Students in Surveying and Mapping Science at East Tennessee State University pursue coursework leading to professional land surveying practice and successful completion of the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying exam. Graduates from this program are well prepared for future licensing in any state and for occupying professional level positions with surveying and engineering firms, government service, utility companies, and related industries.
Surveying is a rapidly developing profession that deals with spatial information - it answers the “where” question. As almost all information has some kind of location, the variety of information and applications which the Professional Surveyor deals with is extremely wide. The online Surveying and Mapping degree program at ETSU meets or exceeds the minimum educational requirements for surveying licensure in most states and many foreign jurisdictions.
ETSU's Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Surveying and Mapping is grounded in the sciences, notably the sciences of mathematics and measurement theory. And, perhaps to a greater extent than many other professions, surveying is being rapidly affected by new technological changes, such as GPS, GIS, computerized mapping, robotics, scanning, and wireless communications. The ETSU's Online Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying and Mapping Science program in the Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying Department is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET and prepares students for licensing in any state.
This program is delivered primarily through synchronous online courses and is specifically designed to ensure successful completion for working professionals from all over the country. Please contact the department for information about synchronous courses. The lecture component of most online surveying courses is streamed, recorded, and made available to all students.
Students who enroll in sections that have a live video streaming option also have the option of making arrangements to perform lab exercises off-campus. Those who exercise this option will need to make arrangements with a partner who will assist in administering exams and lab assignments at off-campus locations.
Program Educational Objective
The objective of the Surveying and Mapping Science program is to prepare graduates to successfully pursue their professional career objectives in a land surveying and mapping-related field. The program considers this objective to be realized if a majority of graduates:
Are employed in a field within the geomatics disciplines.
- Have successfully completed licensing for professional certification/registration, e.g. PS, CP, or GISP, as appropriate for their career path in a geomatics discipline.
- Obtain membership in one or more professional organizations relevant to their career of choice.
- Continue professional education by participating in professional development courses or sessions, or complete higher education courses.
- Analyze, manage, and disseminate geospatial data utilizing industry-standard land surveying techniques.
The program will produce graduates who are prepared for a professional career in a land surveying and mapping-related field.
Program information including curriculum and graduation requirements can be found in the B.S. Surveying and Mapping Science entry of the ETSU Undergraduate Catalog.