Land Surveying Technician/Geospatial Science

Any kind of land development or construction begins with a careful measuring and study of the land. This work is done by land surveyors, one of the most ancient trades in human history. This one-year online program follows the Field Surveying Technician certificate program to prepare graduates for their Professional Land Surveyor licenses. Students will learn to use computer software for survey reduction, coordinating geometry, and drafting. They will also practice land and field survey practices using instrument such as data collectors and GPS. The second-year program is also available to those who are working in the field but want to gain the education to be licensed.

Program Map: Guide to program costs, careers, and classes.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring (fall preferred). Consult program instructor or counselor for details.

Certificate of Completion
3 Quarters
42 Credits
Associate of Applied Science
6 Quarters
97 Credits
AAS - Transfer
Bachelor of Applied Science

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Martin Paquette

Entry Requirements

Admission Recommendations

  • Counselor and instructor interview.
  • Completion of Field Surveying Technician certificate program.

Course Information

Course Requirements for Certificate:

Course # Course Title Credits
SUR 205 Survey Adjustments 3
SUR 235 Boundary Law 4
SUR 242 Legal Descriptions 4
SUR 245 Public Land System II 5
SUR 247 Emerging Technologies 3
SUR 248 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
SUR 249 Survey Research and Project Planning 3
SUR 251 Advanced Computer Applications 5
SUR 255 Global Navigation Satellite Systems 3
SUR 256 Land Development 3
SUR 257 Geodetic Surveying 4
SUR 281 Business Fundamentals and Ethics 2
  Total 42

Additional Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
  Field Surveying Technician Certificate 40
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 97

Program Outcomes

Field Surveying Technician:

  • Participate fully in field crew activities.
  • Be an effective team member.
  • Communicate effectively in written form.
  • Solve applied math problems.
  • Prepare complete field records.
  • Participate fully in data processing.

Land Surveying Technician:

  • Perform measurements using a 4-dimensional geodetic framework.
  • Analyze and adjust geospatial measurements to a professional standard.
  • Describe the surveyor's key role in locating land boundaries, occupation and title.
  • Practice a professional code of ethics.
  • Assemble and present geospatial information on a full variety of platforms.



External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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