Degree Programs

Surveying Technology AAS

71 Credit Hours

This program is for persons entering the fields of surveying work, including land surveying, engineering surveying, and construction surveying. Emphasis is on field and laboratory experience in addition to theory, including topics using satellite and ground based positioning and imaging systems. Coursework incorporates industry standard software such as Autodesk Civil 3D, Microstation Inroads, Carlson, and ArcGIS. Graduates are allowed two years of credit in partial fulfillment of the requirements necessary to obtain a license in land surveying. The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http//www.abet.org

Two High School Mathematics Courses or the equivalent and one year of laboratory science are required. Chemistry and Physics are recommended.

See Certificate programs section for related Certificate instruction.
Goals & Outcomes
Educational Objectives:
  • Prepare graduates with the technical skills necessary to enter careers in the surveying field.
  • Prepare graduates with expanded skills in additional fields of interest and in current technological advancements to enter careers in the surveying field or transfer to other institutions.
  • Prepare graduates with the communications skills necessary to succeed in a diverse and global workplace.
  • Maintain and foster a positive environment conducive to teamwork, quality, professionalism, and continuous improvement.
  • Prepare graduates who demonstrate information literacy.
Graduates have:
  • a. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
  • b. 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;
  • c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
  • d. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
  • e. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
  • f. 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;
  • g. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • h. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and
  • i. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Students will:
  • Use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
Graduates are capable of:
  • a. Utilizing modern measurement technologies to acquire spatial data;
  • b. Employing industry-standard software to solve technical problems;
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CT101 Drafting
This course includes fundamental drafting techniques such as orthographic projection, dimensioning, multi-view, plan, profile, and cross-sections. Basic sketching is presented. Emphasis is on transportation engineering and surveying drawing using industry standard software (Computer Aided Drafting). See when this course is offered ...
4.0
MA121 Fund Coll Math 1
This is the first of a two-course sequence for students in programs that require mathematics through polynomial calculus. Algebraic manipulations, graphing skills and problem solving are emphasized. Topics include systems of linear equations including Cramer’s Rule, quadratic equations, variation, factoring and fractions, vectors and oblique triangles, and an introduction to trigonometry and applications. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
CT151 Surveying 1
This course introduces surveying, and includes the topics in the care and use of surveying instruments, field note procedures, land surveying, topographic surveying, construction surveying, and mapping from field notes. Fieldwork includes the use of measurement equipment, levels, transits, the odolites, total stations, and Global Positioning System (GPS). Corequisite: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1. See when this course is offered ...
2.0
CT141 Intro Civl Eng/Surveying Tech
This course introduces the many aspects of Civil Engineering to students who are interested in pursuing a career in either the Civil Engineering and/or Surveying Technology field. It also introduces students to the various tools required for use in these fields as well as the fields of engineering or engineering technology program. The use of personal computers is introduced as engineering tools for work enhancement. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, presentations, file management, and database software. Engineering and surveying ethics are also introduced. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
MA122 Fund Coll Math 2
This is the second of a two-course sequence for students in programs that require mathematics through polynomial calculus. Topics include complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytic geometry, limits, derivatives and integrals of polynomial functions, applications of the derivative, and area under a curve. Prerequisite: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CT152 Surveying 2
The course introduces route surveying, earthwork, and subdivision design. Topics include simple horizontal curves, reverse and compound horizontal curves, transitional spiral curves, symmetrical vertical curves, plan and profile views, cross-sections, volume computations, mass diagrams, subdivisions, and layout of simple and spiral curves in field. Computer Aided Drafting software is used in the preparation of maps and plans. Corequisite: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
4.0
PH151 General Physics 1
This non-calculus Physics course for technology, business administration, computer science, and liberal arts and sciences students covers topics in mechanics, wave motion, and heat. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1, or MA125 College Algebra & Trigonometry. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CT121 Statics
This course is a study of force systems and their actions on bodies at rest. Topics include force systems, equilibrium, distributed forces, centroid, moment of inertia, and friction. Prerequisite: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1. (Spring, Summer semester) See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
4.0
PH152 General Physics 2
This course is a continuation of PH151 General Physics 1 and includes topics in electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PH151 General Physics 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CT231 Transportation Engnr
This course studies transportation modes, including the interlocking relationships among transportation, economics, community development, the environment, energy usage and savings, aesthetics, zoning, land use, and the private/public sector partnership. Emphasis is placed on design criteria, material specifications and performance, drainage, pavement design, construction supervision, and maintenance practices for right-of-way operations. Prerequisite: CT152 Surveying 2. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
4.0
CT253 Surveying 3
This course introduces engineering field surveys, equipment, and methods. Topics include azimuth determination, control and level nets, surveying with data recording total stations, and position determination with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), including computer exposure for data reductions. Prerequisite: CT151 Surveying 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CT262 Leg Prin of Land Surv 1
This is the first in a sequence of two courses in legal terminology, interests in real property, and real property boundaries. Emphasis is placed on the Public Lands system used in most states. Off campus research is required. Prerequisite: CT151 Surveying 1. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
CT222 Soil Mech&Foundatns
This course introduces soil mechanics and its application to problems encountered in civil engineering. Topics include the flow of water through soils, soil strength and compressibility, the effect of water on these properties, and geo-synthetics. The theories of soil mechanics are applied to the design of foundations and retaining walls. This course explores the methods of performing field explorations. Laboratory tests commonly used to evaluate the engineering properties of soils are studied and performed. Corequisite: CT221 Strength of Materials: Civil. (Fall Semester) See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
4.0
CT232 Environmental Engineering
This course covers basic practices in hydraulics and hydrology, as well as the topics of water supply, wastewater management and pollution control. Prerequisites: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1 and CT151 Surveying 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
CT263 Digital Mapping
This course covers remote sensing along with metric analysis and interpretation of digital images. Photo interpretations and digital image analysis include satellite and aerial platforms. Topics include concepts and theories of geographic information systems and traditional photogrammetry. Prerequisite: CT151 Surveying 1. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
4.0
CT254 Surveying 4
This course includes precision calculation techniques with extensive exposure to statistics, coordinate geometry, 3-D coordinate transformations, tree identification, advanced stakeout, and data collection technologies. Use of total stations and Real Time Global Positioning systems as well as Computer Assisted and automated drafting are presented. Prerequisite: CT253 Surveying 3. See when this course is offered ...
Social Science Elective
Acceptable Social Science courses: PS101 American National Government, PY101 Introduction to General Psychology, SO101 Introduction to Sociology, BM101 Survey of Economics, AN101 Biological Anthropology, PS203 Local and State Government. See Certificate Programs section for related certificate instruction. Two High School Mathematics Courses or the equivalent, and one year of a laboratory science are required. Chemistry and physics are recommended.
3.0
CT264 Leg Prin of Land Surv 2
This second course in the sequence of two courses focuses on New York State laws that affect the surveyor. Topics include governmental organization, zoning, municipal, education, highway, health, business and real-property law, and developmental planning. Off-campus research is required. Prerequisite: CT262 Legal Principles of Land Surveying 1. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Footnotes:
PE Physical Education: PE170 First Aid is recommended


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