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 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.
- 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
- Land Surveying
- Construction Surveying
- Forestry Surveying
- Geographic Information Systems
- Global Positioning Systems
- 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.
- First semester: Dendrology; Surveying I: Fundamentals of Surveying ; Algebra; Electives
- Second semester: Surveying II: Automation; Photogrammetry; CAD I: Fundamentals; Trigonometry; Electives
- 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 program has been accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET (see www.abet.org) through September 2018 but the program’s accreditation lapsed as of October 2018. While no longer accredited, the program is seeking accreditation via an ETAC evaluation process during 2018 – 2019. The program expects to be successful in this reaccreditation effort and have accreditation restored.