Academic Catalog

Environmental & Applied Technology

Surveying Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

This degree program prepares students to enter the civil engineering field. Competency in care and operation of field instruments, solution of problems in the laboratory, drafting of land survey maps and civil engineering plans, and application of studies to field practice are thoroughly explored.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Measure angles and distances using electronic total stations and distance meters.
  • Compile field data, adjusting for error from horizontal and vertical traverses.
  • Create typical drawing title blocks accepted by local municipalities such as the City of San Diego.
  • Calculate and plot contours and other features found on a topographic map.
  • Plot easements using bearings, distances and curve information.
  • Recognize and apply the appropriate vocabulary of boundary law in discussion, reading, and writing legal descriptions of boundary.
  • Describe and solve advanced private boundary and public lands boundary problems.
  • Solve introductory property boundaries using title reports and record maps.

Career Opportunities

Geodetic Surveyor
Geophysical Prospecting Surveyor
Instruments Surveyor Assistant
Land Surveyor
Marine Surveyor
Mine Surveyor
Oil-Well Directional Surveyor

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

CADD-115Engineering Graphics3-4
or ENGR-100 Introduction to Engineering and Design
CADD-120Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting and Design3
SURV-127/CADD-127Survey Drafting Technology3
MATH-170Analytic Trigonometry3
PHYC-110Introductory Physics4
SURV-218/ENGR-218Plane Surveying4
SURV-220Boundary Control and Legal Principles3
SURV-240Advanced Surveying4
Total Units27-28

Plus General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Surveying. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.