Degree in Surveying and Mapping, BS

Students cover the principles and techniques of field measurements and adjustments, boundary, topographic, geodetic, route and construction surveys. This program allows students to develop maps from field measurements, design and layout construction projects, plan subdivision developments, and establish horizontal and vertical control using satellite geodesy.

Students also cover topics from civil and construction engineering, including structures, fluid mechanics, hydrology and the design and construction of highways. The program exceeds the State of Georgia academic registration requirements to become a Registered Land Surveyor and is the only ABET accredited surveying program in Georgia. 

  • Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe career and professional accomplishments that the program prepares graduates to achieve during the first few years following graduation. Graduates of the surveying and mapping program will:

    1. Possess a balance of technical knowledge that encompasses surveying, mapping and land development.
    2. Meet industry expectations for expertise in planning, execution, and development of a survey, site/subdivision design and small-scale map.
    3. Meet industry expectations in evaluating ethical, societal, and environmental issues in the practice of surveying and mapping.
    4. Practice effective professional communications in formats common to industry practice.
    5. Be capable of career advancement, professional development, and can pursue registration as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Georgia.
  • Student outcomes describe the knowledge and skills acquired by students who complete the program. Students completing the surveying and mapping program will be able to:

    1. Implement procedures for the use and care of field equipment.
    2. Apply math, science, and technology in surveying activities.
    3. Perform a boundary survey and preparation of a plat using appropriate Georgia standards and laws.
    4. Perform typical land surveying activities including ALTA, topographic, volume, as-built, control, geodetic, and subdivision surveys.
    5. Design residential subdivisions including lot layout, roads, and drainage.
    6. Perform coordinate calculations on the State Plane Coordinate System and transformations to other coordinate systems.
    7. Identify the surveyor’s role in a land information system (GIS).
    8. Identify careers in surveying and mapping and be committed to the profession and lifelong learning, ethical and safe practices, and respect diversity and societal issues in practice.
    9. Effectively communicate information in these formats: written, oral, mathematical, and graphical.
    10. Identify and perform typical surveying business activities including project management, bidding, contracts and overhead.
    11. Function effectively as team members (or team leaders) on multi-disciplinary teams.

Degree in Surveying and Mapping, BS - Curriculum

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements in the KSU Catalog.

    • MATH 1112 - College Trigonometry
    • MATH 1113 - Precalculus

    • MATH 1190 - Calculus I
    • COM 1100 - Human Communication
    • PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I
    • PHYS 1111L - Introductory Physics Laboratory I
    • PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II
    • PHYS 1112L - Introductory Physics Laboratory II

Lower Division Major Requirements

    • TCOM 2010 - Technical Writing
    • STAT 1401 - Elementary Statistics
    • MATH 2202 - Calculus II
    • GEOG 1101 - Introduction to Human Geography
    • SURV 2221 - Surveying I
    • SURV 2221L - Surveying I Lab
    • One Hour from Area D

Upper Division Major Requirements

    • CE 1000 - Orientation to Engineering and Surveying Professions
    • EDG 2160 - Civil Graphics and Computer Aided Drafting
    • ENVS 2202K - Introduction to Environmental Science
    • SURV 3222 - Surveying II
    • GEOG 3305 - Introduction to Cartographic Processes
    • SURV 3320 - Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

    • SURV 3421 - Geographic Information Systems I
    • GEOG 3315 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

    • SURV 3451 - Terrain Analysis
    • SURV 3500 - Applied Hydrology and Hydraulics
    • SURV 4110 - Geospatial Sciences Practice
    • SURV 4410 - Surveying Computations and Adjustments
    • SURV 4415 - Geodetic Surveying Methods
    • SURV 4420 - Remote Sensing
    • SURV 4465 - Legal Aspects of Land Surveying
    • SURV 4470 - Land Development Design
    • SURV 4475 - Land Surveying Practice

Upper Level Elective 

    • SURV 3XXX or 4XXX
    • MATH 3260 - Linear Algebra I
    • MGT 3XXX or 4XXX (advisor approval required)
    • GEOG 3XXX or 4XXX (advisor approval required)
    • SCI 3XXX or 4XXX (advisor approval required)
    • CM 3XXX or 4XXX (advisor approval required)
    • ENVS 3XXX or 4XXX (advisor approval required)

      Appropriate electives will earn GIS certificate, see advisor

Free Elective (3 Credit Hours)

Any course in the university curriculum.

Program Total (121 Credit Hours)