2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook 
    Jan 22, 2020  
2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Land Surveying Science Technology, AAS

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Have you ever dreamed of a career that combined your love for technology with your passion for working outdoors? If so, Southeast Tech’s Land Surveying Technology program was designed with you in mind.

Land Surveying is the technique and science behind determining specific points on a plot of land to help show the boundaries for construction, or to help develop land maps. Surveyors use both math and specialized equipment to help determine the points of a plot. Land Surveying also includes inspection, information gathering, research and data analysis to help determine the points and property boundaries.

Land Surveyors utilize a Global Positioning System (GPS) where satellites and a total station containing an electronic distance measurement device (EDM) determine precise measurements.

Graduates of our program will have the opportunity to become a registered land surveyor.

  • Southeast Tech Laptop Required

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Land Surveying Technology, a student will be able to:

Science & Technology

  • Understand the science of surveying involving traversing, topography, road/alinements, construction staking and geodetic surveys.
  • Perform routine calculations and apply referenced technical information in geodetic calculations.
  • Prepare plats, legal survey drawing and legal documents.
  • Create highway plans by interpreting and applying referenced technical information and basic knowledge of highway design specifications.
  • Create basic site-plans, topography maps, contour maps, survey plats, subdivision maps, detailed utility drawings and 3-D drawings through the use of computer-aided-drafting and field data collection.
  • Understand boundary law, land descriptions and record research.

Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Evaluate information from multiple perspectives, drawing reasonable conclusions.
  • Utilize time management skills to complete work as scheduled.
  • Be able to locate, understand, and interpret information found in plans, blueprints, manuals graphs, and schedules.
  • Select and use appropriate and effective approaches and tools in solving a wide variety of problems (scientific, mathematical, social, personal).
  •   Be able to recognize a problem and implement a response.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of various items that should be carefully observed while completing any field inspection.


  • Exhibit strong work ethic, attendance, self-esteem, integrity, honesty, sociability, and interpersonal skills.
  • Utilize time management skills to complete work as scheduled.
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding, friendliness, politeness to coworkers, as well as customers.
  • Be able to present a positive attitude toward the work environment regardless of situation.
  • Exert a high level of effort and an honest nature in the work place.
  • Work with diverse groups of people; respect diversity and other cultures.
  • Demonstrate a positive and professional attitude by working efficiently in close cooperation with others, being adaptable to changes in plans and giving proper credit for assistance received through outside resources.


  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner with peers and management, verbally and in writing, through the preparation of technical reports, effective interoffice and business correspondence, and construction specifications and other written contract documents.
  • Use various form of communication–oral, written, nonverbal—effectively.

Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 72

Additional Information

*LSS 230 - Educational Field Trip  CET/LSS is the preferred requirement for graduation; however CET 130 - Civil Internship  can also satisfy the requirement (see Advisor for details).

All CET and CAD courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better to continue on with the next sequential course.

Students entering a program in any semester other than the outlined may not graduate in the expected amount of time.

**Current students of the Land Surveying Science Technology Program that have either successfully completed, or are currently enrolled in a minimum total of 18 semester credit hours of surveying courses within, or in addition to, the Land Surveying Science Technology Program may apply for the Fundamentals of Land Surveying Exam. LSS 299 is a review for this exam.

Estimated total program fees

Tuition $ 7,488
Fees $6,408
Books and Supplies $2,000
Tools & Supplies $ 186
Laptop $ 1,275
TOTAL $17,357

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