One of the most common ways to learn surveying in Connecticut is through a bachelor's degree program in civil engineering. Of the six schools offering surveying-related courses, three schools offer this degree program, while the others have 1-year undergraduate land surveying certificates and 2-year associate's degrees in similar majors. The associate's and bachelor's degree programs include a cooperative experience as part of the require core classes. Students focus their studies on computer-aided drafting, construction, blueprint reading, writing and legal research, among other key topics. None of the aforementioned programs requires applicants to have experience in surveying, albeit beneficial.
Overviews of the surveying courses offered by schools in Connecticut are provided below.
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain's Central Connecticut State University includes surveying instruction in its civil engineering bachelor's degree program. The program covers advanced surveying, engineering surveying and global positioning system (GPS) mapping for geographic information systems (GIS). Students can also take courses in engineering mechanics, hydraulics engineering and structural steel design. This program requires students to earn at least 127 credits for completion.
Charter Oak State College
Charter Oak State College, which is based in New Britain, offers three of the eight courses required for the land surveying certificate program. These three courses are legal research and writing, boundary law and statistics. Other courses required to obtain the certificate, which need to be taken elsewhere, include introductory GPS and GIS courses, advanced surveying and computer-aided drafting (CAD). All of the courses offered by Charter Oak State College are only available online.
Norwalk Community College
Students enrolled in the construction technology associate's degree program at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk are required to take a course in surveying. The introduction to surveying course teaches students traversing principles in relation to boundary surveying. Graduates of the program should be able to use and maintain surveying equipment.
Three Rivers Community College
Three Rivers Community College in Norwich offers a surveying and mapping technician certificate and two associate's degree programs that include surveying courses. Students must complete 27.5 credits to receive the certificate by taking courses in environmental regulations, CAD, site analysis and surveying. This program prepares students for entry-level employment in the surveying field. The associate's programs in engineering science and construction technology also include surveying courses. The 60-credit construction degree program includes one surveying course and one surveying lab, while the 66-credit engineering degree program provides two surveying courses and two surveying labs.
University of Hartford
Located in West Hartford, the University of Hartford provides surveying courses as part of its civil engineering program. Students can begin their surveying training with an introduction to surveying and GIS course and can continue their studies with a surveying II course. The curriculum also covers subjects like engineering and design, geotechnical engineering, reinforced concrete design, dynamics and water resources engineering. This 8-semester program requires students to complete 131 credits of coursework.
University of New Haven
The bachelor's degree program in civil engineering at the University of New Haven in West Haven allows students to study elementary surveying during their sophomore year. This course covers the different instruments used for measurements and provides students with surveying field experience. They learn how to adjust the instruments and analyze errors. Some other courses included in this program are mechanics and materials fundamentals, fluid thermal systems, engineering geology and modeling of engineering systems. A non-credit internship is also required to complete this 129-credit program.
The State Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors requires land surveyors in Connecticut to be licensed, which involves different classes of licensure. All classes involve passing the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) exams. One way aspiring surveyors can start the process is by receiving approved education that includes surveying coursework and then take the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying exam. They can then complete at least three years of supervised surveying experience before becoming eligible for licensure. Passing the NCEES Principles and Practice of Surveying exam is usually the last step in becoming a licensed surveyor. There are also requirements for surveyor-in-training licensure. However, education and experience requirements differ for each type of licensure and class, so checking the State Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is recommended.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Programs with Surveying Courses Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Central Connecticut State University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering||$10,616 in-state; $23,124 out-of-state*|
|Charter Oak State College||4-year, public; large suburb||Land Surveying Certificate||$8,301*|
|Norwalk Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Science in Construction Technology||$4,414 in-state; $13,182 out-of-state*|
|Three Rivers Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Surveying and Mapping Technician Certificate,
Associate in Science in Engineering Science,
Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology
|$4,464 for in-state; $13,212 for out-of-state*|
|University of Hartford||4-year, private, not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering||$40,694*|
|University of New Haven||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering||$39,270*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics