Surveying Engineering Technology
Administered By: Department of Engineering Technology, (973) 596-3228, email:

Chairperson Rockland
Coordinator lpotts

Chairperson Ronald H. Rockland
Coordinator Laramie Potts

    Surveying involves activities such as mapping the earth above and below sea level;  determining the position of the boundaries of public or private land including national and international boundaries; providing geospatial information necessary for the construction of private and public works; designing, establishing and administering of land and geographic information systems (LIS/GIS) and the integration of the data within those systems; positioning and monitoring of physical features, structures and engineering works; planning, development and re-development of property whether urban or rural; determining facts about the size, shape and gravity field of the earth; conducting hydrographic surveys for marine and coastal infrastructure development; and  conducting high precision measurements for worldwide control networks and for industrial applications and scientific studies. The surveyor utilizes a wide variety of techniques and equipment on the job. Some of the equipment is terrestrial-based, other equipment is air- and space-borne.

    The Surveying Engineering Technology (SET) curriculum stresses the technical, theoretical and legal aspects of surveying. Technical surveying courses include theory and application of Global Position Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Law or Law-related courses are integrated into the program in order to impart to students the legal knowledge and legal responsibility of a land surveyor.

    This program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET),  Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Professional Engineer’s examination in New Jersey with the appropriate experience, as determined by the New Jersey Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. (   Graduates of the program are also eligible to pursue graduate degrees in Geodesy, Remote Sensing, and Mapping and students may participate in the BS/MS Program ( 

    The full four-year curriculum for the program is shown below.  Students who wish to enter the program as a transfer student are typically students with an AAS. degree in Civil or Construction Engineering Technology or Computer Science and should have completed most or all of the courses, or their equivalents, in the first two years of the program as shown below.  In the case of all students, both four-year and transfer, a minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation.

Program Educational Objectives:

1) Graduates will become licensed surveyors and/or GIS specialists.

2) Graduates will be able to take on supervisory roles in their firms.  Some graduates will start their own surveying practice.

3) Graduates will be able to apply and expand upon their undergraduate-level surveying preparation.  This will be accomplished through continuing education and becoming involved in regional and national professional societies such as NJSPLS and ACSM.

Student Outcomes:

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of their disciplines to broadly-defined engineering technology activities

b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes

d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives

e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team 

f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems

g. an ability to apply written, oral and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development

i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity

j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

l. an ability to utilize modern measurement technologies to acquire spatial data,

m. an ability to utilize industry-standard software to solve technical problems,

n. an ability to apply technical concepts to the design and implementation of measurement systems to meet project requirements,

o. an ability to design and implement procedures, and analyze data for conformance with precision and accuracy requirements, and

p. an ability to carry out or supervise surveying activities and processes such as measurements, positioning, mapping, boundary determination, and geographic/land information systems.

B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology (SET) (Information or Technology Concentration) 128 credits 11
B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology (SET) (Information or Technology Concentration) (128 credits)
1st Semester

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load.

