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Surveying Technology (SU)

(Effective Fall 2012)

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

All students entering the major will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm). 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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
CET115Surveying I 3 
CET150Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Second SemesterCredits
CET124Surveying II 3 
CET126Topographic Surveys and Mapping 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
PHS115College Physics I 4 
Third SemesterCredits
CET254Horizontal and Vertical Control Surveying 3 
CET255Route and Construction Surveying 3 
CET256Legal Aspects of Surveying 3 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
PHS125College Physics II 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
CET261Surveying Measurement Analysis and Adjustments 3 
CET262Boundary Surveying and Legal Descriptions 3 
CET263Geographic Information Systems and Photogrammetry 3 
CET264Land Development Design 3 
CET312Hydraulics and Hydrology 3 
ECO111Principles of Macroeconomics 3 

Eligible students may substitute MTH 240/242 for MTH 180/182. Students taking the MTH 240/242 option may substitute PHS 201/201 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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