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Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The Bachelor of Science in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Salem State University is a technology-focused program designed to provide students with the theoretical, practical and technical skills that are essential for the visualization and analysis of spatial data in a wide variety of applications. 
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Students with a range of interests will benefit from this program by becoming proficient in the use and application of GIS technologies through a flexible set of courses and hands-on experiences. 

The Cartography and Geographic Information Systems program offers the training and experience necessary to prepare for the rapidly expanding professional opportunities available in the diverse set of fields that depend on geographic information. GIS and related geospatial technologies, such as remote sensing from satellites and aircraft, are integral to mapping and surveying, environmental analysis and natural resource management, transportation and urban planning, business planning, crime analysis, and disaster management, to name only a few areas.

The Department of Geography is committed to having students understand and engage the world from a spatial perspective through teaching, research and service. Geography is a problem-solving discipline whose programs and Digital Geography Lab provide our students with both technical skills and liberal arts perspective to prepare them for life-long careers.

The Digital Geography Lab (DGL) is known as one of the best geography university-level computer labs in the country. This unique facility is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate geo-spatial computing, education, and research. The DGL supports the department’s extensive and diverse curriculum with specialized software and hardware. The DGL facilitates collaboration within the department, and is a local focal point for faculty, undergraduate and graduate research.The Department of Geography’s offerings combine a strong background in the academic tradition of Geography with applied fields such as travel and tourism, sustainability, remote sensing and geographic information systems. In 2006, the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (WTO) certified the Department’s Tourism education program (BS degree Tourism Concentration) that conforms to and meets the international standards criteria of the WTO.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences
  • Introduction to Geography
  • World Regions
  • Introduction to Maps and Geographical Information Systems
  • Introduction to Quantitative Geography
  • Geographic Research
  • Cartography
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Air Photo Interpretation
  • Remote Sensing
  • Quantitative Geography

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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