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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Surveying, AAS

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This program is designed to prepare students to enter the land surveying profession as surveying technicians, instrument persons, drafters, and/or office technicians. The philosophy of the program is that all students are potentially seeking their professional land surveyors license. Success in the surveying program requires an above average proficiency in math and strong English skills. Graduates of the Surveying program will:

  • Be able to function in field work activities including operating current instrumentation, searching for field evidence, taking and reducing field notes, and staking construction projects and boundary monumentation;
  • Be able to function in office activities including calculator operations, computer data entry and analysis, manual and computer drafting of various survey-related drawings, and records research;
  • Possess sufficient background knowledge and skills to enter a geographic information system entry-level position; and
  • Possess sufficient theoretical and practical surveying knowledge to sit for the Land Surveyor Intern exam.

Required Courses

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 71-72

1Another math sequence, which includes coursework through Calculus, may be substituted.

2Another physical science class may be substituted with advisor approval.

3Advisor may waive this course requirement with proof of competence in MS Office.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Additional Professional Development Program Offering:

Program Information

  • This program meets the educational requirements for licensing set by the Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
  • Success in the surveying program requires an above average proficiency in math and strong English skills.  A minimum grade of “C-” must be achieved in all required surveying and math courses.
  • Out-of-state students from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah,  Washington and Wyoming are eligible to apply for reduced tuition under the terms of the Western Undergraduate  Exchange (WUE). Contact the Admissions Office at (406) 756-3851 for details.
  • Students lacking a proficient background in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and/or English, will be advised to complete the survey degree program in three years. A typical first year of this three-year program is shown below:

First Year

First Semester Total: 13

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 10-19

Opportunities After Graduation

  • Upon completion of this degree, the Land Surveyor Intern (LSI) exam can be taken.  In Montana, an additional six years of experience under the supervision of a licensed surveyor is required before the actual licensing (LS) exam can be taken. Students seeking to become licensed in other states should verify specific state educational and experience requirements.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                               
Russ Lamson Dave Dorsett, B.A., B.S.
LRC 129 RH 164
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3913


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