Surveying Engineering, B.S.

Program Code: SURE_BS

Direct Admission to the Major

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying Engineering, a minimum of 132 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 114

27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CMPSC 201Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course3
EDSGN 100Cornerstone Engineering Design3
IE 302Engineering Economy3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2-3
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 213General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
PHYS 214General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
STAT 401Experimental Methods3
SUR 212Route and Construction Surveying4
SUR 222Photogrammetry3
SUR 262Coordinate Systems in Map Projections2
SUR 341Adjustment Computations3
SUR 351Geodetic Models3
SUR 362Introduction to Geospatial Information Engineering3
SUR 381Stormwater Hydraulics and Hydrology4
SUR 441Data Analysis and Project Design3
SUR 455Precise Positioning Systems3
SUR 462Parcel-Based Geospatial Information Systems3
SUR 471Professional Aspects of Land Surveying3
SUR 490Seminar in Surveying1
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
SUR 111Plane Surveying4
SUR 162Methods in Large Scale Mapping3
SUR 241Surveying Measurement Analysis3
SUR 272Cadastral Surveying3
SUR 372WLegal Aspects of Land Surveying3
Additional Courses
CAS 100AEffective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS 100B Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
CE 410WSustainable Residential Land Development3
or SUR 482 Land Development Design
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits of the following:6
CE 300-level courses 1
CE 400-level courses 1
Integrated Surveying
Digital Photogrammetry
Independent Studies
Special Topics

Program Educational Objectives

The Surveying Engineering program prepares students with technical and professional skills for the professional practice. Due to their experience in our program, within few years of graduation, we expect our graduates to have the ability to:

  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.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Surveying Engineering program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Wilkes-Barre

Albert Lozano
Program Co-Coordinator, Surveying Engineering
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9245
axl17@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Wilkes-Barre Campus

Survey Engineering

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer here:

http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 153ECON 102 or 1043
EDSGN 1003MATH 141*‡†4
General Education Course3MATH 2202
PSU 81PHYS 211*†4
MATH 140*‡†4SUR 162*3
SUR 111*4 
 18 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 2304CMPSC 201 or 2003
PHYS 2124MATH 2514
SUR 2124PHYS 2132
SUR 241*3PHYS 2142
STAT 4013SUR 2223
 SUR 2622
 18 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A‡†3ENGL 202C3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course(GHW)1.5SUR 3623
SUR 272*3SUR 372W*3
SUR 3413SUR 3814
SUR 3513 
 16.5 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course3General Education Course(GHW)1.5
General Education Course3SUR 3133
IE 3023SUR 4413
SUR 4623SUR 4223
SUR 4713SUR 4553
SUR 4901SUR 4823
 16 16.5
Total Credits 133

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Concurrent B.S. in Surveying Engineering & Civil Engineering at Wilkes Barre and University Park

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110* 13CMPSC 201 or 2003
CHEM 1111MATH 141*‡†1,24
EDSGN 1003MATH 2202
ENGL 153PHYS 211*†1,24
MATH 140*‡†14SUR 162*3
PSU 81SUR 2622
SUR 111*2,34 
 19 18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 2304MATH 251*14
PHYS 212*†14PHYS 2132
SUR 2124PHYS 2142
SUR 241*23SUR 2223
SUR 272*23SUR 36223
 SUR 372W*23
 18 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EMCH 211* 33ENGL 202C3
General Education Course(GHW)61.5EMCH 212*33
SUR 3413EMCH 213*33
SUR 3513SUR 3814
SUR 462 (C E technical elective)53SUR 44153
SUR 4713SUR 455 (C E technical elective)53
SUR 4901 
 17.5 19
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A3CE 335*33
CE 332* 33CE 336*33
CE 340* 33CE 337*31
CE 360* 33CE 370*33
General Education Course3ECON 102 or 1043
GEOSC 13General Education Course3
 General Education Course(GHW)61.5
 18 17.5
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CE 321*33C E 3xx/4xx-SUR E technical elective43
C E 3xx/4xx-SUR E technical elective43General Education Course3
C E 3xx/4xx-SUR E technical elective43General Education Course3
EE 211 or 21263General Education Course3
CE 410W3IE 3023
STAT 4013ME 20163
 18 18
Total Credits 180

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Concurrent Degree Request and Acceptance Notes:

  • To be eligible for this program, a student must initially enroll in the SURE program at the Wilkes-Barre campus. All SURE majors are assigned an "entrance-to-major" (ETM) pool semester, even though they are already enrolled in a major.
  • Students in the SURE major must make their request for concurrent degree status during their ETM pool semester, which is typically the spring semester of their second year.
  • ETM courses of CHEM 110, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 must be completed with a C or better before the request for concurrent degree status will be acted upon.
  • To be considered for the concurrent degree option, the applicant must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.70 or higher at the time of the ETM pool year. However, if the ETM GPA requirement is higher due to enrollment controls in the CE department, the higher GPA will be used for admission to the major.
  • Upon acceptance in to the CE major, students will remain at the Wilkes-Barre campus to complete their third year of study. During the spring semester of the third year, students will request a change of campus from WB to UP for the fall semester of the fourth year (7th semester).
  • Students who wish to change their major to SURE during their first year of study, and who are also in pursuit of the concurrent degree option, should contact the Surveying Engineering program chair to discuss feasibility of completing the option.

Career Paths

Graduates from the surveying engineering program work at government agencies and private industry companies and specialize in boundary surveying, geodesy, image analysis (photogrammetry and remote sensing), and geographic information systems.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE SURVEYING ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The baccalaureate program in Surveying Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

University Park

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY, AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
213 Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2952
adviser@engr.psu.edu

http://www.sedtapp.psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

SURVEYING ENGINEERING
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9245
axl17@psu.edu

http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/surveying