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B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology

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Surveying Engineering Technology is a discipline that applies modern technology to acquire data on, above, or below the surface of the Earth and our environment. Surveyors have often been best placed to provide geospatial information to support operations of other engineers, scientists, decision and policy makers, and other professionals.

Geospatial data is fundamental to the emerging digital twin market, and Surveying Engineering Technologists are best positioned to provide appropriate information by adopting appropriate field data acquisition procedures that ensure the best results in the required spatial reference frame for this technology. This career would be appropriate for students interested in, math, geography, working with computers, outdoor activities, problem solving, and working with other professionals.

The Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering Technology is designed to provide a pathway for graduates with Associate of Applied degrees in surveying and related disciplines to earn the bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the practical, scientific, and technical knowledge to make precise land-related measurements using traditional and modern surveying instruments to conduct boundary retracement, topographic mapping, and construction surveying. The curriculum includes several strategically selected subject areas of land surveying, photogrammetry, least squares adjustment, data analysis, geodesy, map projections and coordinate systems, and geographic information systems (GIS). These courses prepare students for positions in the federal, state, and local, governments, construction, and transportation industries. Graduates can go through the examination process to become licensed professional land surveyors in New Jersey and other states.

For more in-depth information, please visit the Surveying Engineering Technology page on the Engineering website.

Our program provides three pathways for students interested in this career:

  • High school students or those with no college credits
    Students interested in starting the program as a first-year begin the degree at Rowan College at South Jersey (RCSJ).

  • Those who possess an Associate's Degree in Surveying Engineering Technology
    Surveying technicians working in the field who have an Associate’s Degree in Surveying Engineering Technology can apply to the program as a degree completion or transfer student depending upon the amount of transferable credits.

  • Graduates with a Civil Engineering or related degree
    Those who already have an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, Geography, or other geospatial degrees and want to become a licensed land surveyor can apply for a second bachelor’s degree and must complete 30+ credits in the program depending on previous coursework. Transfer credit is available on a case-by-case basis.
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The B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology is a full-time or part-time program offered at our Rowan College at South Jersey campus and our Glassboro, NJ campus. Enrolling into this program would require completing coursework at both our Rowan College at South Jersey and Glassboro campuses. It requires the completion of 120 semester hours.

  • 120 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 96 S.H.
COMP 01111 College Composition I 3
COMP 01112 College Composition II 3
CMS 04205 Public Speaking 3
GEOG 16160 Intro to Mapping and GIS 3
PHIL 09150 Introduction to Ethics 3
MATH 01130 Calculus I 4
MATH 01122 Precalculus 4
CS 01102 Introduction to Programming 3
CS 04103 Computer Science and Programming 4
STAT 02260 Statistics I 3
MATH 01131 Calculus II 4
MATH 01210 Linear Algebra 3
SET 01103 CADD I 3
GEOG 16131 Principles of Earth Science 3
SET 01108 Introduction to Surveying 3
SET 01206 Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location 3
SET 01208 Route and Construction Surveying 3
SET 01209 Map Projections and Coordinate Systems 3
GEOG 16260 Fundamentals of GIS 4
SET 01302 Adjustment Computations 4
SET 01303 Boundaries and Adjacent Properties 3
SET 01305 Boundary Line Analysis 3
SET 01306 Large Scale Topographic Surveying 3
SET 01307 Photogrammetry 3
SET 01308 Surveying from Unmanned Aerial Systems 3
SET 01401 Geodetic Control Surveying 3
SET 01402 Professional Practice in Surveying 2
SET 01403 Fundamentals of Geodesy 3
SET 01404 Terrestrial Laser Scanning 3
SET 01405 Precise Positioning and Data Analysis 3
SET 01490 Capstone Project 4
Elective Courses: 24 S.H.
GLBL ----- Global Literacy Rowan Core Course  
SCIL ----- Scientific Literacy Rowan Core Course  
LIT ----- Broad-Based Literature Attribute  
WI ----- Writing Intensive Attribute  
RS ----- Rowan Seminar Attribute  
SET 01201 Codes Contracts and Specifications 3
SET 01207 Hydraulics 3
SET 01203 3-D Modeling 3
SET 01406 Parcel-Based Information Systems 3
GEOG 16261 Cartography 3
GEOG 16361 Geovisualization 3
GEOG 16365 Geospatial Measurement and Environmental Modeling 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.


  • Completed Application Form through our county college partner
  • Associate’s degree in Surveying Engineering Technology
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 in Associates of Applied Science
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