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Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology


Program Description

Surveying and Geomatics professionals measure and map the surface of the earth, airspace, waterways and establish official boundaries in land while using the latest software, satellite, sonar, 3D scanning and drone technology.

The curriculum offers options for individuals interested in a surveying and geomatics career at both the professional and technician levels.  Experienced, professional licensed instructors teach fully online or in a traditional classroom setting.

Individuals may transfer equivalent surveying credits from another institution to ISU to count toward a degree or certificate.

Learn more about the profession here.

Degree Options

Bachelor Degree in Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology

This four-year ABET accredited program is set up as a 2+2 degree. All students accepted into the program automatically earn a 2-year Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology (CET) with no additional course work required. Students then continue classes for the next two years taking upper division surveying courses to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

To declare the major in Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology, a student must have completed an AAS Degree in Civil Engineering Technology at ISU or equivalent, or have permission of the program coordinator.

Course Sequence for Bachelor of Science Degree Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology

Program Costs

Basic Technical Certificate in Surveying

Designed for Survey Technicians: A Certificate in Surveying from ISU is awarded upon completion of coursework. Consists of 24 credits of core surveying courses that prepare students for the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) - Certified Survey Technician Exam. Courses can be counted toward the Associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology and Bachelor Degree in Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology.

This degree is the result of the TRIPOD Program.

Course Sequence for Basic Technical Certificate, Surveying Technician

Academic Certificate in Land Surveying

For individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field related to surveying, and are seeking to obtain college credit hours in surveying science to meet various state licensing education requirements.

 This certificate consists of 30 credits in Surveying and is endorsed by the Idaho Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (IPELS.)

Course Sequence Academic Certificate, Land Surveying

Courses and Requirements

Program Costs

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Individuals may receive credit for work experience through the university's Experiential Learning Assessment (ELA) program.
1) Credits may be earned by submission of a portfolio of documented work experience equivalent to coursework and reviewed by faculty.
2) Credits may be earned by Challenge - This requires passing a comprehensive course exam(s).

 Prior Learning Assessment Courses and Challenge Courses

For more information contact Phil Jones, Academic Advisor 208-282-2622.

States Rules and Regulations for Licensure

Many states require a four-year or two-year degree in surveying to satisfy an educational requirement to become licensed as a surveyor.  Some states accept “related” degrees to surveying with the addition of a minimum number of surveying course credits.  This certificate offers ABET EAC accredited courses to meet many state licensing board surveying credit requirements. Click the following link to verify each state’s rules and regulations required for licensure.

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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.

 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

Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology participates in the Career Path Internship program.  This paid internship provides career experience to students  Career Path Internship Criteria.

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