Surveying Engineering Technology, A.ENGT.

Program Code: 2SRT_AENGT

Program Description

The Surveying Engineering Technology major provides the basic undergraduate education required for private and public service as a technician in the surveying profession. Basic knowledge is provided in the areas of boundary, construction, topographic, photogrammetry, laser scanning, and land development. The curriculum is designed to develop an individual understanding of the skills and equipment needed to make precise surveying measurements.

Graduates of the Surveying Engineering Technology major may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Surveying Engineering or Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology.

What is Surveying Engineering Technology?

Surveying is the science of measuring physical features of Earth to collect spatial information and to establish land boundaries. Survey engineering technologists learn the elements of surveying as applied to construction, land, topographic, geodetic, city, and photogrammetric surveys.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You enjoy the outdoors.
  • You have an interest in math and science.
  • You are passionate about robotic, GPS, scanner, GIS, and drone technology.
  • You are interested in geographic data and how it is captured, stored, manipulated, analyzed, and managed.

Entrance to Major

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Surveying Engineering Technology, a minimum of 66-69 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Requirements for the Major 57-60

12 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.

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
EDSGN 100Cornerstone Engineering Design3
SUR 132Surveying Software Analysis Tools 3
SUR 213Route and Construction Surveying 3
SUR 222Photogrammetry3
SUR 241Surveying Measurement Analysis3
SUR 361Surveying Laser Scanning 3
SUR 382Subdivision Design 2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
SUR 121Elementary Surveying 3
SUR 122Control Surveying 3
SUR 221Large-scale Mapping Surveys 3
SUR 373WCadastral and Legal Aspects of Surveying 4
Additional Courses
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra With Analytic Geometry and Applications II Keystone/General Education Course
and Plane Trigonometry and Applications of Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
or MATH 40 Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Technical Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 100AEffective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS 100B Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30H Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course

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 associate degree 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 and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Note: Up to six credits of Inter-Domain courses may be used for any Knowledge Domain requirement, but when a course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement, the credits from the course can be counted only once.


  • Any General Education course (including GHW and Inter-Domain): 3 credits

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

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 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 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

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.

Program Educational Objectives

The Associate Surveying Engineering Technology program prepares students with technical and professional skills for professional practice. Within three to five years of graduation, our Associate Surveying Engineering Technology graduates will have:

  1. Demonstrated proficiency in applying basic principles and methods of surveying practice to perform surveys, analyze results, and assist in surveying and/or engineering design solutions.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency in effectively articulating technical and non-technical concepts to diverse audiences through written, verbal, and graphical mediums.
  3. Worked collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams, showcasing their ability to function as productive team members, respect diverse perspectives, and contribute to team success.
  4. Engaged in continuous professional development, or further their education to pursue professional certification(s), or participating in professional organizations, to enhance their knowledge and skills and stay current in the field.

Student Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  3. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results.
  5. Function effectively as a member of a technical team.

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.



Dimitrios Bolkas
Program Coordinator, Surveying Engineering Programs
Center for Technology, 104
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2024-25 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition.

Surveying Engineering Technology, A.ENGT. at Wilkes-Barre Campus

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
ENGL 15 (GWS)‡†3MATH 110 or 140 (GQ)*‡†4
MATH 40 or 22 and 265-6PHYS 150 or 250 (GN)3-4
EDSGN 1003SUR 122*3
SUR 121*3SUR 1323
General Education Course3CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)‡†3
 17-18 16-17
Second Year
PHYS 151 or 251 (GN)3-4ENGL 202C or 202D3
SUR 221*3SUR 2223
SUR 2133SUR 373W*4
SUR 2413SUR 3822
SUR 3613General Education Course3
 General Education Course3
 15-16 18
Total Credits 66-69

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education


Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Career Paths

Graduates from the surveying engineering technology 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.




The A.ENGT. in Surveying Engineering Technology at Penn State Wilkes-Barre is Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Surveying/Geomatics Engineering Technology and Similarly named Programs.

Professional Licensure/Certification

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