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Career-Specific Program Overview

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Surveying

Surveyors are experts at measurement. They establish official land boundaries; write descriptions of land for deeds, easements and leases; and measure construction and mineral sites. Students in the surveying program will be trained to operate surveying equipment, including automatic levels, total stations, and global positioning system (GPS) receivers. Instruction covers procedures and computations involved in boundary, route and construction surveys, as well as preparing legal documents, plats, maps, and reports.

Students graduating with the Associate of Applied Science degree are recommended to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam soon after graduation. Passing the FS exam earns one a professional license as a surveyor intern (SI). After receiving board-approved experience while working in the surveying industry, individuals are allowed to take the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PPS) exam. Passing the PPS exam is the final step in the process of becoming a professional surveyor (PS).

Career Opportunities

  • Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
  • U.S. Corps of Engineers
  • Private companies
  • Independent surveying business owner/operator (after gaining experience and passage of the Principles and Practices of Surveying Exam)

Degree/Certificate Requirements

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Surveying will be able to:

  • Able to perform plane surveying computations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Technical Certificate in Surveying will be able to:

  • Perform plane surveying computations.
  • Use the basic features of Carlson Survey software.
  • Use basic surveying tools.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Surveying will be able to:

  • Use USPLSS to perform computations to restore lost corners.
  • Effectively use GPS systems.
  • Interpret and write land and survey descriptions.
  • Locate property boundaries in Arkansas.
  • Prepare reports and/or maps from field data.