Land Surveying Bachelor's Degreee (LS.BAS)

Land Surveying Bachelor's Degree (LS.BAS)

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Land Surveying prepares students for work as professional surveyors, and meets the educational requirements for surveyors in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Graduates also are prepared to take NCEES exams (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) that are required to obtain professional licensure in land surveying in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Bachelor's degree coursework includes fundamental principles of civil engineering, construction, and site design, as well as skills required to operate state-of-the-art surveying equipment and computer software.

In addition, students gain knowledge of boundary resolution, subdivision design, geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS).

Students participate in experiential learning through cooperative education in each year of the bachelor's degree program.

A surveyor enjoys diverse job responsibilities. Many surveyors work outside for surveying firms collecting data, establishing control points, and determining boundary locations. Others work inside at a surveying firm, a civil engineering office, or in an architecture firm, helping with site design activities and developing plans while using the field data.

Surveyors may work on their own or with firms specializing in construction​, architecture, or engineering. Surveyors also work in private industry or work for the public with responsibilities including planning and zoning, transportation, land development, forensics, boundary control, geomatics, or law.

Graduates of the bachelor's degree program have the knowledge and skills needed to establish their own company or work for a larger firm as a land surveying technician, professional land surveyor, or survey director.

For more information, please contact the Engineering and Information Technologies Division at (513) 569-1743.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit the Admissions section of the College website.

Land Surveying (LS)

First Year
Semester 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective  101
MAT 151College Algebra 404
SUR 100Introduction to Land Surveying 223
CET 115Architectural Drafting and Computer Aided Design 244
SUR 105Surveying Fundamentals 233
Semester 2  
MAT 152Trigonometry 404
SUR 120Computer Aided Design, Civil 3D, and Surveying Software 244
SUR 110Surveying for Construction Layout 233
SUR 130Surveying History 404
Semester 3  
ENG 101English Composition 1 303
SUR X9X Cooperative Education Elective 1  1402
Second Year
Semester 1  
PHY 151Physics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry-Based 324
SUR 221Dendrology 1 202
SUR 200Route Location and Design 324
SUR 201Elements of Boundary Surveying 1 324
SUR 215Land Information Modeling 233
Semester 2  
ENG 10X English Composition Elective  303
ECO 110Principles of Macroeconomics 303
COMM 110Public Speaking 303
SUR 222Dendrology 2 021
SUR 202Elements of Boundary Surveying 2 334
Semester 3  
SUR 230Control Surveying 334
SUR X9X Cooperative Education Elective 2  1402
Third Year
Semester 1  
XXX XXX Social/Behavioral Science Elective  303
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective 1  303
MAT XXX Mathematics Elective  223
SUR 300Advanced Surveying Calculations and Statistics 404
Semester 2  
PHY 152Physics 2: Algebra and Trigonometry-Based 324
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective 2  303
SUR 310Surveying Laws and Ethics 404
SUR 305Geospatial Surveying 404
Semester 3  
SUR X9X Cooperative Education Elective 3  1402
Fourth Year
Semester 1  
SUR 420Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 233
EVS 120Environmental Geology 324
MKT 101Principles of Marketing 303
MGT 120Entrepreneurship 303
Semester 2  
XXX XXX Science Elective  324
SUR 465Subdivision Design and Drainage Control 334
SUR 490Land Surveying Capstone 163
Total Credits:  101173126

 Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Success Strategies: Overview1
FYE 105College Success Strategies: Overview and Application2
FYE 110College Success Strategies: Practice and Application3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 131Statistics 13
MAT 251Calculus 15
Social/Behavioral Science Elective (select 1 course)
ECO 105Principles of Microeconomics3
GEO 105World Regional Geography: the Americas, Europe, and Australia3
GEO 110World Regional Geography: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East3
GEO 115Cultural Geography3
HST 101World History: First Civilizations to 15003
HST 102World History: 1500 to Present3
HST 111American History: Early Settlers to 18773
HST 112American History: 1877 to Present3
HST 121African American History: Origins to 18773
HST 122African American History: 1877 to Present3
HST 130History of Africa3
LBR 105Introduction to Labor and Employee Relations3
POL 101Introduction to American Government3
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 200Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 205Child Development3
PSY 210Adolescent Development3
PSY 215Adult Development3
PSY 220Social Psychology3
PSY 225Lifespan Development3
SOC 105Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 115Marriage and the Family3
SOC 130Sociology of Aging3
SOC 140Sociology of Gender3
Arts/Humanities Electives (select 2 courses)
ART 110Introduction to Art3
ART 111Art History: Ancient to Medieval Periods3
ART 112Art History: Renaissance to the Present3
COMM 130Introduction to Film Studies3
LIT 200Introduction to Literature3
LIT 210The Short Story3
LIT 220Poetry3
LIT 230Drama3
LIT 240The Novel3
LIT 251American Literature to 18653
LIT 252American Literature since 18653
LIT 255African American Literature3
LIT 261British Literature: Medieval Period to 18003
LIT 262British Literature: 1800 to Present3
LIT 265Shakespeare3
LIT 270Children's Literature3
LIT 280Science Fiction3
LIT 285Women Writers3
MUS 101Music History: Middle Ages to Late 19th Century3
MUS 102Music History: 20th Century3
MUS 105Music History: African-American Music3
MUS 110Jazz Appreciation3
MUS 115Rock and Pop Music3
MUS 120World Music3
PHI 105Introduction to Philosophy3
PHI 110Ethics3
REL 105World Religions3
THE 105Theater Appreciation3
THE 110History of Theater3
Science Elective
BIO 131Biology 15
CHE 121
CHE 131
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Lab
5
PSC 105Astronomy4
Cooperative Education Electives: 1 & 2 (4 credit hours required)
SUR 191Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying1
SUR 192Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying1
SUR 193Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Land Surveying1
SUR 194Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Land Surveying1
SUR 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying2
SUR 292Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying2
Cooperative Education Elective: 3 (2 credit hours required)
SUR 391Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying1
SUR 392Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying1
SUR 491Full-Time Cooperative Education 3: Land Surveying 2

Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number-- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

  • This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
  • The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

Land Surveying Bachelor's Degree (LS.BAS)

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.

An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure, or program to meet desired needs.

An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses; analyze and interpret data; and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.

An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

Courses

SUR 100 Introduction to Land Surveying
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on foundational concepts in land surveying. Topics include: Land Surveying program expectations and curriculum, career preparation, licensing, ethics, diversity, first aid, and OSHA regulations. Students use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to complete assignments.
Prerequisites: None
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SUR 105 Surveying Fundamentals
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on foundation concepts of land surveying and site planning. Topics include: angle, distance, and elevation measurement; contours; and mapping and site planning fundamentals. Students complete outdoor field exercises and manual drafting lab exercises.
Prerequisites: MAT 124 or MAT 096 or appropriate placement
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SUR 110 Surveying for Construction Layout
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course in land surveying and construction layout. Topics include: traverse calculations, coordinate geometry, and field construction layout with methods of providing line and grade for varied projects. Students complete outdoor field exercises and computer lab exercises.
Prerequisites: SUR 105
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SUR 120 Computer Aided Design, Civil 3D, and Surveying Software
4 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

A course on applying advanced concepts of computer aided design, using Civil 3D and other surveying software. Students complete outdoor field and computer lab exercises and take the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) CST Level I exam.
Prerequisites: CET 115
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SUR 130 Surveying History
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the history of surveying in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, including the original surveys in these states.
Prerequisites: ENG 080 or appropriate placement
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SUR 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: CET 100 or SUR 100
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SUR 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 191
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SUR 193 Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Land Surveying
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 192 or SUR 291
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SUR 194 Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Land Surveying
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 193
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SUR 200 Route Location and Design
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on highway design criteria and standards. Topics include: design and layout of horizontal curves, verticals, and spirals; superelevation use; typical sections; and boundary, area, and right-of-way determination. Students complete outdoor field exercises and computer lab exercises.
Prerequisites: SUR 110
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SUR 201 Elements of Land Surveying 1
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamental concepts and techniques of land boundary surveying. Topics include: records research, state minimum standards, monumentation of corners, and simple plats and legal descriptions. Students must complete field exercises.
Prerequisites: SUR 110
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SUR 202 Elements of Land Surveying 2
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of SUR 201. Topics include: sequential and simultaneous boundaries, riparian and littoral boundaries, public land surveys, easements, and legal principles of property relating to surveyors.
Prerequisites: SUR 201
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SUR 215 Land Information Modeling
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on concepts and techniques of land modeling. Topics include: mapping, using geographic information system software, advanced digital terrain modeling, 3D laser scanning, LIDAR, high-definition surveying, and 3D site modeling for visualization and machine-control projects.
Prerequisites: SUR 110
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SUR 221 Dendrology 1
2 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A 7-week course on identification of commonly-encountered woody plants of southwestern Ohio, southeastern Indiana, and northern Kentucky, emphasizing use of botanical keys for identification during the summer season. Topics include: identifying markings and evidence of tree remnants to identify property corners and witness corners for land surveying.
Prerequisites: None
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SUR 222 Dendrology 2
1 Credit. 0 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

A 7-week course that is a continuation of SUR 221, emphasizing use of botanical keys for identification during the winter season while identifying commonly-encountered woody plants of southwestern Ohio, southeastern Indiana, and northern Kentucky.
Prerequisites: SUR 221
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SUR 230 Control Surveying
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course in concepts and techniques of control surveying. Topics include: basic geodesy, state plane coordinate concepts and calculations, establishing horizontal and vertical control, GPS positioning, and network adjustment. Students complete outdoor field and computer lab exercises and take the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) CST Level II exam.
Prerequisites: SUR 200
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SUR 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's or bachelor's degree participate in a full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 100 or CET 100
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SUR 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's or bachelor's degree participate in a full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 291
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SUR 300 Advanced Surveying Calculations and Statistics
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on survey calculations employing statistical concepts. Topics include: descriptive and inferential statistics, advanced coordinate geometry methods, least squares adjustment, and error theory.
Prerequisites: SUR 200
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SUR 305 Geospatial Surveying
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on surveying using geospatial methods. Topics include: satellite positioning, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and laser scanning.
Prerequisites: SUR 230
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SUR 310 Surveying Laws and Ethics
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on surveying law and professional ethics in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, including legislation and regulations affecting land surveyors in these states.
Prerequisites: SUR 202
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SUR 391 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 194 or SUR 292
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SUR 392 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying
1 Credit. 0 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 391
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SUR 393 Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Land Surveying
1 Credit. 0 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 392
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SUR 394 Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Land Surveying
1 Credit. 0 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 393
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SUR 420 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on concepts and techniques for photogrammetry and remote sensing. Topics include: laser scanning, data storage and usage, data sharing, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other current advanced surveying technologies.
Prerequisites: SUR 300 and SUR 305
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SUR 465 Subdivision Design and Drainage Control
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on applying land surveying and civil engineering design principles to land development projects. Topics include: subdivision regulations, zoning regulations, lot layout, street layout, utility design, drainage, and site grading. Students create a set of subdivision drawings to meet local standards.
Prerequisites: SUR 120 and SUR 200
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SUR 490 Land Surveying Capstone
3 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 6 Lab Hours.

Students complete a field project that demonstrates integrated competencies in advanced surveying concepts and techniques. Students also prepare for and take the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Surveying exam.
Prerequisites: SUR 200 and SUR 310
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SUR 491 Full-Time Cooperative Education 3: Land Surveying
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 194 or SUR 292
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SUR 492 Full-Time Cooperative Education 4: Land Surveying
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree participate in a full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: SUR 491
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Faculty

Program Chair

Carol Morman, EdD, PE, PS
carol.morman@cincinnatistate.edu

Co-op Coordinator

Doug Woodruff, MBA
doug.woodruff@cincinnatistate.edu