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Land Surveying and Geomatics Application Deadline

The Online Land Surveying/Geomatics degree program is currently accepting new applications for Fall 2024. All transcripts and applications must be submitted by July 1, 2024, to enroll in the Fall 2024 semester!


Program Advisory Board


“Being employed full time and with a family, the desire to advance my career as a Professional Land Surveyor had been weighing on me for some time. Due to the fact that many states are requiring some education before I am allowed to take their licensure exam, I needed to obtain my degree. I searched online for any University that could help me achieve my required education without sacrificing my job and my family. I came across the surveying program at Great Basin College (GBC) and found that it was an ideal solution for me. After I received approval from my state board of licensure, I began my college courses at GBC. Now with several years of the program completed, I am on my way to getting my degree and soon my licensure.”

- Norman, NM

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Online Land Surveying / Geomatics Degree Program

Program Mission Statement

The Land Surveying and Geomatics program (LSG) is committed to addressing the disparate and constantly changing needs of students - throughout Nevada and beyond - who are preparing for a geomatics career. Great Basin aims to deliver a high quality and relevant educational experience that prepares LSG students for professional success.

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 Female Surveyor works waterside to: 

  • Proficiently apply sound measurement methods, mathematics, science, and surveying tools to collect, analyze, and edit 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.
  • 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 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 and recognize the benefit of life-long learning by participating in continuing education as students or as instructors.

New AS Program

Online Land Surveying/Geomatics Associate of Science Degree

The online Land Surveying/Geomatics (LSG) Associate of Science degree program is designed to matriculate traditional and non-traditional learners, who have limited post-secondary education, directly into a professional degree-seeking program of study. The Associate of Science in Land Surveying and Geomatics prepares the student for entry-level positions in surveying/mapping, civil engineering, resource management, and mining; as well as diverse technical opportunities within federal, state, and local government agencies. In addition to gaining technical employment, the program is also intended to provide a seamless pathway into the Bachelor of Applied Science’s (BAS) Land Surveying and Geomatics program.

Program Objectives:

  • 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.
  • Prepare graduates for the Land Surveying/Geomatics Bachelor of Applied Science program or technical geospatial employment.

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.

Surveyor working with equipment graphic.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 Surveyor, Bureau of Land Management Surveyor, and a National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Analyst.

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For More Information Contact

Byron Calkins: Program Advisor 775.327.2206,

Land Surveying/Geomatics Program 
Great Basin College 
1500 College Parkway, HTC 130 
Elko, Nevada (USA) 89801 
Phone: 775.327.2206
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