About the Program
Online Land Surveying/Geomatics Degree Program
The online land surveying/geomatics bachelor degree program of applied science was co-developed by Great Basin College (GBC) and the Nevada Association of Land Surveyor’s Advisory Committee. The land surveying/geomatics program was implemented in response to the growing need for licensed professional surveyors in Nevada to capture, store, process, and manage spatial data. The four-year bachelor’s degree program in land surveying/geomatics has served Nevada students and distance learners from around the country effectively since its inception in 2005. The land surveying/geomatics program model is ideally structured for students who are employed (or seeking employment) in a surveying or geospatial related profession that require the flexibility and accessibility to coursework delivered outside the typical undergraduate learning environment.
Land Surveying/Geomatics Program Objectives
Graduates with a BAS with an emphasis in land surveying/geomatics will be able to:
• Proficiently apply sound measurement methods, mathematics, science, and surveying tools to collect, analyze, edit, and present spatial information in professional applications.
• Demonstrate competency in the fundamentals and applications of land surveying, and the acquisition and management of spatial data.
• Develop a sound background in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, to function in multicultural and diverse environments by meeting or exceeding ABET and GBC’s BAS general education requirements.
• Provide fundamentals in business management to enable graduates to understand business environments and decision-making processes.
• Convey spatial information in graphical, textual, and verbal forms as an individual or as a collaborating member of a professional team.
• Prepare graduates to take and pass the Fundamentals of Land Surveying examination developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
• Enter professional employment in land surveying/geomatics in the state of Nevada, other states, or countries covered by appendix 1603.D.1 of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
• Satisfy the educational requirements for licensure required by NRS.625.270 as a professional land surveyor in Nevada.
• Recognize the benefit for life-long learning by participating in continuing education as students or as instructors.
Online Land Surveying/Geomatics Program Instruction
The web-based curriculum for the surveying/geomatics bachelor of applied science degree delivers complete online instruction in land surveying, mapping, GIS for surveyors, least squares adjustment, photogrammetry and remote sensing techniques, the public land survey system, legal descriptions, geodetic and GPS surveying, construction surveying, mine surveying, advanced boundary analysis, and a land surveying/geomatics capstone project. Students engage in various activities designed to collect and analyze spatial data using surveying tools, multiple software packages, and data management techniques including: total stations, levels, satellite imagery, and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) data. Specific software packages that are used in the instruction include; Carlson Survey, Trimble Business Center, ArcInfo, and Mathcad. Our learners also study advanced topics in the United States Public Land Survey System, as well as the legal principles related to land surveying. In addition, the learner produces engineering-related surveying/geomatic projects to prepare maps, plots, and plans depicting boundary, topography, ground control, flight lines, and control network designs. Using high-precision optical and electromechanical instruments and global positioning data from satellites, the students are responsible for interpreting and formulating the spatial information and then calculating precise and accurate geospatial solutions.
Land Surveying/Geomatics Program Mentors
The applied science land surveying/geomatics program coordinates with surveying and geomatic mentors (who must be licensed in the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean, or a state/provincial/federal license that meets the minimum education requirements or alternative credentials under appendix 1603.D.1 of the North American Free Trade Agreement) to assist qualified students gain the laboratory portion of their classical survey fundamentals. Laboratory fieldwork in classical survey fundamentals (delivered in the two lower division survey courses) is required to gain a four-year baccalaureate degree in land surveying/geomatics. Additional information about the surveying mentoring program or laboratories and field courses offered at Great Basin College can be addressed by contacting the land surveying/geomatics program advisor.
Land Surveying/Geomatics Program Capstone
The land surveying/geomatics capstone course is designed to exhibit the application of program and course objectives in which the student develops a successful surveying/geomatics project involving, but not limited to, boundary surveying, mortgage surveys, topographic surveying, construction surveying, hydrographic and bathymetric surveys, deformation surveys, site plan surveys, as-built surveys, ALTA/ACSM surveys, underground surveying, wetland delineation surveys, flood elevation surveys, telecommunication surveys, ariel surveys, geodetic surveying, and sub-surface surveys.
Silver State Land Surveying/Geomatics NSPS-NALS Student Chapter
This organization is formed for the betterment of students at Great Basin College of the Nevada State Higher Education System. The chapter is open to any student enrolled through Great Basin College. Activities in the organization include: fundraising, community and campus service projects, and activities for the enjoyment of its members and the students of the Great Basin College and as such provides access for students to Statewide and National professional activities.
Land Surveying/Geomatics Program Accreditation
The land surveying/geomatics bachelors program has been accepted to meet the educational requirements for licensure in Nevada and many other states. The potential student must check with the licensure board of your state to verify that the GBC online land surveying/geomatics baccalaureate degree program will meet the educational requirement for licensure. This program may not fulfill all licensure requirements in every state.
Land Surveying/Geomatics Careers
Surveying is the art and science of measuring the physical features of the earth using specialized equipment and procedures to obtain results that meet the specifications of clients. Career opportunities in surveying are available with firms engaged in surveying/mapping, civil engineering, resource management, mining and others; as well as diverse opportunities within the federal, state, and local government agencies. Specific job titles may include: City Planner, Wetlands Delineation and Resource Management Specialist, Flood Plain Manager, Construction Surveyor, Department of Transportation Surveyor, Mining Surveyor, Onshore/Offshore oil and gas extraction and exploration Surveyor, Certified Photogrammetrist, Certified Geodesist , Geospatial Analyst, Advanced Imaging and Mapping Specialist, Computer Aided Drafting Professional, US Forest Service Federal Surveyor, Bureau of Land Management Federal Surveyor,United States Geological Federal Surveyor, and a National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Analyst.
Land Surveying/Geomatics Program
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway, HTC 130
Elko, Nevada (USA) 89801
Phone: (775) 753-2344
- The Online Land Surveying/Geomatics degree program is currently accepting new applications for spring 2015.
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Byron Calkins: Program Advisor (775) 753-2344, byron.calkins(a)gbcnv.edu
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