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Land Surveying

Take your engineering degree outside and learn the in-demand trade of mapping how roads, buildings and other projects will be realized on the ground.

Land Surveying – Minor

The Land Surveying minor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Montana State positions students for careers in surveying and related fields by equipping them with skills in photogrammetry, global positioning systems, U.S. Public Land Survey System, and more.



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Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

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Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Land Surveying students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Construction
  • Project management
  • Transportation
  • Water resources

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.



Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.