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

Surveying and Mapping (SURM-MNR-TE) Minor

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus


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Minor

The minor 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. Courses cover the basic surveying instruments, evaluation of the accuracy of field data, production of computer drawings using surveying and mapping software, and use of advanced electronic total stations.

The knowledge gained through this minor will enable the student who completes the program to function as a surveying technician within an organization.

Program Outcomes


  1. Perform basic differential leveling in the field.
  2. Reduce differential leveling observations.
  3. Understand the concept of field data collection using conventional and modern electronic data collection instruments such as an electronic total station.
  4. Understand the concept of field data collection using global positioning system (GPS) instruments.
  5. Understand the basic concept of how to prepare a topographic map from actual survey data.
  6. Perform traverse computations and simple traverse adjustment.
  7. Develop an appreciation for establishing horizontal and vertical control for a small to medium size surveying project.
  8. Have a basic understanding of State Plane Coordinates, Lambert conic projection in particular.
  9. Performing simple circular curve calculations.
  10. Performing the field layout of a basic circular curve.
  11. An appreciation for the basic photogrammetric concepts such as photo scale, flying height, overlap, side lap.
  12. An understanding of the public land surveying systems.
  13. An appreciation for the basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Admission Requirements


This minor is open to all students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, and may only be awarded to those not pursuing a degree in this subject area.

New Student Admission Requirements


  • Students must be admitted to Ferris State University and enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or higher, other than Surveying Engineering (SURE), with a 2.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) to enroll in this minor.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements


  • Students must be admitted to Ferris State University and enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or higher, other than Surveying Engineering (SURE), with a 2.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) to enroll in this minor.

All Minor Requirements - 18 Credits Required


Minor Courses - 12 Credits Required


Additional Requirements - 6 Credits Required


Notes


  • 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 a minor at Ferris State University:

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher must be achieved for the courses within the minor.
  • A minimum of 18 credits within the minor must be earned.
  • A minimum of 50 percent of minor credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.
  • A minimum of 9 of the credits in the minor must be at the 200 level or higher.
  • A maximum of one-third of the credits, but no more than 7 credit hours, in a minor may overlap with the student’s major.
  • Up to 6 credit hours may overlap between any two minors.
  • The minor must be completed prior to or at the awarding of a bachelor’s degree.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements


These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

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

Contact Information


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

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