Curriculum Guides


Surveying & Mapping (2980)

B.S. - Bachelor of Science

Major: Surveying & Mapping (298103BS)

College of Applied Science and Technology


Advanced technologies are transforming the functions of surveying and mapping - measuring of ground surface, as well as the preparation of maps, profiles, cross sections and alignments. Surveying and mapping technicians collect data in the field, make calculations and do computer-aided drafting.

  • This “Step Up” program builds on the knowledge and skills developed during your associate degree studies
  • Comprehensive curriculum includes learning how to:
    • use a variety of tools
    • create maps using principles and techniques of field measurements and adjustments
    • design construction projects and subdivisions
    • use GIS and GPS technology

Year 1

2940:170 Surveying Drafting3
2980:101 Basic Surveying3
2980:100 Introduction to Geomatics2
2020:121 English3
2030:152 Technical Mathematics II2
2030:153 Technical Mathematics III2
2820:131 Software Application Technolgy1
Min Credit Total 16
2030:154 Technical Mathematics IV3
2030:260 Advanced Trigonometry2
2820:161 Technical Physics: Mechanics I2
2820:162 Technical Physics: Mechancs II2
2980:355 Computer Applictn in Surveying3
2980:102 Topographic Surveying2
Oral Communication:Any3
Min Credit Total 17
2980:123 Surveying Field Practice2
Min Credit Total 2

Year 2

2020:222 Technical Report Writing3
2040:247 Survey of Basic Economics3
2980:222 Construction Surveying3
2980:223 Fundamentals of Map Production3
2980:228 Boundary Surveying3
Elective:Technical Elective2
Min Credit Total 17
2985:101 Intro to Geog & Land Info Syst3
2980:225 Advanced Surveying3
2980:251 CST Seminar1
3350:100 Introduction to Geography3
3370:101 Introductory Physical Geology4
Min Credit Total 14
Min Credit Total 0

Year 3

3300:112 English Composition II3
3350:447 Remote Sensing3
3600:120 Introduction to Ethics3
2030:345 Technical Data Analysis2
2820:310 Programming for Technologists2
2980:310 Survey Computations & Adjust2
Elective:2980:Surveying Elective3
Min Credit Total 18
2030:255 Technical Calculus I3
2030:480 Adv T: Technical Mathematics2
2420:211 Basic Accounting I3
2980:315 Boundary Cntrl & Lgl Prin3
2980:427 Ohio Lands2
3400:210 Humanities in Western Trad I4
Min Credit Total 17
Min Credit Total 0

Year 4

Elective:Cooperative Work Study (consult adviser)0
Min Credit Total 0
Elective:Cooperative Work Study (consult adviser)0
Min Credit Total 0
Elective:Cooperative Work Study (consult adviser)0
Min Credit Total 0

Year 5

2980:415 Legal Aspects of Surveying3
2980:431 Senior Seminar2
2980:422 GPS Surveying3
Humanities:Any Set3
Area Studies & Cultural Diversity:Any2
Elective:Technical Elective2
Elective:2980 Surveying and Mapping2
Min Credit Total 17
2420:103 Essentials of Management Tech3
2980:430 Surveying Project3
2980:421 Subdivision Design3
5550:211 First Aid & CPR2
Elective:2980 Surveying Elective2
Area Studies & Cultural Diversity:Any2
Min Credit Total 15
Min Credit Total 0
Degree Distribution Requirements
This curriculum guide is a recommended plan of study. Students with questions about degree requirements should contact an academic advisor.
Technical Electives: 2990:xxx Any 2990 course, 2420:117 Small Business Development, 2420:212 Basic Accounting II, 2420:227 Entrepreneurship Projects, 2880:151 Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection, 2940:210 Computer Aided Drawing I, 2940:211 Computer Aided Drawing II, 3350:310 Physical and Environmental Geography, 3350:440 Cartography, 3350:405 Geographic Information Systems, 3350:433 Introduction to Planning, 3350:488 Advanced Cartography, 3350:449 Advanced Remote Sensing.
Surveying Electives: 2980:325 OSHA Safety Requirements for Surveyors, 2980:330 Applied Photogrammetry, 2980:335 The Business of Surveying, 2980:420 Route Surveying, 2980:425 Land Navigation, 2980:426 History of Surveying to 1785, 2980:428 History of Surveying Since 1785, 2980:445 Applications in GIS Using GPS, 2980:450 Topics in Professional Practice, 2980:489 Special Topics in Surveying, 2980:490 Workshop in Surveying, 2980:495 Internship: Surveying and Mapping, 2980:498 Independent Study, 2985:xxx Any 2985 course.
This upper level degree program is designed as follows: The first two years are completed as an A.A.S. degree in Land Surveying or similarly based program; two of the remaining three years are for the completion of prescribed course work; the remaining year of the three years is devoted to a cooperative work experience in the surveying and mapping field. The student normally enters the co-op segment between the junior and senior years.
Applicants for the Surveying and Mapping program must hold an associate degree in Land Surveying from an accredited program or provide an equivalent background. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 out of a possible 4.0. Applicants with an associate degree in a discipline other than Land Surveying will be required to complete a specific formal set of courses as specified at the time of admission. Final approval for admission is based upon recommendations from the Director of the Surveying and Mapping Program.
The required Cooperative Work Study experience of the Surveying and Mapping program consists of 52 weeks of surveying work experience which may begin after the student has completed 34 hours of course work in the Surveying and Mapping program. This program may be satisfied by any one of the following options: one calendar year, three semesters (Summer I and II counts as one semester for the co-op) or Department review of prior or concurrent work experience.
Requirements for Graduation: Compliance with the requirements of the general studies program as outlined in this Bulletin; completion of the requirements for the associate degree in Land Surveying at The University of Akron or an approved associate degree program (students transferring from another institution must have their transcripts evaluated); and successful completion of a minimum of 132 credits in the B.S. in Surveying and Mapping program including the associate degree program, the general courses, a one-year co-op and required courses.
The following credit hour requirements apply to this degree: 66 minimum total credits; 16 credits in residence; the final 16 credits must be taken from The University of Akron.

Guide Updated: 03-27-2013