BS Cartography & Geographic Information Systems

A hands-on concentration using state-of-the-art geospatial technologies to gain an understanding of the diversity of Geographic Information Systems, software and applications. Experiential learning utilizes real-world projects and case studies to focus on environmental issues and planning issues among the many range of applications.

Graduates of this program receive among the highest salaries of any graduates of Salem State. Unlike many high tech and information technology fields, employment opportunities in GIS and remote sensing have remained strong. Many international students attend Salem State specifically to enroll in this program, including the ARAMCO scholars from Saudi Arabia. Graduates of this program obtain employment at:

  • GIS and remote sensing software and applications firms
  • engineering companies
  • municipal engineering departments
  • utility companies
  • state agencies
  • federal mapping agencies
  • homeland security and intelligence agencies.

Students in this degree program often have a second major (or minor) in geological sciences, biology, computer science, mathematics or criminal justice. Students seeking the highest paying jobs after graduation will include calculus, finite mathematics, analytic geometry and computer programming among their elective courses. Elective courses in geography should include advanced courses in GIS and remote sensing, physical geography and/or human geography. Graduate school programs in GIS, remote sensing, environmental management, geography, geology, engineering, computer science and criminal justice are all options, depending on the student's interests and course selections.