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Surveying Engineering Transfer Guide for Jackson College

Ferris Program: Surveying Engineering
Degree Type: Bachelor of Applied Science
Ferris College: College of Engineering Technology
Transfer School: Jackson College
Consortium Eligible: No
Total Credits Required: 143
Catalog Year: 2022-2023

General Education Requirements

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68 Credits Required

Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to select appropriate general education courses. Diversity Competency - 2 Courses Required. If not met by courses taken for Culture, Self and Society, or MTA, a student must meet the following: 1 course with the Global Diversity attribute and 1 course with the U.S. Diversity attribute.

Visit the Ferris State general education page for more information.

  •  Communication Competency
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    COMM 121 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3

    COM 231 or 
    COM 234

    ENGL 150 English 1 3 ENG 131
    * ENGL 250 English 2 3

    ENG 132 or
    ENG 201

    * SURE 365, 420, and 465 are Major Courses that are also considered Writing Intensive Courses (WICs) and satisfy the upper-level English requirement.

  •  Quantitative Literacy
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    MATH 220 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1 4 MAT 151
  •  Natural Sciences Competency

    Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5 CEM 141
    GEOL 131 Geology and Land Use Management 3 No Equivalent
  •  Cultural Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one 200 level or higher course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    SURE 331 Ethics and Professionalism in Engineering Technology 3 No Equivalent
    Varies Cultural Electives 6 Varies
  •  Self and Society Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines, have at least one 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Self and Society Electives 9 Varies
  •  Additional General Education Requirements

    These courses are additional General Education courses to meet the requirements for this specific program. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    MATH 230 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 2 4 MAT 154
    PHYS 241 General Physics 1 5 PHY 251
    PHYS 242 General Physics 2 5 PHY 252
    MATH 322 Linear Algebra 3 No Equivalent
    MATH 330 Differential Equations 3 MAT 254

College Requirements

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75 Credits Required

  •  Major Courses

    75 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    SURE 110 Fundamentals of Surveying 4 No Equivalent
    SURE 115 Introduction to Computer Mapping 2 No Equivalent
    CONM 121 Materials Properties and Testing 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 215 Surveying Computations 3 No Equivalent
    CENG 220 Engineering Surveying 3 No Equivalent
    GISC 225 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 3 No Equivalent
    CENG 240 Engineering Statistics 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 230 Advanced Surveying 3 No Equivalent
    GISC 239 Remote Sensing 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 272 Programming Applications in Geomatics 2 No Equivalent
    CENG 321 Hydraulics Engineering 4 No Equivalent
    SURE 340 Photogrammetry 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 365 Legal Aspects of Surveying 1 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 366 Evidence and Procedure for Boundary Locations 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 372 Adjustment Computations 1 2 No Equivalent
    SURE 373 Adjustment Computations 2 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 420 Professional Practice of Surveying 3 No Equivalent
    CENG 421 Soils Engineering 4 No Equivalent
    GISC 425 Technical Issues in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 440 Advanced Photogrammetry 3 No Equivalent
    SURE 452 Geodesy 1 4 No Equivalent
    SURE 453 Geodesy 2 4 No Equivalent
    SURE 465 Legal Aspects of Surveying 2 3 No Equivalent
    CENG 499 Applied Research in Surveying Engineering 4 No Equivalent

Program Contact Information

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College of Engineering Technology
Survey Engineering Technology Programs
(231) 591-2633
[email protected] 

Ferris Statewide - Jackson College
(517) 483-9723
[email protected] 

Admission Requirements

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New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.75 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) (2.50 -2.74 with college approval)
  • Minimum Composite Score of ACT 18/SAT 950, Math Score of ACT 26/SAT 620,
  • Placement into MATH 220

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.50 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Placement into MATH 120 or higher

More Information

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Select courses may be delivered online and/or in a mixed delivery format (i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face instruction at the Ferris Main Campus or at a statewide location).

To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Ferris State University.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete your free application.
  • Submit official transcripts
    • Submit official transcripts from every school attended to [email protected]
    • Or mail to:
      Ferris State University Admissions Office
      1201 S. State St., CSS 201
      Big Rapids, MI 49307
  • Submit test scores (if required)
    • ACT Scores; go to the ACT website - Ferris State University School Code: 1994
    • SAT, CLEP and AP Sores; go to the College Board website - Ferris State University School Code: 1222

Advising Notes

It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, transfer policies and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. Ferris accepts transfer courses in which the student earned a letter grade of "C" or better. Additional policies such as the Ferris Sunset and Residency Requirement should be discussed with a Ferris advisor. Students who are completing the MTA may have different general education course requirements for the particular degree selected.

Meeting with a Ferris advisor prior to the selection of general education or elective coursework may reduce the chance of completing a course that will not apply toward the selected degree. Students must work with their Ferris advisor to declare a Minor or Concentration and for the selection of Directed Electives.

Once admitted, students are required to complete an orientation and should continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.

To schedule an appointment or for additional transfer resources and policies see our Transfer Resource page.

*Indicates an approved Ferris course substitution

Reverse Transfer Agreement

Ferris has reverse transfer agreements with several Michigan Community Colleges. Under such agreement, Ferris will provide your official University transcript to a partner school you have attended, so that they may grant you an associate or bachelor's degree upon completion of sufficient and appropriate credit hours from both institutions. In turn, the degree-granting institution will provide Ferris with an updated transcript reflecting the newly earned credential.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Ferris participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement will facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.

Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program-specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.

Transfer Equivalencies Tools

The transfer equivalencies link is located in the Transfer Resources section at


Transfer guides are not intended to be a contract with Ferris. The information in this guide is subject to change and is aligned with the catalog year listed above. Students should contact their community college and/or Ferris to keep informed of changes. Students' final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student. Please refer to the Ferris catalog for the most current curriculum.

Partners may contact the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships with questions or updates at [email protected].