Surveying and Mapping, BS

Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Mapping (298103BS)

More on the Land Surveying and Surveying and Mapping programs

Program Information and Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Mapping program is an upper level degree program designed to provide the student with additional education beyond the A.A.S. degree in Land Surveying. This degree is also designed to meet the formal education requirements for registration as a Professional Surveyor in the state of Ohio.

This upper level degree program is defined as follows:

  • The first two years are completed as an AAS 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.

The BS in Surveying and Mapping degree program includes classroom, laboratory, and industry experiences which stress the application of established surveying and mapping knowledge.

This degree program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Requirements for Admission

Applicants for the Surveying and Mapping program must hold an associate degree in Land Surveying from an accredited program or provide an equivalent academic background. The applicant must meet all minimum requirements for admission into The University of Akron. 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.

Cooperative Work Study Requirement

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:

  1. One calendar year with appropriate cooperative education course registration.
  2. Three semesters (Summer I and II counts as one semester for the co-op) with appropriate cooperative education course registration.
  3. Department review of prior or concurrent work experience.

Students having prior or concurrent work experience should submit to the Surveying and Mapping Co-op Review Committee appropriate documentation before signing their program contract. The Surveying and Mapping Co-op Review Committee will determine whether this work experience satisfies the co-op requirement. All students must be cleared through the Cooperative Education Office.

Requirements for Graduation

  • Compliance with the requirements of the general education program as outlined in the 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 to ensure that they have the required number of credits in surveying courses. Those found deficient must complete lower level surveying course work before upper level surveying and mapping courses can be taken.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 120 credits in the B.S. in Surveying and Mapping program including the associate degree program, the general education courses, the one-year co-op, and the Year 3, Year 4, and Year 5 course requirements.

The following information has official approval of The Department of Civil Engineering and The College of Engineering and Polymer Science, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. 



General Education Requirements *
General Education 15
Geographic Information Systems3
Surveying Core28
Safety and Business Practices3
Technical Electives4
Total Hours60

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours34

General Education (beyond the AAS Land Surveying)

Discipline-Specific General Education
ENGL:222Technical Report Writing (for Writing Second Course Requirement)3
PHIL:120Introduction to Ethics3
Other General Education 1, 2
Fine Arts and Humanities Requirement9
Total Hours15


MATH:255Technical Calculus I3
MATH:345Technical Data Analysis2
MATH:360Advanced Mathematics for Surveyors2
Total Hours7

Geographic Information Systems

SURV:201Intermediate Geographic and Land Information Systems3
Total Hours3

Surveying Core

SURV:310Survey Computations & Adjustments2
SURV:315Boundary Control & Legal Principles3
SURV:330Applied Photogrammetry3
SURV:340Cadastral Surveying2
SURV:410LiDAR and Laser Scanning2
SURV:415Legal Aspects of Surveying3
SURV:421Subdivision Design3
SURV:422Global Positioning System Surveying3
SURV:427Ohio Lands2
SURV:430Surveying Project3
SURV:431Senior Seminar2
Total Hours28

Safety and Business Practices

This requirement is met with both SURV:325 and SURV:335, or alternatively with CIVE:471
Safety for Surveyors
and The Business of Surveying
or CIVE:471 Construction Administration
Total Hours3

Technical Electives

Take four credits from the following:4
SURV:325Safety for Surveyors 1
SURV:335The Business of Surveying 1
SURV:426History of Surveying To 1785
SURV:428History of Surveying Since 1785
SURV:445Applications in GIS using GPS
SURV:450Topics in Professional Practice
SURV:489Special Topics in Surveying
SURV:490Workshop in Surveying
SURV:495Internship: Surveying and Mapping
SURV:497Surveying Honors Project
SURV:498Independent Study
SURV:205Building Geodatabases

Recommended Sequence

The first two years of the BS in Surveying and Mapping program are completed as an AAS in Land Surveying (60 credits) or similar associate degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for this degree. All University General Education requirements must be met. 

Plan of Study Grid
2nd Year
Summer SemesterHours
GNEN:300 Cooperative Education Work Period 3 0
3rd Year
Fall Semester
MATH:345 Technical Data Analysis 2
SURV:310 Survey Computations & Adjustments 2
SURV:201 Intermediate Geographic and Land Information Systems 3
ENGL:222 Technical Report Writing 3
PHIL:120 Introduction to Ethics 3
Safety for Surveyors
or Construction Administration
Spring Semester
MATH:255 Technical Calculus I 3
MATH:360 Advanced Mathematics for Surveyors 5 2
SURV:315 Boundary Control & Legal Principles 1 3
SURV:330 Applied Photogrammetry 3
SURV:340 Cadastral Surveying 2
Arts and Humanities requirement 4 3
Summer Semester
GNEN:403 Cooperative Education Work Period 0
4th Year
Fall Semester
SURV:415 Legal Aspects of Surveying 3
SURV:422 Global Positioning System Surveying 3
SURV:430 Surveying Project 3
SURV:450 Topics in Professional Practice (or other 2-credit Technical Elective) 2
Arts and Humanities requirement 4 3
Spring Semester
SURV:410 LiDAR and Laser Scanning 2
SURV:421 Subdivision Design 3
SURV:427 Ohio Lands 2
SURV:431 Senior Seminar 2
SURV:489 Special Topics in Surveying (or other 2-credit Technical Elective) 1-3
Arts and Humanities requirement 4 3
 Total Hours59-61

Policy Alert: By the end of your first 48 credit hours attempted, you must have completed your required General Education English, Mathematics, and Communications (Speech) requirements.