

Graduates can seek employment performing tasks such as control, boundary, topographical, and utility surveys as well as preparing geographic information systems. Employers that may hire graduates may include surveying firms, PennDOT, DEP, engineering consulting firms, and utility companies. Students will be permitted to take the examinations to become a licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong preparation in math, science, and computer technology is recommended but not required. Drafting and CAD experience would also be helpful.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see Students testing at Math placement level 2 or lower will not be permitted to schedule for Civil Engineering/Surveying (CET) courses until MTH 005 has been successfully completed or Math placement level 3 has been reached.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog ( Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of surveying technology to narrowly defined surveying technology activities.
  • apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to surveying technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  • conduct standard tests and measurements, and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  • function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  • identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined surveying technology problems.
  • develop an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments, as well as an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • understand the need for and engage in self-directed, continuing professional development.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  • exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
CET115 Surveying I 3  
CET150 Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Second Semester Credits
CET124 Surveying II 3  
CET126 Topographic Surveys and Mapping 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
PHS115 College Physics I 4  
Third Semester Credits
CET254 Horizontal and Vertical Control Surveying 3  
CET255 Route and Construction Surveying 3  
CET256 Legal Aspects of Surveying 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
PHS125 College Physics II 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
CET265 Practical Surveying Problems and Adjustments 3  
CET262 Boundary Surveying and Legal Descriptions 3  
CET263 Geographic Information Systems and Photogrammetry 3  
CET264 Land Development Design 3  
CET312 Hydraulics and Hydrology 3  
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3  

Eligible students may substitute MTH 240/242 for MTH 180/182. Students taking the MTH 240/242 option may substitute PHS 201/202 for PHS 115/125. MTH240/242 is recommended for students desiring to transfer to the BCT major after completing the A.A.S. requirements.


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