2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Surveying Technology (SURT-AAS), A.A.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus

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Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Surveying Technology program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to function as an effective member of the surveying field crew. Courses cover the use of basic surveying instruments, evaluation of the accuracy of field data, production of computer drawings using surveying and mapping software, use of advanced electronic total stations, an inspection of basic civil engineering materials such as soils, aggregates, portland cement, and bituminous concrete, the study of laws and history of past judgments pertaining to boundary establishment, conformance with established survey standards, and effective communication with clients and colleagues.

Graduates will be hired as technicians, assistants and GPS operators. In addition, they will operate equipment and perform basic surveying calculations andcreate maps using different computer-assisted mapping software.

Program Outcomes

  1. Recognize the importance of accurate measurements and computations in Surveying.
  2. Be able to use surveying equipment to measure distances, height differences, angles, and azimuth.
  3. Understand the legal aspects of Surveying.
  4. Be able to use advanced surveying equipment such as robotic total stations.
  5. Be able to use Surveying and Mapping related software.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.75 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) (2.50 -2.74 with college approval)
  • Minimum Composite Score of ACT 18/SAT 950, Math Score of ACT 19/SAT 500
  • Placement into MATH 115 

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.50 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Placement into MATH 115 

University Requirements - 28 Credits Required

First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - Credit Required Met in College Requirements

All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100  course, or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 28 Credits Required

Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for an associate degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 6 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

  • Choose 1 of 4

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Official Pre-2016 Math SAT Score of 560 or Higher
  • Official Post-2016 Math SAT Score of 580 or Higher
  • Official Math ACT Score of 24 or Higher

Natural Sciences Competency - 3 Credits Required

One course is required with a minimum of 3 credits: must be a lab course.

Culture Competency - 3 Credits Required

Additional General Education Requirements - 10 Credits Required

These courses are additional General Education courses to meet the requirements for this specific program.

College Requirements - 33 Credits Required

Technical Related Courses - 3 Credits Required

Additional Requirements - 1 Credit Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for an associate degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.

Suggested Semester Layout

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First Year

Fall Courses

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 16

Second Year

Contact Information

Survey Engineering Technology Programs
(231) 591-2633
[email protected]

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