cs113,hum101,math111,phys111,phys111a,{Elective;Introduction to Information /Technology) (3-0-3},frshsem,
  CS 113Introduction to Computer Science (3-0-3)
  HUM 101English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I (3-0-3)
  Math 111Calculus I (4-1-4)
  Phys 111Physics I (3-0-3)
  Phys 111APhysics I Laboratory (0-2-1)
  Elective (Introduction to Information /Technology) (3-0-3) 
  Frsh SemFreshman Seminar (1-0-0)
2nd Semester ce200,ce200a,hum102,math112,phys121,phys121a,{Elective;Intro. to CAD) (1-2-2}
  CE 200Surveying (3-0-3)
  CE 200ASurveying Laboratory (0-3-1)
  HUM 102English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II (3-0-3)
  Math 112Calculus II (4-1-4)
  Phys 121Physics II (3-0-3)
  Phys 121APhysics II Laboratory (0-2-1)
  Elective (Intro. to CAD) (1-2-2) 
1st Semester
set301,mgmt290,{Elective;Math) (3-0-3},{Hum/Hist;Cultural History) (3-0-3[p4]},{Phys Ed;Physical Education) (0-1-1}
  SET 301Route Surveying (Surveying III) (3-3-4)
  Mgmt 290Business Law I (3-0-3)
  Elective (Math) (3-0-3) 
  Hum/Hist (Cultural History) (3-0-3) 
  Phys Ed (Physical Education) (0-1-1) 
Concentration Elective {cs114|{Elective;Technology/Engineering;3-0-3}}
 CS 114Introduction to Computer Science II (3-0-3) or
 Elective (Technology/Engineering) (3-0-3) 
2nd Semester set207,math305,econ201,{Hum/Hist;Cultural History) (3-0-3},{Elective;CAD Application;3-0-3[p1]},{Phys Ed;Physical Education) (0-1-1}
  SET 207Evidence and Procedures for Property Surveys (3-0-3)
  Math 305Statistics for Technology (3-0-3)
  Econ 201Economics (3-0-3)
  Hum/Hist (Cultural History) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (CAD Application) (3-0-3) 
  Phys Ed (Physical Education) (0-1-1) 
1st Semester
  SET 304Adjustment Computations I (4-0-4)
  SET 307Boundaries and Adjacent Properties (3-0-3)
  CE 321Water Resources Engineering (3-0-3)
  Eng 352Technical Writing (3-0-3)
Concentration Elective {cs431|{Elective;Technology/Engineering;3-0-3}}
 CS 431Database System Design and Management (3-0-3) or
 Elective (Technology/Engineering) (3-0-3) 
2nd Semester set407,set404,set420,{Elective;Lit/Hist/Phil/STS:GUR;3-0-3},{Elective;Science Elective;3-0-3}
  SET 407Boundary Line Analysis (3-3-4)
  SET 404Adjustment Computations II (4-0-4)
  SET 420Geographic/Land Information Systems (3-3-4)
  Elective (Lit/Hist/Phil/STS:GUR) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Science Elective) (3-0-3) 
1st Semester
  SET 302Geodetic Control Surveying (Surveying IV) (3-3-4)
  SET 303Photogrammetry and Aerial Photo Interpretation (3-3-4)
  Elective (Technical) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Open) (3-0-3) 
2nd Semester set401,set440,set490,{Elective;Mangement:GUR;3-0-3},{Elective;Capstone Seminar:GUR;3-0-3}
  SET 401Fundamentals of Geodesy (Surveying V) (3-0-3)
  SET 440Land Development (2-3-3)
  SET 490Senior Project in Surveying (2-0-2)
  Elective (Mangement:GUR) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Capstone Seminar:GUR) (3-0-3) 


Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science GUR: Students must take one 300-level course from any of the following fields: English (Eng); history (Hist); literature (Lit); philosophy (Phil); science, technology, and society (STS); social science (SS); or theater (Thtr). Students also may satisfy this requirement with an approved 300-level course at Rutgers-Newark. The department recommends engineering technology majors take Eng 352 to fulfill this requirement.

Lit/Hist/Phil/STS GUR: Students must take one 300-level course from any of the following fields: literature; history; philosophy; or science, technology, and society (STS); or an approved 300-level course at Rutgers-Newark.

Capstone Seminar in Humanities and Social Science GUR: All students must take one HSS 400 level capstone course.CAD Elective: MET 103, CE 260.Math Elective: Math 337 Linear Algebra recommended. Other acceptable electives;

Math 213, 226, 240, 337, or 247.

Science Elective: Geology or Chemistry or Biology.

Suggested Technical Electives:

  • SET 280 � Marine Surveying

  • SET 403 � Remote Sensing for Geomatics

Other Technical/Engineering Elective: Civil/Environmental/Engineering, Construction Engineering Technology, Computer courses


Catalog and curricula information approved by the relevant academic department.