Surveying Technology Degree – Paul Smith’s College

Earn a degree in Surveying Technology at Paul Smith’s College to further your path toward the perfect job or career.

Surveying Technology

Surveying is the science and practice of measuring our physical earth to obtain highly accurate results. Obtain the knowledge, technical skills and professional predisposition necessary to succeed in this rapidly changing profession. Through a hands-on combination of classwork, fieldwork and a professional internship experience, you’ll learn to:

  • Prepare maps and drawings utilizing standard surveying methods and technology
  • Stake out surveys for construction projects
  • Plan and conduct land subdivisions
  • Research and prepare boundary maps and surveyor’s reports in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Communicate, reason and interact in a professional manner

An overwhelming majority of our students find work – and at competitive salaries. Professionally experienced faculty with backgrounds as licensed land surveyors, GIS/GPS managers and experts in natural resources management provide students with access to a thriving job-placement network. Careers in surveying are typically available with engineering firms, government agencies and large landowning companies.


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Key Facts
  • A.A.S. degree
  • 63 credit hours (minimum) required
    • 21 credits must be in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Yields 2 years of credit toward requirements for licensing examinations developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and by the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying
  • The GIS minor requires 18 credit hours (minimum). Several required courses or restricted electives have prerequisites
Career Options
  • Land Surveying
  • Construction Surveying
  • Forestry Surveying
  • Draftsman
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Global Positioning Systems
Program Objectives
  • A drive to be employed in the geomatics industry, whether surveying itself or a related discipline
  • A willingness to contribute to the success of the Surveying Technology program at PSC
  • Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities
  • Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments, and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • Design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  • Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  • Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results.
  • A Desire to conduct themselves ethically and professionally, exhibiting personal integrity and responsibility in surveying practice.
Required Courses

Program Planning Guide »

  • First semester:  Dendrology; Surveying I: Fundamentals of Surveying
; Algebra; 
  • Second semester:  Surveying II: Automation; Photogrammetry; CAD I: Fundamentals; Trigonometry; 
  • Third (summer) semester:  Surveying III: Field Experience; Surveying Externship
  • Fourth semester:  Route Surveying; Topographic Surveying; Geodesy; GPS and GIS; Statistics
  • Fifth semester:  Law and Land Surveying; Problem Solving in Surveying
; CAD II: Surveying Applications; Electives


Dig into the data that powers Google Earth, underwater archaeology and remote sensing applications. Geographic information systems (GIS) and related techniques for spatial data collection and analysis are increasingly important tools in forestry, recreation, natural resources, environmental science and related disciplines.

The A.A.S. Surveying Technology program is fully accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET.