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Surveying and Mapping

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose Surveying and Mapping Minor?

The objective of the minor program in surveying and mapping is to give the completers a general understanding of how surveying measurements are performed and to gain familiarity of knowing how to use the field surveying instruments. The students completing this program should be able to:

  • Perform basic differential leveling in the field
  • Reduce differential leveling observations
  • Understand the concept of field data collection using conventional and modern electronic data collection instruments such as an electronic total station
  • Understand the concept of field data collection using global positioning system (GPS) instruments
  • Understand the basic concept of how to prepare a topographic map from actual survey data
  • Perform traverse computations and simple traverse adjustment
  • Develop an appreciation for establishing horizontal and vertical control for a small to medium size surveying project
  • Have a basic understanding of State Plane Coordinates, Lambert conic projection in particular
    Depending on the student's selection of the optional courses, the student completing this minor will demonstrate:
  • Performing simple circular curve calculations
  • Performing the field layout of a basic circular curve
  • An appreciation for the basic photogrammetric concepts such as photo scale, flying height, overlap, side lap
  • An understanding of the public land surveying systems
  • An appreciation for the basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Career Opportunities

    The knowledge gained through this minor will enable the student who completes the program to function as a surveying technician within an organization.

    Admission Requirements

    The minor is open to all students enrolled and pursuing a baccalaureate or higher degree in majors other than Surveying Engineering. Students are expected to meet prerequisites for all courses. Students must be in good standing with a cumulative of a 2.0 or higher in declared major.

    Graduation Requirements

    Students must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA.

    A minimum of 50% of the total credits required must be earned at Ferris State University.

    Only 6 credits can be shared with student’s major.

    Students are also required to meet with their Surveying Engineering faculty advisor to plan and track their progress throughout the minor degree.

    More Information

    Surveying Engineering Program
    College of Engineering Technology
    Ferris State University
    915 Campus Drive, SWN 312
    Big Rapids, MI 49307-2291
    Phone: 231-591-2633
    email:

    Required Courses
    Credit Hours
    To obtain a minor, a student must complete the following core courses for a total of 12 credit hours.
    Fundamentals of Surveying
    3
    Intro To Computer Mapping
    3
    Surveying Computation
    3
    Advanced Surveying
    3
    In addition, the student must complete two courses (6 credits, for a total of 18 credit hours) from the following list of course
    Engineering Surveying
    3
    Photogrammetry
    3
    Legal Aspects of Surveying 1
    3
    Principles of GIS
    3
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