Individuals 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, 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 State 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.