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

Why Choose a Certificate in Surveying?

The student completing this program should be able to:

  • Perform basic differential leveling in the field
  • Reduce differential leveling observations
  • Recognize the concept of field data collection using conventional and modern electronic data collection instruments such as an electronic total station
  • Recognize the concept of field data collection using global positioning system (GPS) instruments.
  • Recognize 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

Career Opportunities

The objective of the certificate program in surveying is simply to give the program completers a general exposure to the surveying practice and the capacity for employment with a real surveying degree.

Admission Requirements

Any person who is admitted to the University is welcome to seek the attainment of this certificate.  Student must be in good standing of a 2.0 or higher GPA.

Graduation Requirements

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

Only 6 credits can be shared with students major.

A minimum grade of C- is required for each course in certificate.

Cumulative GPA must be a 2.0 or higher. 

More Information:

Surveying Engineering Program
915 Campus Drive, SWN 312
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2291
Phone: 231-591-2633

College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

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Required Courses
Credit Hours
To obtain a certificate a student must complete the following core courses:
Fundamentals of Surveying
Intro To Computer Mapping
Const Surveying-Layout
Student must also complete two courses from the following list:
Engineering Surveying
Surveying Computation
Advanced Surveying
Legal Aspects of Surveying 1