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Civil & Surveying Tech: Land Survey (AS) Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 45
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Term Effective: Summer 2004


The Civil and Surveying Technology: Land Surveying major prepares students for technical positions in the land surveying, mapping, land development and land planning professions.

Civil engineering and land surveying are the oldest, largest and most diverse disciplines of the engineering profession. The Civil and Surveying Technician with a land surveying emphasis may help plan, develop, layout, map and maintain: public works, land development, and transportation projects, horizontal and vertical control networks, and land and geographic information systems.

Employment is available in surveying, mapping, land planning, plan checking and review, project administration and management. The land surveying and mapping professions continue to offer excellent employment opportunities. Opportunities are available in both public service and private enterprise, offering a wide range of career opportunities to satisfy individual interests, aptitudes, and goals. Employers generally report that it is very difficult to find applicants who meet their hiring standards. This indicates a very good outlook for qualified job seekers.

The Civil & Surveying Technician may choose a land surveying, planning or mapping occupational path. Regardless of the choice of discipline, the career ladder is very similar. Some firms or agencies have more than one discipline represented.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. For students interested in a Certificate of Achievement, a Civil and Surveying Technology: Land Surveying certificate is available.

The following is an example of the career path for the Civil & Surveying Technology Major: Land Surveying Emphasis. Note that some positions require licensing or certification by the state, not just a degree or certificate of completion.

Land Surveying Career Ladder

  • Principle Land Surveyor (Owner or Principle in company, Professional Land Surveyor License)
  • Land Surveying Coordinator/Manager (Supervisor, PLS License)
  • Associate Land Surveyor (Licensed Lead Person, PLS, Office or Field positions)
  • Assistant Land Surveyor (Lead Person, Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) Certificate, Office or Field positions)
  • Land Surveying Technician I, II, III (Certificate of Completion from SRJC and experience, Office or Field positions)
  • Land Surveying Aide (Part time employees without certificate)

Mapping Career Ladder

  • GIS Manager (Supervisor, experience and 4 year degree or advanced degree)
  • GIS Analyst (Lead person, experience and 4 year degree)
  • GIS Technician I, II, III (Certificate of Completion from SRJC and experience)
  • Map Drafting Technician (Certificate of Completion from SRJC and experience)

Urban Planning Career Ladder

  • Principle Planner
  • Associate Planner
  • Assistant Planner
  • Planning Technician
  • Plan Check Technician

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Civil & Surveying Tech: Land Survey (AS) program are:

  • Complete 45 units from
    • Civil and Surveying Technology Core Requirements
    • Land Surveying Emphasis Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Civil and Surveying Technology Core Requirements - complete 26.00 units
APTECH 54AIntroduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)2.00
APTECH 55Basic Drafting Skills1.50
APTECH 56Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
CEST 51Map Drafting Techniques3.00
CEST 192Non-Technical Skills for the Civil Engineering Technician1.50
CEST 50APlane Surveying4.00
CEST 50BPlane Surveying4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
APTECH 90AApplied Mathematics4.00
MATH 155Intermediate Algebra4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
APTECH 90BQuantitative Reasoning in Applied Technology4.00
MATH 27College Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
Land Surveying Emphasis Requirements - complete 18.00 units
CEST 53Route Surveying & Design4.00
CEST 55Principles and Applications of Control & Astronomic Surveys2.00
CEST 59ABoundary Control & Legal Principles3.00
CEST 59BBoundary Control & Legal Principles3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
APTECH 54B ORAdvanced ArcView2.00
APTECH 57 ORAdvanced AutoCAD3.00
CEST 63 ORSubdivision Planning3.00
CEST 81 OREngineering Construction Design/Drafting3.00
CEST 85 ORCivil Engineering Computer-Aided Design/Drafting3.00
CEST 98 ORSpecial Studies in Civil & Surveying Technology1.00-3.00
CEST 99I OROccupational Work Experience-Intern Program1.00-8.00
CIS 61.31 AND
Using Microsoft Excel3.00
CIS 61.33 ORMore Microsoft Excel3.00
CIS 69.31 AND
Microsoft Access3.00
CIS 69.33 ORAdvanced Access3.00
Introduction to Project Organization and Management1.50
CONS 70B ORProject Organization and Management1.50
NRM 52 ORPark and Woodland Surveying3.00
NRM 76 ORUse of Aerial Photos in Forestry3.00
NRM 87 ORGeographic Information Systems Appl in Natural Resources3.00
NRM 280.26 ORGlobal Positioning Systems1.00
CEST 52Photogrammetry3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00
LIR 110Finding and Using Information1.00

Term Effective: Summer 2004

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2010

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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