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Surveying and Mapping Minor SURM

Degree Type: Minor

College(s): Engineering Technology

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
To obtain a minor a student must complete the following core courses for a total of 12 credit hours.
SURE 110 Fundamentals of Surveying 4
SURE 115 Intro To Computer Mapping 1
SURE 215 Surveying Computation 3
SURE 230 Advanced Surveying 4
In addition, the student must complete two courses (6 or 7 credits, for a total of 18 or 19 credit hours) from the following list of courses:
CENG 220 Engineering Surveying 4
SURE 340 Photogrammetry 3
SURE 365 Legal Aspects of Surveying 1 3
GISC 225 Principles of GIS 3

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.

    Graduation Requirements

    Students must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA. 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: surveying@ferris.edu

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