GEOG 486 Syllabus: Fall 2 2020
Cartography and Visualization
Prerequisites: GEOG 484
This course covers design principles and techniques for creating maps with contemporary mapping tools.
Meet the Instructor
Dr. Jonathan Nelson is an educator and researcher in geographic information science, specializing in cartography, geovisual analytics, and user-centered design with applications in environmental science, fitness and health, politics, socioeconomics, transportation, and urban planning. His work emphasizes the significant role of visual communication in making spatial data more accessible, legible, and valuable. Prior to joining Penn State, Jonathan held cartographic design and GIS positions at National Geographic, Strava, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Successful completion of this course will signify mastery in map production for communication and research; students will be practiced in making, analyzing, critiquing, and sharing high-quality maps.
#coursegoals image credits, from top to bottom:
United States Geological Survey. 1961. Cumberland, MD. scale 1:24,000. U.S. Government Printing Office. Washington, D.C.
Geological Survey, U. S. & Gerlach, A. C. (1970) "Food and Kindred Products." In The national atlas of the United States of America. Washington. [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/79654043/
United States Geological Survey National Map (https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/advanced-viewer/)
United States Census Bureau's online story map portal: Rural America, https://gis-portal.data.census.gov/arcgis/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appi...
Tarr, A.C., Villaseñor, Antonio, Furlong, K.P., Rhea, Susan, and Benz, H.M., 2010, Seismicity of the Earth 1900–2007: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3064, 1 sheet, scale 1:25,000,000
Assignments and Grading
A- | 87.5-89.9%
B+ | 85-87.4%
B | 80-84.9%
B- | 77.5-79.9%
C+ | 75-77.4%
C | 70-74.9%
D | 60-69.9%
F | < 60%