2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Surveying and Mapping

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

Program Requirements

Surveying and Mapping, Minor Program Checksheet


  • Minor Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Surveying and Mapping Minor?    

The objective of the minor program in surveying and mapping is to give the students a general understanding of how surveying measurements are performed and to gain familiarity with 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 the 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 the State Plane Coordinate System - 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.

More Information

School of Engineering and Computing Technology
Survey Engineering Technology Programs
915 Campus Drive, SWN 312
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2291
Phone: 231-591-2633

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

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
Intro To Computer Mapping
Surveying Computation
Advanced Surveying
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
Legal Aspects of Surveying 1
Principles of GIS