Cartographic Engineering

Students are qualified to deal with up-to-date techniques, from data collection to map production

The only Cartography major in the state of São Paulo offers a state of the art selection of equipment and combines a great basic education with a solid professional training.



A cartographic engineer is responsible for planning, organizing, designing, orienting, directing, and monitoring several sorts of surveys, besides working with analysis and processing of data. This professional may also deal with the reproduction and display of geographic information.

However, the cartographic engineer's specialty is mapping, which is the production of cartographic bases, a key element to plan and carry out any engineering project. Another field in which this professional may work is geoprocessing, where he may take part in developing and maintaining geographic databases. Such activities, among others, require expertise in areas like topography, geodesy, cadastre, photogrammetry, remote sensing, cartography, and geographic information system.

Besides achieving great success in the job market, a Cartography Engineering graduate will certainly do well in public tenders promoted by several institutions, such as IBGE - Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), the Brazilian Navy and Aeronautics, and many other public agencies and private companies. Another option for students is enrolling in graduate programs. Currently, the demand for cartographic engineers and related professionals in public and private companies is more substantial than the amount of graduates Brazil can provide.

UNESP offers the only Cartography major in the state of São Paulo, at the campus located in Presidente Prudente. The major combines basic education courses (such as Linear Algebra, Physics, and Probability and Statistics), general courses (Administration, Economics, and Law, for instance), and professional education courses (Geoscience, Geophysics, Cartography, and Remote Sensing, among others).

The labs are equipped with state of the art equipment, such as GPS/GLONASS receivers, GPS suitable for topographic and geodetic positioning through post-processed Real Time Kinematic data, GPS reference stations, digital cameras and digital photogrammetric system.

The job market for the cartographic engineer is growing fast, mostly due to the georeferencing of rural properties and the constant need for maintaining and updating cartographic bases. These bases are essential for public and private planning, affecting activities related to infrastructure, environmental monitoring associated with the development of the city's master plan, and tax collection.

A cartographic engineer is also qualified to work with geospatial infrastructure, an area that will grow exponentially within the next years. There are some good examples of possible practical applications of this technology, such as satellite navigation systems for cars, ships, and airplanes; and geospatial visualization tools on the Internet, such as Google Earth.


Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Presidente Prudente Morning and Afternoon 40 5 years

Presidente Prudente

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - FCT

Rua Roberto Simonsen, 305
19060-900 - P. Presidente, SP
Phone: (18) 3229-5388
Fax: (18) 3221-4391
www.fct.unesp.br