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Idaho State University

Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology


Program Description

The Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology program is available fully online or in a traditional classroom setting. The demand for surveyors has never been greater and the nationally-recognized, ABET Accredited Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology program at Idaho State University offers students a quality education that leads to many career paths:

•    Professional Surveyor
•    Geodesy
•    Photogrammetry
•    Mapping/Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
•    Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
•    Aerial Lidar Photogrammetry
•    Hydrography

Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology is an exciting program that offers an excellent educational environment with the latest in computers, software and surveying equipment used in the office and outdoors.  Program courses and projects utilize modern technologies such; total stations, 3D scanners, satellite technologies, Unmanned Aerial Systems and sonar for mapping, measuring and data processing. You will use the same type of equipment being used by the companies/agencies that hire you.

The program curriculum is set up as a 2+2 degree. All students accepted into the 4-year program automatically earn a 2-year degree in Civil Engineering Technology (CET) with no additional coursework required. Students then continue classes for the next two years taking upper division surveying courses to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. We offer small class sizes that emphasize actual project work both in the field and in the office. You will obtain the education, skills and training that you need to succeed.


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Program Overview

  • Program begins in August and JanuaryAccreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Logo
  • Program is offered in Pocatello and through Online Learning
  • The Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • The Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology program is a recipient of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) surveying education award.

Online Program Option

The Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology Program offers all necessary surveying coursework required for a bachelor of science degree from first year to fourth year levels (1000 – 4000) through online learning. For courses that include a laboratory component, the student's local mentor will be responsible for conducting/supervising the laboratory activities.

For more information about becoming a mentor view the Mentor Agreement.

For Current Survey Technicians

In addition to offering all surveying courses online for those wanting to pursue a four-year degree, the surveying program received a grant to reach out to incumbent survey personnel/survey technicians. This outreach program, known as TRIPOD offers an opportunity for incumbent survey technicians and survey personnel to earn college credits and NSPS Certified Survey Technician certification to advance their career and education in surveying.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science Degree Geomatics Technology (4+ years)

Technician Resource Initiative (TRIPOD)

Civil Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science (2 years)

Civil Engineering Technology Advanced Technical Certificate (2 years)

Civil Engineering Technology Materials Testing and Specifications Basic Technical Certificate (1 years)

 Career Opportunities

  • Engineering and surveying companies
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Consultant
  • Self employed

Financial Aid and Scholarships

ISU offers financial aid and scholarships.  Additional opportunities include state-sponsored scholarships; examples include the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for first time students and for returning students the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners.

Minimum Test Scores for B.S. Degree

SAT English: 360 Math: 500
ACT English: 14 Math: 19
ALEKS   Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 232  

Career Path Internship Criteria

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