Undergraduate Admissions

Surveying Engineering

Surveying student working with surveying equipment.

Get outside.

Combine math and computing skills and find the boundaries. Qualify to take the Fundamentals of Surveying exam, and be certified as a professional surveyor.

Surveying engineers measure the physical features of the Earth with great precision. Combine a love of math, computing, and the outdoors with tools ranging from remote-sensing systems to transits to verify and establish land boundaries or the design and layout of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and cell phone towers. Focus your studies on geodesy, cartography, photogrammetry, or geographic information systems (GIS).

Work with unmanned aerial vehicles, GIS, LiDar scanning systems, and software. Develop the skills to work with the technology of the future. Participate in co-ops, internships, and undergraduate research opportunities.

Crazy Smart Experiences:

  • Using state-of-the-art technology such as high-precision optical and electronic instruments for measuring angles, elevations, and distances; Global Positioning System (GPS) techniques; and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology
  • Participating in undergraduate research in 3D mapping of various historical sites in the local area or researching GPS mapping accuracy using our new on-campus CORS Station
  • Taking your course experiences and taking the Fundamentals of Surveying exam, your first step toward certification as a professional surveyor
  • Learning from world-class faculty in small classes, allowing you to know your professor on a first-name basis

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Cartography
  • Field layout engineering
  • Photogrammetry
  • Surveying

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • Black & Veatch
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Northeast Land Surveys
  • US Department of the Interior
"Sitting at a desk job from 9 to 5 never truly appealed to me; I was looking for a career that would fulfill my need for adventure and allow me to spend time outdoors."Jacob Heck, 2010, Geodesist at National Geodetic Survey

Customize your degree with:

Focus areas available in

  • Cartography
  • Geodesy
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Photogrammetry

Minors are available in

  • Data Acquisition and Industrial Control

You can also earn a master’s in one additional year through the Accelerated Master’s program.

Take courses like:

  • Plane Surveying
  • Route and Construction Surveying
  • Geographic Information Systems Technology
  • 3D Surveying and Modeling
  • Geospatial Data Fusion

Learn more about surveying engineering at Michigan Tech!