Civil and Environmental Engineering

Surveying Engineering—BS

If you like math, computing, and the outdoors, you may have what it takes to be a surveying engineer.

Surveying engineers are the major geospatial workforce for many industries and federal agencies.  They fill a critical need in business and industry as supervisors and managers who possess a combination of engineering and managerial backgrounds. The ability of our graduates to contribute on the job from day one increases their value while providing them professionally rewarding careers with significant potential for advancement.

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 laser scanners, and global positioning systems. The curriculum includes the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) techniques for high precision control surveys as well as other surveys wherever it is appropriate. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is taught to collect, analyze, and interpret data for surveying and engineering applications.

And, you will be qualified to take the Fundamentals of Surveying exam, your first step toward certification as a professional surveyor.

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

  • Geoinformatics, the science and technology that develops and uses information science infrastructure to address the problems of geography, cartography, geosciences and related branches of science and engineering.
  • Professional Surveying, the science of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional positions of points and the distances and angles between them.