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Land surveying and geomatics involves the scientific process of measuring the three-dimensional aspects on, above and below the earth's surface. This includes measurement of distance, angles and elevations.

In this program, students learn the fundamental measuring techniques and the associated mathematical and analytical principles to determine geospatial locations. They also become familiar with professional tools such as computer aided drafting and geographical information systems. Students learn the statute and common law roots of boundary law, as well as how to apply those laws to interpret boundaries, and the importance of accurate record research.

Graduates with either the AAS or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Land Surveying and Geomatics meet the educational requirements required by Colorado statute and the Colorado Board of Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors to sit for the fundamentals of surveying examination. Passing of of this examination makes students eligible to be a land surveyor intern and to sit for the state specific examination for licensure as a professional land surveyor in Colorado.

Why choose land surveying and geomatics at WCCC?

WCCC is the only college in Colorado where students can earn an AAS degree in land surveying and geomatics.

Students learn land surveying and geomatics fundamentals and attain skills in:

  • Conventional and robotic surveying equipment
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Computer aided drafting (CAD) tools, spreadsheets and other computerized analytical tools
  • Higher level mathematical concepts including analytical geometry, upper level algebra, calculus and statistics
  • Statue and common law roots of Boundary Law
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations

The Land Surveying and Geomatics program prepares students to use equipment that is an integral part of land development for engineering, construction and planning projects. Students learn to measure elevations, use equipment to measure on or below the surface of the earth and use technology to process data. Through this program, students will gain the knowledge that is needed for state certification.

Academic Requirements for Associate of Applied Science in Land Surveying and Geomatics

WCCC/CMU have a post-baccalaureate certificate offered online, which allows individuals across Colorado – and in surrounding states – to complete 20 hours of surveying-specific course work. This course work is combined with an internship/capstone project that equates to an additional four credit hours. This certificate allows students who have a baccalaureate degree, but who do not have sufficient surveying-related course work to successfully pass the Colorado-required exam to attain a Professional Surveyor License.

Academic Requirements for Technical Certificate in Land Surveying and Geomatics


Geodetic Surveyor

Auto CAD Technician

Cadastral Surveyor

Survey Technician

Program Faculty