Surveying Engineering Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 

360 Virtual TourIndividuals benefit from having a land surveyor determine the boundaries of their property. Governmental agencies, private industries, and individuals all benefit from the surveying and mapping of our natural resources. Surveyors help in the planning of our transportation systems, our recreational facilities, new cities, and land subdivisions.

The modern surveyor has learned to increase his/her productivity and measurement accuracy by using modern surveying equipment such as the electronic total stations to measure angles and distances. Computational tasks and mapping are enhanced by the use of the computer.

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).

The course of study at Alfred provides a thorough understanding of the basic sciences of mathematics and physics as well as such applied subjects 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.

The student constantly applies theoretical knowledge in meaningful and comprehensive laboratory sessions. Therefore, upon graduation the student is educated in a two-fold sense, both theoretically and practically.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the surveying engineering technology program. See laptop specifications.

Program Educational Objectives

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

  1. Write, read, and orally present technical reports, letters, and projects that meet the standards of the profession;
  2. Have an understanding of and are able to implement basic field and office survey procedures;
  3. Are capable of performing elementary research;
  4. Are competent in surveying techniques;
  5. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, continued formal education as well as lifelong learning.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
  • An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
  • An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly 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 and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity;
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Recommended: Physics


This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, as well as the NYS Education Department. These accreditations mean that the graduates from the AAS program will receive two years of credit towards the total statutory time requirement for licensure as a land surveyor in New York State.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Traditional survey methods for field and office
  • Program can lead to professional licensure
  • Transits, computers, levels, theodolities, and total stations
Articulation Agreements: 

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

Career Opportunities: 
  • Land Surveyor (after successfully meeting state requirements)
  • Surveying Engineering Technician
  • Party Chief
  • Field Technician
  • Instrument Person
  • Drafter - Computer
  • Mapping Technologist
  • Project Surveyor
  • GPS Surveyor
  • Office Assistant
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State surveying engineering technology graduates may enter directly into either the surveying and geomatics engineering technology program or technology management program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

The average four-semester breakdown for a typical student would consist of approximately 14 hours of lecture and 10 hours of lab or recitation. Additionally, one unit of physical education is required during one of the four semesters. The first year's departmental courses are common to both the construction and surveying engineering technology programs. Each student is assigned an academic adviser who teaches in the program. If a student is a transfer student, ample study is given to seeing that appropriate transfer credit is awarded for prior college courses. After the first semester, subsequent schedules are put together in consort with the academic adviser.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
CIVL1011Civil AutoCAD1
CIVL1204Surveying I4
CIVL1013Portland Cement Concrete3
CIVL1182Civil Tech Graphics2
MATH1033College Algebra or Higher*3
Second Semestercredits
CIVL2154Quality Control of Construction Materials4
CIVL2204Surveying II4
PHYS1024General Physics I4
MATH2043College Trigonometry or Higher*3
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
Third Semestercredits
CIVL3204Legal Aspects & Practice of Land Surveying4
CIVL3214Control Surveying4
PHYS2023General Physics II3
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
CIVL4204Subdivision Theory & Application4
CIVL4214Surveying Practicum4
CIVL4243Surveying Computer Applications3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3

*If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student's high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Math through technical calculus I must be completed. Freshman composition and introduction to literature must be taken.

Also required: One unit of physical education.

Enrollment and Graduation Rates: 
Enrollment% Graduated in Two Years% Graduated in Three Years
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees253
Responding to Survey2 (100%)5 (100%)3 (100%)
Employed2 (100%)2 (40%)--
Employed in Field2 (100%)2 (100%)--
Transferred--3 (60%)3 (100%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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