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Civil and Architectural Engineering|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Land Surveying Courses and Descriptions

ES 1061 - Engineering Problem Solving with Spreadsheets (Spring)

Syllabus
1 credit hour
An introduction to engineering problem solving through the use of computer spreadsheets. Topics include functions, referencing, conditional statements, graphs, trendlines and iterative solvers.
Prerequisite: MATH 1400 or MATH 1450 or ACT Math Score of 25 or Math Placement Exam score of 4.

LS 2010 (CE 2072) - Engineering Surveying Lecture (Fall)

Syllabus
2 Credit Hours
Principles of measurements of distances, elevation and angles.  Basic error theory in measurement and calculations.  Basic principles of surveying and map making.
Prerequisites: A working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.

 

LS 2020 (CE 2090) - GPS for Land Surveyors (Spring)

Syllabus
4 Credit Hours
From fundamental theory to practical application and advanced technologies, this class covers all aspects of GPS needed to understand and use GPS as a land surveyor including the basics of GPS technology, common hardware, surveying methods, survey design, planning and observing, real-time kinematics and DGPS.
Prerequisite: LS 2400.

 

LS 2100 (CE 2076) - Records Research for Surveyors (Spring)

Syllabus
3 Credit Hours
Introduced to the public, quasi-public, and private depositories of recorded and non-recorded documents that establish land ownership boundaries, easement boundaries, and land use rights and restrictions in both the Public Land Survey System and the Colonial States. Assignments will require work to be conducted during depositories' normal business hours.
Prerequisites: none.

 

LS 2110 (CE 2050) – Real Property Law (Spring)

Syllabus
Covers all major areas of real property law, including the nature of real property, types of ownership, real estate contracts, title and insurance, financing, landlord and tenant, land use, environmental law and regulation. An understanding of real property law is fundamental to understanding boundary law.
Prerequisites: none.

 

LS 2400 (CE 2089) – Basic Geodesy for Today’s Land Surveyor (Fall)

Syllabus
2 Credit Hours
The history of geodesy including measurement techniques, coordinate systems, ellipsoids, and datums is reviewed.  The modern geodetic and Cartesian coordinates systems, as well as the differences between grid and ground coordinates systems, and the current geodetic and Cartesian coordinate systems available today are discussed.
Prerequisites: CE 2070 or LS 2010.

 

LS 2410 (CE 2083) – GIS in Surveying (Spring)

Syllabus
3 Credit Hours
Covers the basic concepts of geographic information systems, the methods and software used to implement them, and their applications to surveying and analysis of other surveying problems. Prerequisites: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and ES 1060 or ES 1061.

 

LS 3100 (CE 2088) – Real Property Descriptions (Fall)

Syllabus
2 Credit Hours
Historical and current issues for land description writing and usage for the practicing surveyor. Relationship between written descriptions and field survey data, interpreting old descriptions and the structure principles of description.
Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and LS 2100 and LS 2110.

 

LS 3110 (CE 3750) – Boundary Evidence (Spring)

Syllabus
2 Credit Hours
A practical and working guide to understanding survey evidence and the laws of boundary location for efficient, accurate boundary determination. This material aids in the elimination of errors in location of land boundaries. The surveyor's liability and statutes of limitations are explored in depth. Also included are discussions of the surveyor's role in court.
Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and LS 2110.

 

LS 3120 (CE 3740) – Boundary Principles (Summer)

Syllabus
2 Credit Hours
This course in boundary law addresses the fundamental principles of real property as applied to land surveying and related professions. Discussion and applications center on practical situations and concepts commonly encountered while conducting boundary surveys and the determination of the extent of ownership rights. Students explore the scope of the surveyors' judiciary role in real property ownership.
Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and LS 2100 and LS 2110.

 

LS 3130 (CE 2085) – Public Land Surveys (Spring & Summer)

Syllabus
3 Credit Hours
Basic fundamentals of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), dependent and independent resurveys, survey plats, "bono fide rights", riparian boundaries, non-rectangular entities, corner evidence and the role of the modern day surveyor.
Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and LS 2110.

 

LS 3200 (CE 3710) – Route Surveying (Even Numbered Years - Spring & Fall, Odd Numbered Years - Summer)

Syllabus
3 Credit Hours
Principles of route location and design. The theory of circular, parabolic and spiral curves; highway and railway geometric design; area and volumes of earthwork; and mass diagrams.
Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and ES 1060 or ES 1061.

 

LS 3210 (CE 3720) – Advanced Surveying (Even Numbered Years – Summer, Odd Numbered Years – Spring & Fall)

Syllabus
4 Credit Hours
Advanced topics in surveying computations and procedures, including traverse error analysis, topographic surveying, mapping, astronomical observations, coordinate geometry applications, introduction to geodesy, state plane coordinates and concepts of least squares analysis of survey adjustments.
Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010.

 

 

LS3300 (CE 2074) - Ethics for the Professional Surveyor (Spring)

Syllabus
1 Credit Hour
Introduction to the common ethical and moral issues facing professional surveyors in modern practice.
Prerequisite: One of LS 3110, LS 3120, or LS 3130.

 

 

LS 4110 (CE 4700) – Coastal Water Boundaries (Odd Numbered Years – Fall)

Syllabus
3 Credit Hours
The physical and legal issues involved with property rights of lands abutting tidal waters, a review of the Public Land Survey System, the Submerged Lands Act and the Swamp and Overflowed Lands Act. Includes case law research.
Prerequisites: LS 3110, LS 3120.

 

LS 4120 (CE 4730) – Inland Water boundaries (Even Numbered Years – Spring)

Syllabus
3 Credit Hours
Introduces the physical and legal issues involved in locating property rights associated with lands that abut non-tidal, navigable and non-navigable rivers and lakes.  The property rights which attach to, as well as the limitations placed on these riparian parcels will be examined and discussed with respect to statutory, administrative and case law.
Prerequisite: LS 4110.

 

LS 4130 (CE 4740) – Advanced Public Lands (Fall)

Syllabus
4 Credit Hours
Advanced topics in situations and problems in the Public Land Survey system, with discussion of major court cases involving everyday applications to surveyors. 1975 BLM casebook and other sources of survey reference.
Prerequisites: LS 3120 and LS 3130.

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