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Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology

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BS Degree - Code #1046

Kera Mariotti, Program Coordinator
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Governmental agencies, private industries, and individuals all benefit from the surveying and mapping of our natural resources and planning of transportation systems, recreational facilities, new cities, and land subdivisions. Using advanced surveying equipment such as the electronic total stations to measure angles and distances, the modern surveyor has learned to increase his/her productivity and measurement accuracy. Particularly exciting about the future of the surveying profession are the emerging technologies of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Land Information Systems (LIS).

This program will provide you with a thorough understanding of the basic sciences of mathematics and physics as well as applied subjects such as graphics and computer-aided drafting and design. The knowledge obtained from these basic courses is applied to a well-rounded study of modern surveying theory and practice.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the surveying engineering technology programs. Laptop specifications are available at


  • The student constantly applies theoretical knowledge in meaningful and comprehensive laboratory sessions. Graduates are educated in a two-fold sense, both theoretically and practically.
  • Both the surveying engineering technology (AAS) and the surveying and geomatics engineering technology (BS) programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities.
  • An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
  • An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined engineering technology problems.
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments, and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • An understanding of the need for engagement and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  • A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The surveying engineering technology program produces graduates who:

  • Write, read, and orally present technical reports, letters, and projects that meet the standards of the profession.
  • Have an understanding of and are able to implement basic field and office survey procedures.
  • Are capable of performing elementary research.
  • Are competent in surveying techniques.
  • Recognize the need for engagement, and an ability to engage in continued formal education, as well as lifelong learning.
  • Will be capable of sitting successfully for the Land Surveyor Examination.
  • Have the skills to perform a land title survey in all its complexity.
  • Will be capable of employing state-of-the-art surveying techniques in leading a survey crew to the accomplishment of its goal.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Land surveyor (after successfully meeting state requirements)
  • Surveying engineering technician
  • Project surveyor
  • Party chief
  • Mapping technologist
  • GPS surveyor

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed.

Enrollment And Graduation Data

   Enrollment (based on Fall census)
2017 27
2016 30
2015 34
   Degrees Awarded
 2016-2017 6
 2015-2016 7
 2014-2015 7

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Certification Or Licensure

Both the surveying engineering technology (AAS) and the surveying and geomatics engineering technology (BS) are accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,  Accreditation means that the graduates from the AAS program will receive two years of credit toward the total statutory time requirement for licensure as a land surveyor in New York State.

Graduates of the BS program will receive four years of credit toward the total statutory time requirement for licensure as a land surveyor in New York State. The BS graduates are eligible to take the first part of the NCEES licensing exam for land surveying in their senior year, eighth semester, if within 20 semester credit hours of graduation.

Additionally, graduates of the BS program will receive six years of credit toward the statutory time for licensure as a professional engineer in New York State. The BS graduates are eligible to take the first part of the NCEES licensing exam for professional engineer in the fall following their graduation.

Articulation Agreements

Alfred State accepts students from other two-year institutions as juniors into the BS surveying engineering technology program with appropriate course work and grade point averages.

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1080 or a composite ACT score of 21.

Recommended: Physics

Technical Standards

Students in the surveying and geomatics program must meet the following:

  • Students must have the ability to complete field work over natural terrain. 
  • Students must have the ability to use standard software of the profession.

Hands-On Learning

Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology - BS Degree




COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
CIVL 1011 Civil AutoCAD 1
CIVL 1204 Surveying I 4
CIVL 1182 Civil Technology Graphics 2
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3


CIVL 2204 Surveying II 4
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3


CIVL 3204 Legal Asp & Prac of Land Surv 4
CIVL 3214 Geodesy 4
PHYS 2023 General Physics II 3
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed Elective 3


CIVL 4204 Subdivision Theory & Appli 4
CIVL 4214 Surveying Practicum 4
CIVL 4243 Surveying Computer Appli 3
CIVL 4273 Photogrammetry & Image Interpr 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed Elective 3


CHEM 5013 Applied Chemical Principles 3
MATH 2074 Technical Calculus II 4
CIVL 5114 Land Surveying 4
CIVL 7114 Geographic Information Systems 4
xxxx xxx4 Gen Ed Elective 3
BUAD 3043 Business Law I 3


SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
CIVL 6104 Anlys & Adjmnts of Surv Mrmnts 4
CISY 1123 Intro to Programming for IT 3
CISY xxx3 Programming Elective 3
XXXX xxx4 Gen Ed (Upper) (MATH 6114 recommended) 4
XXXX xxx3 Technical or Business Elective (Upper) 3


MATH 7123 Statistics for Engr Tech & Sci 3
MATH 7113 Economic Analy for Engr Tech 3
CIVL 8104 Global Positioning Systems 4
CIVL 7114 Geographic Information Systems 4
CIVL 5114 Land Surveying 4
CIVL 7001 Sr Seminar & Project Design I 1
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3


PHYS 8013 Modern Physics 3
CIVL 8003 Sr Seminar & Project Design 2 3
 XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective (Upper) 3
 XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Elective 3

Must meet seven of the 10 General Education areas.

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to receive licensure.


2.0 cumulative grade point average and department requirement of 2.0 grade point average in major courses (CIVL).