Oct 22, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Surveying and Mapping Science Major, B.S.


Department Information


Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology and Surveying
PO Box 70552
213 Wilson Wallis Hall
Phone: (423) 439-7822
Fax-Admin: (423) 439-7830
Fax-Faculty: (423) 439-7750

Web address: https://www.etsu.edu/cbat/applieddesign/default.php

Dr. Keith Johnson, Dept Chair
Email: johnsonk@etsu.edu

The Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying, a unit of the College of Business and Technology [CBAT], is one of the largest and most academically diverse units of East Tennessee State University. The Department offers undergraduate degree programs in numerous concentrations, undergraduate minors in two areas, and graduate degree programs in three concentrations. Additionally, there are many majors and/or programs that are available through the Academic Common Market allowing out-of-state students to enroll at ETSU at in-state tuition rates.

The department’s administrative and faculty offices are housed in Wilson-Wallis Hall. https://www.etsu.edu/cbat/applieddesign/contactus.php

Work done for an Associate Degree will not substitute for 4xxx level work.


Surveying and Mapping is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

It is designed to meet the following objectives and outcomes. Within two to four years, graduates of the program will:

Be prepared to successfully pursue their professional career objectives in a land surveying and mapping-related field.
Students at graduation will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly-defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
  7. Successfully Complete the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam.

Students in Surveying and Mapping Science pursue coursework leading to professional land surveying practice. Core courses include plane, geodetic, and boundary surveying. By taking a core of 74 credits in surveying related courses, students are well-prepared for future licensing and professional-level positions with surveying and engineering firms, government service, utility companies, and related industries.

Transfer Policy


All non-technology coursework such as English, mathematics, and science is evaluated for transfer by an analyst in the Office of Admissions. All technology coursework submitted for transfer will be analyzed by the department chair or the appropriate program coordinator. The following criteria apply:

  1. Coursework must have been taken at a regionally accredited two- or four-year institution.
  2. Coursework must be equivalent to an ETSU course; if not, it will count as elective credit.
  3. Only coursework for which a grade of C (2.0) or higher was earned will be accepted for transfer credit for courses in English, mathematics, science, and technology.
  4. No associate degree coursework will be accepted for Engineering Technology coursework at the 4xxx level.

Upon admission, the transfer student may consult the corresponding academic advisor for an agreement listing the coursework that must be successfully completed by the student.

Students contemplating the transfer of their technology-based associate degree should read the policy statement regarding transfer student admissions elsewhere in this catalog and confer with the corresponding academic advisor with the Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying.

Degree Requirements: 128 credits


General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 86 credits
     Major Core    (74 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (12 credits)
TOTAL 128 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: SUVM-BS   


General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in the General Education Requirements:

Total Requirements for Surveying and Mapping Major: 86 credits


Surveying and Mapping Major Core Requirements: 74 credits


Advisor Approved Electives: 12 credits


  • Twelve (12) credits must be taken from an approved list on file with the department. No course on the list can be double counted toward a disciple core course or General Education requirement. Students are expected to package these electives together in a way that fits their unique career goal.

Choose from: ACCT 2000 , ACCT 2010 , ASTR 3415 , COBH 2030 COMM 3310 , COMM 3380 , COMM 3390 , COMM 4346 , COMM 4350 , COMM 4356 , CSCI 2020 , CSCI 2100 , ENTC 1110 , ENTC 2038 ENTC 2060 , ENTC 2160 , ENTC 2170 , ENTC 2410 , ENTC 2420 , ENTC 3010 , ENTC 3020 , ENTC 3400 , ENTC 3410 , ENTC 3420 , ENTC 3430 , ENTC 3620 , ENTC 4227 , ENTC 4417 , ENTC 4440 , ENTC 4777 , ENVH 3040 , ENVH 3100 , ENVH 3700 , FNCE 3120 , FNCE 4350 , GEOG 2500 , GEOG 3090 , GEOG 3600 , GEOG 4200 , GEOG 4237 , GEOG 4317 , GEOL 1040 /GEOL 1041 , GEOL 3481 GEOS 4587 , GEOS 4617 MATH 2050 MGMT 3000 , MGMT 3220 , MGMT 3310 , MKTG 3200 , PHIL 3050 , PHIL 3150 , PHIL 4017 PMGT 3100 , PMGT 4107 PSCI 3200 , or SURV 4957 .

No Minor Required


Additional Information


Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.