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(Effective Fall 2020)

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

Strong preparation in mathematics, such as trigonometry and algebra; sciences, such as chemistry and physics; and communication skills is recommended. Coursework in computer usage, drafting, CAD, and surveying at the high school level is helpful.

Special Admissions Requirements

The College provides computer lab facilities in the instructional buildings used by the program. There are also computer labs in the campus library. A student may choose to purchase a laptop type device for convenience. However, it is not required to be successful in program. If purchased, a device should be capable of running Microsoft Office applications, have Wi-Fi connectivity, a minimum of 8GB of RAM, a CPU such as the Intel CORE i5 or greater. A touchscreen with pen support is recommended. However, a Wacom type tablet is an alternative to a touchscreen. In general, a mid-level device should suffice for the applications used in the program. For a more in-depth information see Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology Computer Hardware Guidelines.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading.

Math Remediation: Surveying Technology coursework (CET) requires that students begin the first semester with MTH 006 or higher.

Students who begin their first semester below MTH 006 may not begin taking CET coursework, with the exception of CET101. Related coursework (courses other than CET) may be completed. Students placing below MTH 006 will need additional semesters to complete the degree.

English/Reading Remediation: Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies in English or reading as explained in the College Catalog
(see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined surveying problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  • develop an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well- defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and analyze and interpret the results.
  • function effectively as a member of a technical team.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1.0 .50 1.50 S REQ
CET101 Introduction to Surveying and Civil Engineering Technologies 1.0 .50 1.50 M REQ
CET115 Surveying I 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET150 Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying 3.0 2 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3.0 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3.0 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET124 Surveying II 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET126 Topographic Surveys and Mapping 3.0 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3.0 3 S REQ
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.0 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET257 Construction and Control Surveying 3.0 1 6 M REQ
CET258 Route Surveying 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET259 Boundary Surveying I 3.0 3 M REQ
MTH161 Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications 3.5 3 1.50 S REQ
PHS115 College Physics I 4.0 3 3 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET263 Geographic Information Systems and Photogrammetry 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET264 Land Development Design 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET265 Practical Surveying Problems and Adjustments 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET266 Boundary Surveying II and Land Descriptions 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET267 Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) and Data Processing 1.0 .50 1.50 M REQ
CET312 Hydraulics and Hydrology 3.0 2 3 M REQ

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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