Civil and Environmental Engineering

Surveying Engineering—BS

Where math meets the outdoors! If you like math, computing, and the outdoors, you may well suited to be a Surveying Engineer.

Many different industries require the expertise of Surveying Engineers including architectural firms, engineering firms, government agencies, real estate sales agencies and mining companies to name a few. There are a vast number of industries that rely on the geospatial data and products that Surveying Engineers provide and the need is increasing with advances in technology. Surveying Engineers are experts in measurement and management of data. Surveying Engineers design, develop and operate systems for collecting and analyzing geospatial information about the land, waterbodies, natural resources and man-made features.

Surveying Engineering students will learn about geospatial systems and spatial data acquisition technologies by means of high-precision optical and electromechanical instruments, satellite and aerial remote earth observation systems, aerial and terrestrial Lidar, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The curriculum includes the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), High Definition Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as well as traditional Surveying technologies.

The Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering prepares students to be successful in taking the “Fundamentals of Surveying” exam, your first step toward licensure as a professional surveyor. Students may also seek certification as a Geographic Information System Profession (GISP), Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), Certified Hydrographer or Mapping Scientist.

You can choose from two concentrations on your way to a degree:

  • Professional Surveying, prepares students to become State Licensed Professional Surveyors. Core focus is tied to the accurate location of real property boundaries, data capture of the natural/man-made objects on the earth's surface, and digital mapping for use in design or planning.
    • Geoinformatics, prepares students to manage large volumes of digital geo-information that can be stored, manipulated, visualized, analyzed, and shared. Core focus involves applications of managing geoinformation using Geographic Information Science (GIS) tools Remote Sensing, big data acquisition and cloud computing.