Land Surveyor Certificate

The Land Surveyor Certificate (C1_SRV1) is offered at LSC-Montgomery. For more information, please contact the Land Surveying Technology Department.

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Program Description

The land surveying & mapping technology program prepares students to enter a high-tech profession that uses state-of-the-art equipment to determine the location and measurement of improvements and other physical features on the earth's surface. Surveying is an integral component for land development by civil engineers, municipal planners, and the construction industry. As a land surveying and mapping technician, one may conduct projects that include boundary, control, hydrographic, photogrammetric and engineering design surveys, with a typical client base of engineers, architects, municipalities, real estate and land developers, along with federal, state and local transportation agencies, and the petrochemical industry.

The associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of at least 61 credit hours as outlined in the college catalog. Students desiring a less comprehensive program should consider either the 11 credit hour marketable skills award or the 33-36 credit hour certificate.

Each level of training prepares a student for different levels of certifications that are becoming highly valued by employers in the surveying industry. The marketable skills award prepares a student to take the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Level I Certification for the Survey Technician Certification. The 33-36 credit hour certificate prepares a student to take the NSPS Level II and Level III Certification for the Survey Technician. The associate of applied science degree prepares students to take either the NSPS Level IV Certification for the Survey Technician or with two years of experience, to take the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying (TBPLS) Surveyor-in-Training (S.I.T.) exam. If a student continues and completes a bachelor's degree (in any field) and has the required 2 years experience as an S.I.T., the student may sit for the Registered Professional Land Surveyor exam.

The general education core courses as well as several individual surveying and drafting courses will transfer to a variety of universities. Contact the divisional counselor for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses at (936) 273-7320.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
SRVY 1301 Introduction to Surveying 3
DFTG 1309 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting 3
SRVY 1413 Plane Surveying 4
SRVY 1441 Land Surveying 4

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
SRVY 2343 Surveying-Legal Principles I 3
SRVY 2313 Control Surveying 3
SRVY 1315 Surveying Calculations I 3
SRVY 1319 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
SRVY 1349 Surveying Calculations II 3
SRVY 1342 GPS Techniques for Surveying 3
SRVY1 2487 Internship OR 1-4
SRVY1 1171 Capstone Exam Review  

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for Land Surveyor Certificate:


  1. Capstone course