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Surveying Engineering SURE

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Engineering Technology

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
FSUS 100 Ferris State Univ Seminar 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
GEOL 131 Geology and Land Use Mgmt 3
MATH 220 Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1 4
MATH 230 Analytical Geometry-Calculus 2 4
MATH 322 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 330 Differential Equations 3
PHYS 241 General Physics 1 5
PHYS 242 General Physics 2 5
Social Awareness 6
*Cultural Enrichment Total of 9 credits (this includes SURE 331) 9
SURE 331 Ethics-Prof in Engineering-Tec 3
CONM 121 Materials Properties-Testing 3
CENG 240 Engineering Statics 3
SURE 110 Fundamentals of Surveying 3
SURE 115 Intro To Computer Mapping 3
SURE 215 Surveying Computation 3
CENG 220 Engineering Surveying 3
SURE 230 Advanced Surveying 3
SURE 272 Prog Applications in Geomatics 2
CENG 321 Hydraulics Engineering 4
GISC 225 Principles of GIS 3
SURE 340 Photogrammetry 3
SURE 365 Legal Aspects of Surveying 1 3
SURE 366 Evidence-Proc Boundary Locat 3
SURE 372 Adjustment Computations 1 2
SURE 373 Adjustment Computations 2 3
SURE 420 Prof Practice of Surveying 3
CENG 421 Soils Engineering 4
GISC 425 Tech Issues in GIS-Cartography 3
SURE 440 Advance Photogrammetry 3
SURE 452 Geodesy 1 4
SURE 453 Geodesy 2 4
SURE 465 Legal Aspects of Survey 2 3
GISC 239 Remote Sensing 3
CENG 499 Applied Research-Survey Engr 4
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree: 132

Why Choose Surveying Engineering?

Instruction in this program emphasizes theoretical principles as well as practical applications of advanced surveying techniques and related computational procedures, geodesy, map compilation and photogrammetry, business aspects of operating a surveying firm, geographic information systems (GIS) and planning and conducting surveys.

Students in the Surveying Engineering program must complete trigonometry courses, have an aptitude for physical science and have the ability to work effectively as a team member.

The Bachelor of Science program in Surveying Engineering is designed to meet the needs of all students in the program. The Surveying Engineering program faculty, together with their program advisors, have revised the program's educational objectives as follows:

  • Program graduates will apply communication skills, lifelong learning attitude, and the knowledge of mathematics and basic science to attain advancement within the surveying profession.
  • Program graduates will exhibit creativity, leadership and team-building abilities, cultural appreciation and an understanding of global, societal, and environmental context consistent with the principles of sustainable development.
  • Program graduates will be engaged in the professional practice of surveying engineering with high ethical and professional responsibilities.
  • Program graduates will strive for professional licensure.

  • Career Opportunities

    Surveying engineering is the science of making precise measurements of the Earth's surface with the aid of sophisticated optical and electronic instruments. A challenging and satisfying profession, surveying engineering is of vital importance for national defense, exploration, conservation, preservation of natural resources and land development.

    There is a very high demand for surveying engineers, with five to six job opportunities for every graduate. Professional surveyors can choose to join an existing surveying and/or civil engineering firm or enter private practice following completion of licensing requirements. Graduates may also find employment with local, state and federal governmental agencies. In addition, surveying engineers are needed in resource recovery, oil and mineral exploration and other high-tech industries.

    Admission Requirements

    Admission to the College of Engineering Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies. Among first-time students in our technical programs, the average high school GPA is 2.8, and the average ACT composite score is 20.

    Students entering the Surveying Engineering program must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a minimum ACT math subscore of 26. Transfer students must have a 2.0 GPA or better for previous college coursework. Minimum composite ACT of 17.

    Graduation Requirements

    The Surveying Engineering program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

    More Information

    Surveying Engineering Program
    College of Engineering Technology
    Ferris State University
    915 Campus Drive/Swan 312
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    or call (231) 591-2633
    email: surveying@ferris.edu

    The College of Engineering Technology Surveying Engineering BS program is an accredited program of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC-ABET)


    The program is currently in the reaccreditation process.

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