Credentials in surveying, or geomatics, are available at the Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), certificate and continuing education levels. Each level of education leads to different employment opportunities.
Schools with Survey Engineering Programs
The below schools offer surveying programs at various degree levels:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees, In-state (2015-2016)*|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||Undergraduate: $10,037 Graduate: $11,560|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's||$6,381|
|Pennsylvania State University||Lehman, PA||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$13,598|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, ID||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctorate||$9,208|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,504 (in-district), $3,184 (in-state)|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,550 (in-district), $9,210 (in-state)|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,569|
|Troy University||Troy, AL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,924|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for survey engineering schools:
- Prospective schools should offer quality hands-on training.
- Because they are only two years and generally are offered through local, public community colleges, an associate's degree tends to be a less expensive option for students seeking a degree in survey engineering.
- Graduates holding B.S. degrees in survey engineering have access to more employment opportunities in survey engineering and management in the public sector, private civil engineering companies and surveying firms.
- Certificate and continuing education programs are also available and are commonly offered through community colleges and can be completed in less than a year.
Completion of surveying engineering programs result in certificates and degrees from the associate's level to the doctorate level. They typically involve a significant amount of hands-on training and coursework in mathematics.