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Horizons Broaden for Surveying Students with NMSU Transfer Agreement

On April 1, officials from CNM and NMSU signed a transfer agreement that will allow graduates from CNM's Surveying Engineering associate's degree program to transfer to New Mexico State University to finish a bachelor's degree in the same field.

Sep 01, 2016

April 2011

Transfer Agreement
On April 1, officials from CNM and NMSU signed a transfer agreement that will allow graduates from CNM's Surveying Engineering associate's degree program to transfer to New Mexico State University to finish a bachelor's degree in the same field.

"I was contacted by an instructor from that department at NMSU, Dr. Steve Frank," said Amy Ballard, instructor in the Geographic Information Technologies Program and faculty chair of the design cluster in the School of Applied Technologies. "He said he was very interested in getting this going and he knew we were doing some good things in surveying here."

After thorough evaluation of curriculum to ensure transferability, she said that the agreement was designed to provide CNM students in the Surveying Engineering program with a clear pathway from CNM to NMSU.

The CNM associate's degree program allows for students to begin their education in surveying and finish their prerequisites, while preparing to continue on to attain a four-year degree in the field.
"In the associate's degree (program), it's primarily transfer courses and math intensive," Ballard said.

She said that math is an important foundation of a surveyor's education, as they take precise measurements of the earth's surface to document the lay of the land. Surveying is an integral part of construction and planning.

According to the program's website, NMSU's Surveying Engineering bachelor's degree is divided into sections including core credits, math and science requirements, surveying engineering courses and electives.

Most graduates of NMSU's program go on to pursue careers in either construction or boundary surveying, the website says.

Ballard stated that surveying is currently a good field to be entering, as many surveyors are getting to retirement age and the industry will soon have a need for a younger generation.

For the new generation of surveyors, Ballard said it's important to be on the cutting edge of technology such as global positioning systems (GPS). That's why CNM offers courses in Geographic Information Systems. Students at both CNM and NMSU utilize state-of-the-art GPS and computer programs as part of their courses.

Ballard hopes that the assurance that students are able to transfer their credits will help boost enrollment in the CNM program.