The Best Land Surveying Schools

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The Best Land Surveying Schools
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When selecting a land surveying school, it is important to choose a program that will prepare you for licensure within your region. While licensing requirements vary from state to state, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying recommends obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited four-year surveying program. As of October 2009, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology recognised six schools with four-year accredited residential programs in surveying and geomatics.

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in surveying and mapping, with electives in cadastral design, Geographic Information Systems and photogrammetry, and surveying business. With laboratory classes usually limited to 15 to 18 students, ETSU provides close interaction with instructors and extensive preparation for the Fundamentals of Land Surveying portion of the professional license exam. As part of the interstate agreement Academic Common Market, ETSU offers instate tuition not only to residents of Tennessee but also to residents of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

East Tennessee State University

807 University Parkway

Box 70267

Johnson City, TN 37614


Oregon Institute of Technology

The Oregon Institute of Technology offers a Bachelor of Science degree in geomatics, with options in surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The curriculum is computer-intensive, preparing students to use a range of technical equipment including Global Positioning Systems (GPS), digital total stations, and satellite and terrestrial remote sensing.

Oregon Institute of Technology

Main Campus - Klamath Falls

3201 Campus Drive

Klamath Falls, OR 97601


Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in land surveying and mapping science within its undergraduate geography department. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach, providing students with a broad base in geology, climate and ecosystems, along with technical surveying skills. Students accepted into the four-year surveying program must possess an associate degree or certificate in a related field.

Saint Cloud State University

720 4th Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301


Southern Polytechnic State University

Southern Polytechnic State University offers a Bachelor of Science in surveying and mapping, with a particular focus on fieldwork and critical thinking outside the classroom. Most classes are lab-based, and students gain hands-on experience with GIS and GPS technology while learning to lay out construction projects, design subdivision developments and create maps from field measurements.

Southern Polytechnic State University

1100 South Marietta Parkway

Marietta, GA 30060


University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage provides a unique wilderness setting for surveying studies. The school offers a Bachelor of Science degree in geomatics, with a curriculum covering photogrammetry, remote sensing, geodesy and hydrography.

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive

Anchorage, AK 99508


University of Florida

The University of Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in geomatics within its college of agricultural and life sciences. The program emphasises interdisciplinary study in the social sciences, with required courses in economics, environmental impacts and business management.

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611


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