If you want to make a difference in the world, studying geography is a great place to start. Geography and sustainability careers offer opportunities to develop solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems, including climate change, environmental sustainability, natural disasters, sustainable tourism, and urban planning.
Salem State’s Geography and Sustainability programs combine a strong background in the academic tradition of geography with applied fields such as environmental sustainability, sustainable tourism, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and digital image processing, regional development and planning, meteorology and climatology, and natural resource management.
Geographers use many tools and techniques in their work, and geographic technologies are increasingly important for understanding our complex world. They include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and online mapping such as Google Earth. The teaching and use of geospatial computer technologies is a hallmark of our department, now even including the use of drones in our teaching and service to the local and regional geospatial community.
Faculty within the Geography and Sustainability department pride themselves on providing expert mentorship and friendship for all students while at Salem State and beyond graduation. We train our students – in a friendly, well-supported environment – to be top scientists as well as concerned global citizens.