Proposed BS and 5-year degree plans

Here are the new proposed degree plans.  I got them from Stacey a few days ago.  This from his email to the faculty:

Attached is the latest copy of the BS and 5 year plan.  Steps remaining:

1. AAC review

2. I must present the 5 year to the graduate committee.

3. Department review

4. College review

5. University review

I uploaded the degree plans to the site.  They can be accesses by clicking New BS degree plan [obsolete files removed from server] and New 5-year degree plan [obsolete files removed from server].  We need to review these for content and form our recommendations.  We have little time remaining to make our recommendations, as there is a deadline looming.  This is the most pressing item on the agenda.  Anything we learned from the faculty interviews can be discussed after the curriclum has been approved.  Nominations for new members can wait as well.


  1. Just finished a quick review of the BS plan and a look at the catalog to better define the courses. Registered surveyors, on the average and from my experience, do approximately 60 – 65% construction and related surveying to 20-25% boundary work. The remainder is clearly mixed. Seems the field courses focus on the fundamentals of traverse with a spattering of boundary investigation. My concern is both seem too light. Being able to traverse correctly around a field is clearly important . . . but the traverse in real life is for the purpose of locating or obtaining information. All that requires reading layout or construction plans or intensely searching the ground for boundary evidence. I couln’t read those activities in the course descriptions, perhaps more is done than said.

  2. Ken,

    Yes, course description are very short. More details are described in the course syllabus. Syllabi can be found on our campus web site

    Field Camp I contains this as part of the course description “Construction set out using total station and steel band.” Also in Geospatial Plane Measurement II the course description includes “Setting out of structures. Design and computation of horizontal and vertical curves”. This course also has field exercises in curve layout and construction layout.

    Boundary research, both records and field, are covered in History of Texas Land Ownership and Cadastral Systems. I believe a field exercise is for students to undertake a full Mortgage Survey, which is required in one of these courses. Also, the Field Camp II is focused on locating existing monuments and undertaking a full survey of Dale Moore’s ranch. 

    Hope this helps. Your interest and feedback is very much appreciated.



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