Land Surveying, Associate of Applied Science

This degree program prepares students for positions with surveying firms, government, and engineering/construction firms as office technicians performing data reduction, basic design, and computer-aided drafting.

Students who elect this curriculum and desire to transfer courses to a four-year institution should check with the program coordinator and/or an academic advisor. While many courses will transfer, certain specialized courses may not. Courses may be taken in any sequence as long as prerequisites are met. Some courses may be offered in alternate semesters only.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this degree option, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate standard techniques to locate and determine three dimensional coordinates of points on the ground using surveying instruments;
  2. describe the topographical features of points on the ground and provide three dimensional coordinates for these points with given precisions as determined by Federal, State, and Local accuracies and specifications;
  3. demonstrate how to incorporate positional information into effective written and oral communications;
  4. apply mathematical methods to interpret and refine field data to determine accuracy and precision of field data;
  5. solve problems incurred in conducting field surveys through legal and database searches;
  6. explain proper procedures used in determining three dimensional positions and show how these procedures comply with Federal, State, and Local specifications; and
  7. apply Federal, State, and Local Laws, Standards, and Regulations to guarantee the safe and proper management of Storm Water runoff during construction and land management use within Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60-61*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

This degree program prepares students for positions with surveying firms, government, and engineering/construction firms as office technicians performing data reduction, basic design, and computer aided drafting.

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinators

CCBC Catonsville, Scott Jeffrey
443-840-5936 or

Additional Information:

  • Statewide Program (The Land Surveying Certificate is not designated as a statewide program.)
  • Classes offered only at the Catonsville campus
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Survey Technology, see Portfolio. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements - While there are no program-specific agreements, see other types of agreements such as guaranteed admission, block transfer, and discounts.

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 18-19 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose one 3-credit Diversity course from the list of approved General Education courses. 

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.

Program Requirements and Electives - 42 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Select one course.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.