At which campus can I study this program?
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, and photogrammetric surveying. 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 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre or Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology at Penn State Harrisburg.
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.
For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Surveying Engineering Technology, a minimum of 67 to 70 credits is required:
|Requirements for the Major||58-61|
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.
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.
Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)
- Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
- Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits
- Arts (GA): 3 credits
- Humanities (GH): 3 credits
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
- Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits
Foundations or Knowledge Domains
- A General Education course selected from GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, or GS, and may include Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked) courses: 3 credits
The keystone symbol 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.
University Degree Requirements
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.
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.
|SUR 212||Route and Construction Surveying||4|
|SUR 241||Surveying Measurement Analysis||3|
|SUR 262||Coordinate Systems in Map Projections||2|
|SUR 313||Integrated Surveying||3|
|SUR 362||Introduction to Geospatial Information Engineering||3|
|SUR 372||Legal Aspects of Land Surveying||3|
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|SUR 111||Plane Surveying||4|
|SUR 162||Methods in Large Scale Mapping||3|
|SUR 272||Cadastral Surveying||3|
|CAS 100A||Effective Speech||3|
|or CAS 100B||Effective Speech|
|ENGL 15||Rhetoric and Composition||3|
|or ENGL 30||Honors Freshman Composition|
|ENGL 202C||Effective Writing: Technical Writing||3|
|or ENGL 202D||Effective Writing: Business Writing|
& MATH 26
|College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry |
and Plane Trigonometry
|or MATH 40||Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry|
|MATH 110||Techniques of Calculus I||4|
|or MATH 140||Calculus With Analytic Geometry I|
|Select 3 credits of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Engineering Design|
|Technical Drawing Fundamentals|
and Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting
and Engineering Technology Orientation
|Select 3-4 credits of the following:||3-4|
|Technical Physics I|
|General Physics: Mechanics|
|Introductory Physics I|
|Select 3-4 credits of the following:||3-4|
|Technical Physics II|
|General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism|
|Introductory Physics II|
Program Educational Objectives
Specific educational objectives of the program are to prepare graduates who, after the first few years of their surveying careers:
- Proficiently apply basic principles and methods of surveying practice to perform surveys and analyze results
- Effectively convey technical and professional information in written, verbal, and graphic forms, as individuals and as members of a professional team
- Demonstrate their recognition of the importance of professional organizations for their development as surveying technologists
- Demonstrate their recognition of the need for continuous, life-long learning
Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)
The SRT program has adopted for its program student outcomes the following outcomes as listed in the general criteria of the ETAC of ABET “Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs, 2012-2013.” Each program must demonstrate that graduates have:
- 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 non-technical 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; and
- a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Also adopted are the following ETAC of ABET’s Program Criteria for Surveying/Geomatics Engineering Technology Programs, 2012-2013. Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates are capable of:
- Utilizing modern measurement technologies to acquire spatial data;
- Employing industry-standard software to solve technical problems.
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 need to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
P.O. Box PSU
Lehman, PA 18627
Suggested Academic Plan
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.
|ENGL 15 (GWS)†||3||CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)†||3|
|Arts/Humanities/Social Science elective (GA/GH/GS)||3||Arts/Humanities/Soc Science elective (GA/GH/GS)||3|
|MATH 26 (GQ)†||3||Arts/Humanities/Soc Science elective (GA/GH/GS)||3|
|SUR 111*||4||MATH 22 (GQ)||3|
|EDSGN 100||3||PHYS 150 (GN)†||3|
|PSU 8 (Recommended)||1||SUR 162*||3|
|MATH 110 or 140 (GQ)||4||ENGL 202C or 202D (GWS)||3|
|PHYS 151 (GN)||3||SUR 222||3|
|SUR 212||4||SUR 262||2|
|SUR 241||3||SUR 313||3|
|SUR 272*||3||SUR 362||3|
|Total Credits 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 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.
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.
This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.