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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Surveying Engineering

University College, Penn State Wilkes-Barre (SUR E)

PROFESSOR FRANK DERBY, Program Coordinator, Penn State Wilkes-Barre
PROFESSOR IVAN E. ESPARRAGOZA, Director of Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering, Penn State Brandywine
PROFESSOR SVEN BILÉN, Head, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, Penn State University Park

The Surveying Engineering major provides a basic undergraduate education required for private and public service in the profession of surveying. Particular emphasis is placed on fundamental surveying principles required in all areas of surveying. Instruction is provided in the main divisions of surveying, including land surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, data analysis and adjustment, geodesy and map projection coordinate systems, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and land development. Students study various data collection techniques using surveying tools including total stations, levels, softcopy photogrammetry, satellite imagery, and the global navigation satellite system (GNSS). They also study legal principles related to land surveying, professional ethics, applications for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in surveying, and data management techniques. Through the use of projects and capstone courses students will design measurement systems, alignments, land information systems, and land development.

Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Proficiently use mathematics, science, measurement methods, and modern surveying tools to collect, analyze, and reduce spatial data in professional applications or advanced study in surveying engineering or a related field.
  2. Proficiently apply basic principles of land surveying, professional practice, and professional ethics to design and conduct surveys, and to analyze and interpret data in surveying engineering applications.
  3. Effectively convey technical and professional information in written, verbal, and graphic forms, as an individual and as a member of a professional team.
  4. Demonstrate their recognition of the importance of professional organizations for advancement toward professional licensure, development of leadership skills, and maintaining a broad understanding of contemporary societal issues by participating in activities of professional organizations in capacities ultimately leading to leadership positions.
  5. Demonstrate their recognition of the need for continuous, life-long learning by participating in continuing education as students or as instructors.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

The SUR E program has adopted for its program student outcomes the following outcomes as listed in the general criteria of the EAC of ABET “Criteria for AccreditingEngineering Programs, 2012-2013.”  Engineering programs must demonstrate that their students attain:  

a)  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
b)  an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,
c)  an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability,
d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams,
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
f)  an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
g) an ability to communicate effectively,
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,
i)  a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning,
j)  a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

For the B. S. degree a minimum of 132 credits is required. The baccalaureate program in Surveying Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(Included as part of the First-Year Experience as specified by individual campus or college)

(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2-3), PHYS 211 GN(4), SUR 111(4)[1], SUR 162(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201 GQ(3), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2), STAT 401(3), SUR 212(4), SUR 222(3), SUR 241(3)[1], SUR 262(2) (Sem: 3-4)
IE 302(3), SUR 272(3)[1], SUR 341(3), SUR 351(3), SUR 362(3), SUR 372(3)[1], SUR 381(4) (Sem: 5-6)
SUR 441(3), SUR 455(3), SUR 462(3), SUR 471(3), SUR 490(1) (Sem: 7-8)

CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 15 GWS(3) or ENGL 30 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 14 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) or ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CE 410(3) or SUR 482(3) (Sem: 7-10)

Select 6 credits from C E 300-level courses [2], CE 400-level courses[2], SUR 313(3), SUR 422(3), SUR 496(1-6) or SUR 497(1-6) (Sem: 7-10)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[2] These courses are not offered at Wilkes-Barre campus. They are provided to accommodate concurrent degree students in CE and SURE.


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-06-069

Review Date: 04/12/2011

UCA Revision #1: 8/14/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07


Program objectives updated with editorial changes, per COE: 5/21/12


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