Format Credit Hours Tuition Entry Terms
100% Online 125 credits $300/cr. in-state and $375/cr. out-of-state* Fall/Spring

*This special e-tuition rate applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a UMaineOnline degree or certificate program.

Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering Technology

The Surveying Engineering Technology program is a surveying program that focuses on the skills and education required for professional practice. Starting with a basic grounding in mathematics and the physical sciences, the student is concurrently and progressively taught a combination of surveying, practical engineering, and business.

Surveying combines knowledge in mathematics, computers, history, geography, art, business, and communication; coupled with a love of the outdoors (hunting, fishing, snowmobiles, cross country skiing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and ATV trail riding) to provide a rewarding career emphasizing independence and responsibility.

Surveying provides a rewarding outdoor career that begins with enrollment in the Surveying Engineering Technology program at the University of Maine. Visit the Survey Engineering Technology program website to learn more:

UMaineOnline also offers a Professional Science Masters in Engineering and Business.


125 credits in total required.

In order to complete a degree from the University of Maine, students must earn a minimum of 30 credits originating from the University of Maine with at least 15 of those credits at the 300 level or higher.

Core Courses

  • Surveying/Engineering (47 credits)
  • Computer Applications (1 credit)
  • English/Communications (15 credits)
  • Math/Statistics (14 credits)
  • Physics (8 credits)
  • Business/Economics (12 credits)


  • Humanities Electives (9 credits)
    Humanities include artistic and creative expression elective, cultural diversity elective, and population and the environment elective.
  • Program Electives (19 credits)
    Program electives include courses in engineering, engineering technology, business, economics, mathematics, statistics, astronomy, earth sciences, or forestry that are higher in course number than those required in the curriculum.  For example: a MAT course less than 127 does not count toward a program elective.

Online Surveying Engineering Technology Sample Curriculum

For further information, contact Professor Ray Hintz, P.L.S. at


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  • Work outside in nice weather, inside in bad weather (have a tan all summer)
  • Not get bored with the same scenery (work varies from urban to farm, wilderness to the city)
  • Combine history with technology, mathematics with law, and art with CAD
  • Assume responsibility quickly with experience (surveying graduates will have all the responsibility they can handle)
  • Not sitting behind a desk for long (have an exercise plan as part of surveying practice) and
  • Earn a good salary for doing work you enjoy

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Have questions about earning your B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology online with UMaine? Contact Tiffany Peterson, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at

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Is the degree ABET accredited?

The online degree is ABET accredited. ABET does not discriminate between the type of delivery. In other words, this degree replicates the existing ABET accredited on-site bachelor of science degree.

How do I apply for admission?

If the applicant has no college courses, the applicant should apply at

If the applicant has credit for college courses, the applicant should apply as a transfer student at

Historically, the applicant should apply early as the University of Maine will often close the application process in the late spring/early summer.

What is the tuition rate?

If the student is a Maine resident or a veteran (from any state) the student will pay in-state tuition.

If the applicant is not a Maine resident, the applicant will pay the E-tuition rate which is $375 per credit hour. See for tuition rates.

What are the “add-on” fees to the per credit charge for an online Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering Technology Degree?

There is an online surcharge fee of $25/credit. There is also a unified surcharge fee that varies from $128 to $983 based on the number of credits. For additional information about fees, visit

Can I take electives at a local community college/university and transfer them toward my surveying degree?

Transfer credits are possible and generally encouraged. Always check with the College of Engineering before taking the course to make sure the credits will be accepted. Obviously, subjects like English, Physics, Math, Business, Accounting, Communications, Economics, artistic and creative expression, cultural diversity, etc. can be taken at a local college and transferred to the surveying degree. We have transfer agreements with many New England community colleges. The transfer agreements can be found at The list will expand to other states where demand warrants it.

NOTE: In order to complete a degree from the University of Maine, students must earn a minimum of 30 credits originating from the University of Maine with at least 15 of those credits at the 300 level or higher. 

Am I forced to take a requisite number of credits each semester?

There is no requirement to take a certain number of credits per semester. The student’s semester course load is determined by the student. The progress on completing the degree is based on the student’s schedule/pace.

How are survey labs (field work) handled?

The online student will find a mentor – a local surveyor in the student’s area – who is willing to mentor the student. The labs are sent to the surveyor and the surveyor provides the equipment and a little help to perform the field work.

Can I take online classes without being a degree candidate?

A person can take online surveying classes without being a degree candidate. However, if the student is not a Maine resident, the student will pay out of state tuition. The cost of applying to be a degree candidate to receive E-tuition is recovered in a one-credit class. A student would be wise to apply for enrollment in the surveying degree no matter what the student’s short term goals are. In addition, if the student is not a degree candidate, the administrative staff of the College of Engineering cannot help with course enrollment.

What online survey classes are offered Fall and Spring?


  • CET 101: Plane Surveying (3 credits)
  • CET 202: Construction Surveying (3 credits)
  • SVT 100: Introduction to Surveying Engr. Tech. (1 credit)
  • SVT 110: Instrumentation and Data Collection (1 credit)
  • SVT 121: AutoCad for Surveyors I (3 credits)
  • SVT 122: AutoCad for Surveyors II (3 credits)
  • SVT 322: Preparing Effective Property Descriptions (1 credit)
  • SVT 325: Surveying/Engineering Ethics (1 credit)
  • SVT 341: Advanced Surveying (3 credits)
  • SVT 418: Fundamentals of Surveying Exam Overview (1 credit)
  • SVT 437: Practical GPS (3 credits)
  • SVT 501: Advanced Adjustment Computations (3 credits)
  • SVT 511: Geodetic U.S. Public Land Survey Computations (3 credits)


  • CET 101: Plane Surveying (3 credits)
  • CET 202: Construction Surveying (3 credits)
  • SVT 121: AutoCad for Surveyors I (3 credits)
  • SVT 201: Adjustment Computations (3 credits)
  • SVT 221: Boundary Law (3 credits)
  • SVT 325: Surveying/Engineering Ethics (3 credits)
  • SVT 331: Photogrammetry (3 credits)
  • SVT 332: Engineering for Surveyors (3 credits)
  • SVT 352: Practical Field Operations (3 credits)
  • SVT 490: Surveying Capstone (3 credits)
  • SVT 512: Advanced Survey Law (3 credits)
  • SVT 532: Survey Strategies in Use of Lidar (3 credits)
  • SVT 541: Geodesy (3 credits)

Note: Not all of the surveying classes are required for an undergraduate surveying degree. Some surveying classes have pre-requisites that must be taken prior to enrollment in the class.

How do I sign up for classes?

After a student is accepted and paid the matriculation fee (admitted), the student should contact and say what online surveying class(es) are desired. The administrative staff will place the student in the surveying class. After the first semester, the student will be able to self-enroll on a system called MaineStreet via a PIN which will be sent to the student with instructions three months before the semester begins. Note that MaineStreet is not very flexible with transfer credits so there will be times that help in enrollment will be required. In such cases, email and the issue will be resolved.

How do I receive grades?

Grades are posted on MaineStreet when the instructor has entered them into the MaineStreet system.

Can I re-take a class in which I previously took and did poorly?

The University of Maine has a one-time forgiveness policy. For example, if a student received an F in a class and the student retakes that class and receives a B, the F disappears and the failing grade is replaced with the B letter grade.

For further information, contact Professor Ray Hintz, P.L.S.