Second Year Course Descriptions (Land Survey Technician Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree)
course covers the concepts of random error theory and adjustment
algorithms, the mathematical application of simple error propagation
formulas and compass rule adjustments.
The course uses computer applications to perform least squares
adjustments of survey networks and interpret the results.
SUR 235 -
course is an overview of the legal aspects of surveying and the
responsibilities of the surveyor. Topics
include excesses and deficiencies, occupation vs. title, encroachments,
records of survey, ALTA surveys, boundary law, water boundaries,
monuments, streets, and easements.
SUR 242 -
course covers the analysis, interpretation, and writing of legal
descriptions, proper form, controlling elements, metes and bounds,
sectionalized land descriptions, special shapes, easements and
SUR 245 -
Public Land System 2
course covers the use of the Public Land System as a system of legal
control. The topics covered
include monumentation, area computation, section retracement, corner
restoration and subdivision of sections.
SUR 247 -
course provides an introduction to photogrammetry as used in Land
Surveying, with instruction on air photo interpretation, stereo
photographs, mathematics, stereoplotting, orthophotography, field control
for single and multiple model surveys, paneling principles and techniques
and project planning. The
student is also introduced to the setup and use of the Wild A7
SUR 249 -
Survey Research and GIS
learn to do research at county, state and federal offices, title
companies, and private sources for boundary, control and utilities.
Several field trips provide exposure and opportunities to do
individual research projects. The course covers GIS as an information source.
SUR 250 -
CAD for Surveying
course introduces students to the AutoCAD software for the drawing and
editing of figures, text and blocks, paper space and plotting.
It also introduces the AutoDesk Land Development COGO module for
the preparation of simple surveying drawings.
SUR 251 -
Advanced Computer Applications
course is a continuation of SUR 250 with further applications of AutoCAD
Land Development Desktop: Labs
include productivity training and preparation of finished drawings.
SUR 255 -
Global Positioning System
course is an overview of Global Positioning System (GPS) principles as
applied to land surveying for centimeter accuracy measurement: position
and vector observations, project planning, network design, static and
SUR 256 -
course covers the many aspects of land development from legal
requirements, urban planning, zoning,
project planning and subdivision geometry to the engineering design
of grading, drainage, streets and earthwork.
SUR 257 -
Surveying relates surveying principles to the spheroidal earth.
Students are exposed to slope distance reductions, ellipsoids and
datums, two-dimensional coordinate transformations.
Labs are related to GPS survey data and triangulation data.
Students are instructed in the use of State Plane Coordinates.
Spherical trigonometry is applied to the use of Astronomic
SUR 261 -
Basic Math for Land Surveying
course covers the use of complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic
equations, the graphs of trigonometric functions and trigonometric
identities. A module of this
course covers the solution of spherical triangles using spherical
SUR 262 -
Intermediate Math for Land Surveying
continuation of SUR 261 covers sequences and series, inequalities, conic
sections, and the concept of limits.
SUR 263 -
Special Topics in Mathematics
course, which is a continuation of SUR 262, includes an introduction to
differential calculus as well as principles of statistics and least
squares adjustments applied to surveying.
SUR 270 -
Technical Writing for Land Surveying
course provides training in a variety of document types including proposal
letters, project scopes, field reports, business letters, contracts,
advanced word processing, and final resume preparation. The emphasis is on style, content and appearance of
SUR 281 -
Business Fundamentals and Ethics
course covers basic accounting, project accounting, estimating, contract
basics, licensing requirements, small business management, and the human
relations topics of dispute resolution, workplace diversity, customer
relations, marketing, professional organizations and professional ethics.
290 – Cooperative Education
student may substitute an approved co-op assignment in lieu of the Spring
Quarter Practicum (SUR 214). Prior
departmental approval and/or permission of the instructor and co-op
contract are required.