Land Surveying Technology (LST)

Land Surveying Technology (LST)

A surveyor enjoys diverse responsibilities as part of his or her everyday routine. Many surveying technicians work outside collecting data, establishing control points, and determining boundary locations. Others work inside an engineering office helping with site design activities and developing plans while using the field data.

Graduates of the Land Surveying Technology program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Coursework includes operating state-of-the-art surveying equipment and computer software, in conjunction with understanding the fundamentals of civil engineering and site design. Students also gain specialized knowledge of boundary resolution, survey history, geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS).

Graduates of the Land Surveying Technology program are prepared to take the National Society of Professional Surveyors Certified Survey Technician (NSPS CST) Level II exam and enter the workforce as a surveying technician.

Graduates also may continue their education in Cincinnati State's Bachelor of Applied Science in Land Surveying.

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 Technology (LST)

First Year
Semester 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
MAT 151College Algebra ( G) 404
SUR 100Introduction to Land Surveying ( B) 223
SUR 105Surveying Fundamentals ( B) 233
CET 115Architectural Drafting and Computer Aided Design ( B) 244
Semester 2  
MAT 152Trigonometry ( B) 404
SUR 110Surveying for Construction Layout ( T) 233
SUR 120Computer Aided Design, Civil 3D, and Surveying Software ( T) 244
SUR 130Surveying History ( T) 404
Semester 3  
SUR 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Land Surveying ( T) 1402
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
Semester 4  
PHY 151Physics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry-Based ( G) 334
SUR 200Route Location and Design ( T) 324
SUR 201Elements of Boundary Surveying 1 ( T) 234
SUR 215Land Information Modeling ( T) 233
SUR 221Dendrology 1 ( T) 202
Semester 5  
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
ECO 110Principles of Macroeconomics ( G) 303
COMM 110Public Speaking ( B) 303
SUR 222Dendrology 2 ( T) 021
SUR 202Elements of Boundary Surveying 2 ( T) 334
Semester 6  
SUR 230Control Surveying ( T) 334
SUR 292Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Land Surveying ( T) 1402
Total Credits:  5511572

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

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.

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum. 

G = General Education course in this curriculum

B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum

T = Technical course in this curriculum

Land Surveying Technology (LST)

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 conduct experiments or test theories, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

An ability to function on teams.

An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

An ability to communicate effectively.

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 Coordinators

Doug Woodruff, MBA
doug.woodruff@cincinnatistate.edu

Jennifer Geiger, BS
jennifer.geiger@cincinnatistate.edu

Advisors

Wendy Steinberg, MS
wendy.steinberg@cincinnatistate.edu

Carole Womeldorf, PhD
carole.womeldorf@cincinnatistate.edu