Surveying Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program


Hegis Code: 5309 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 35249


Program Description

Surveyors are involved in land surveying, route surveying, construction surveying, photogrammetry, mapping, global positioning systems, geographical information systems, and other areas of property description and measurements.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the AAS Surveying Technology Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Effectively write grammatically correct essays with a focused main idea, logically developed with supporting details including the incorporation of information from secondary sources, properly cited;
  • Critically read and orally present researched information in an organized, effective manner;
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct and document research, including gathering information, logically and analyzing problems, drawing inferences, and proposing solutions;
  • Apply appropriate mathematical procedures and quantitative methods to solve practical problems in mathematics and in the field of surveying technology;
  • Be introduced to the basic skills necessary to operate a personal computer and utilize Microsoft Office software; 
  •  Produce a draft business plan for starting and operating a small business in surveying;
  • Develop the skills necessary for performing manual drafting by hand and computer-assisted drafting utilizing the AutoCAD platform;
  • Develop the skills necessary for drafting and editing maps utilizing GPS data and the ArcView GIS platform;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of surveying practices required in the industry today by developing a proficiency in the use of surveying tools and techniques leading to drafted maps of surveyed properties;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal aspects of land surveying and how a land-use projects are given approval by local, State, and Federal agencies;
  • Develop the legal knowledge and necessary skills for the surveying of highway routes;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of tree identification and the science of dendrology;
  • Gain field experience by working in the surveying industry. 

Employment Potential

Students successfully completing this program will be prepared to work in the field of surveying eventually leading to professional land surveyor licensure. This program was also designed to seamlessly transfer to a four year institution for Surveying Engineering Technology.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster’s  Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here. 

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
SVY 103 Civil AutoCAD 3
ENG 101 * College English I 3
ESC 104 Physical Geology 4
LIB 111 * Information Literacy 1
SVY 101 Introduction to Surveying 3
Semester Credits 14
Second Semester
ENG 227 Technical Writing 3
SVY 104 Surveying Computer Applications 3
MAT 160 Pre-Calculus 4
SVY 102 Surveying I 3
SVY 110 Legal Aspects of Land Surveying 3
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester
BIO 217  Dendrology Field Experience 3
BUS 115 Entrepreneurship 3
PSY 101 * General Psychology 3

SVY 201

Surveying II 3

SVY 210

Land Management 3
Semester Credits 15
Fourth Semester
COM 103 * or COM 105 * Oral Communications or
Public Speaking
GEG 122 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3

SVY 212

Surveying Problems 3

SVY 215

Route Surveying 3

SVY 293

Field Experience Surveying 3
Semester Credits 15
Total Credits 60
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill * General Education Requirements.





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