SLCC General Catalog

Geomatics (Surveying) AAS

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
69 credits minimum

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Program Description

The surveying, or geomatics, program serves three distinct purposes:

  1. Provides students who have little or no experience in the field the skills needed for employment as a surveyor;
  2. Gives those already working in the profession additional knowledge needed to prepare for their professional licensing examinations;
  3. Gives licensed professionals’ opportunities for upgrade training on new issues and equipment in surveying.

A “C” grade or better is required in all geomatics program courses.

Career Technician Certification

SLCC is an approved National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Certified Surveying Technician (CST) Proctor Site.

Transfer/Articulation Information

Students have the option to continue at Utah Valley University in the Geomatics bachelor degree program.

Estimated Time to Completion

If a student follows the proposed sample schedule outline, time to completion is four semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

SVT 1110

Surveying Math I

4

A

MATH 1060 or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1010

Elem Effective Comm

3

A

OR

 

 

 

COMM 1020

Prin Public Speaking

3

A

Human Relations (HR) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

LE 1220

Human Relations

3

A

Distribution Areas: 3 Credits

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

Required Courses: (47 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

*EDDT 1040

Intro to CAD

3

A

 

*EDDT 1420

Basic Microstation

2

A

 

*EDDT 2190

Civil Drafting

2

F, Sp

EDDT 1040, EDDT 1420

ENGL 2100

Technical Writing

3

A

ENGL 1010

GEOG 1800

Geospatial Tech

3

A

 

**SVT 1010

Intro to Surveying

1

A

 

**SVT 1030

Survey Field Tech I

3

F, Sp

SVT 1110 or MATH 1060

**SVT 1120

Surveying Math II

4

Sp

SVT 1110

SVT 2020

Public Land Survey

3

Sp

SVT 1030, SVT 1120

**SVT 2030

Survey Field Tech II

3

F, Sp

SVT 1030

**SVT 2040

Control Surveys

3

F

SVT 1120

**SVT 2050

Legal Description

3

A

ENGL 2100, SVT 1120, SVT 2020 or all concurrently

**SVT 2060

Ethics & Liability

2

A

 

**SVT 2110

Photogrammetry

3

Sp

SVT 1110

**SVT 2160

Land Boundary Law I

2

F

 

**SVT 2170

Land Boundary Law II

2

Sp

Recommended: SVT 2160

**SVT 2200

Public Records

2

Sp

SVT 2050, 2160, 2170 or all concurrently

**SVT 2290

App Survey Drafting

3

F

EDDT 2190, SVT 1030

*Credit may be granted for equivalent experience or courses; challenge tests available

**Credit may be granted for equivalent experience or courses; challenge tests available up to 16 credit hours

Program Electives: (Select 6 Credits From The Following)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

GEOG 1820

Applied GIS I

3

A

GEOG 1800 or instructor approval

GEOG 1780

Remote Sense Earth

3

F, Sp

 

SVT 2100

Land Development

3

F

SVT 1110

Sample Schedule

Students should complete the following courses to begin in the Fall:

EDDT 1040

3

 

 

GEOG 1800

3

 

 

MATH 1060

3

 

 

Total

9

 

 

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

EDDT 1420

2

ENGL 2100

3

EDDT 2190

2

LE 1220

3

ENGL 1010

3

SVT 1030

3

SVT 1010

1

SVT 1120

4

SVT 1110

4

SVT 2060

2

Distribution

3

SVT 2110

3

Total

15

Total

18

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

 

COMM 1010/1020

3

SVT 2020

3

SVT 2040

3

SVT 2030

3

SVT 2160

2

SVT 2050

3

SVT 2290

3

SVT 2170

2

ELEC

3

SVT 2200

2

 

 

ELEC

3

Total

14

Total

16

 

Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses (see summer term in sample schedule) should plan on extra time to complete the program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken and may require extra time to complete the program.

SVT courses are taught in the evening and on Friday and Saturday to accommodate students already working in the profession.  Courses available in an online format are: SVT 1010, SVT 2050, SVT 1110 and SVT 2060.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy
  8. Develop the attitudes and skills for lifelong wellness

Core Knowledge in Surveying

Successful students will demonstrate the ability to

  • demonstrate knowledge of surveying history
  • analyze how to apply units of measurement
  • determine the role of the surveyor
  • determine the fundamentals of surveying

Successful students will demonstrate the ability to

  • utilize the specialized formulas and mathematical functions
  • apply trigonometry and algebra
  • apply mathematical and analytical skills relating to an entry-level surveyor could be expected to perform

Successful students will demonstrate the ability to perform these various types of professional surveys and applications

  • Control
  • GPS, GIS, and Land Planning
  • Public lands
  • Construction and staking
  • Boundary

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Field Experience in Surveying

Successful students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Observe and apply safety precautions
  • Analyze environmental concerns

Successful students will demonstrate entry-level and hands-on applications and concepts, including:

  • the roles of surveying party members, including party Chief, Instrument Person, Rod-person, Note-keeper/sketcher, tape-person/safety spotter
  • the ability to perform and check mathematical calculations and operations
  • the ability to operate surveying equipment and instruments, including  automatic Total Stations, rods, auto-levels, plumb-bobs, high-accuracy RTK GPS,  automatic data collectors, etc
  • the ability to perform accurate field-note taking and records
  • the ability to work in teams and collaboration

1, 2, 5

Office Skills in Surveying

Successful students will demonstrate the ability to

  • use CAD and GIS as source data.
  • apply correct use of analytical and calculation tools.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the various interdisciplinary surveying applications of CAD and GIS in land development, drafting, and mapping.

Successful students will demonstrate and exhibit proficiency in

  • Public record research.
  • Writing legal descriptions of land parcels.

Successful students will demonstrate a sound knowledge and analysis using Photogrammetry, including

  • equipment
  • aerial geometry
  • stereoscopic viewing
  • map development

1, 2, 3, 4

Legal Knowledge and Skills in Surveying

Successful students will demonstrate understanding of the laws and standards regarding

  • surveying ethics.
  • surveying liability.

Successful students will demonstrate knowledge of

  • the history of U.S. boundary law.
  • applications of boundary law.
  • ownership and transfer of real property.
  • title rights and interests in land.
  • current statutory and case laws.
  • the surveyor’s role in unwritten boundary lines.
  • the surveyor’s role in legal proceedings.

1, 4, 5

Specialized Depth Electives in Surveying

Successful students will exhibit an acceptable knowledge of

  • applied GIS and software.
  • land development and planning

1

Department Contact Info

Division of Natural Sciences

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Science & Industry (SI) 341

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-4176

Geomatics (Surveying) Program

Academic Advisor
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Science & Industry (SI) 209
801-957-4858

Program Faculty

Associate Professor
and Program Contact

Walter M Cunningham

All Geomatics faculty are experienced and licensed professional land surveyors.