Quick Facts about GEOG 486
- Instructor(s): This course is taught by a variety of instructors, including Marcela Suarez and Fritz Kessler. Feel free to read about them and watch their introductory videos before class.
- Course Structure: Online, 10-15 hours a week for 10 weeks
- Prerequisites: GEOG 484 - GIS Database Development
Cartographic design projects emphasize effective visual thinking and visual communication with geographic information systems. This course covers cartographic design principles and thematic mapmaking techniques. Students will create static and dynamic maps using contemporary tools, including ArcGIS Pro, Mapbox Studio, and Tableau. Students will engage in the cartographic design process by selecting visual variables, classifying and generalizing data, applying principles of color and contrast, and choosing map projections based on map audience and purpose. Students will also be introduced to niche topics such as augmented and virtual reality, interactive geovisualization and geovisual analytics, and decision-making with maps and mapping products. GEOG 486 is one of several courses students may choose as their final course in the Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems.
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Want to join us? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback and earn academic credit. For more information, visit Penn State's Online Geospatial Education Program website. Official course descriptions and curricular details can be reviewed in the University Bulletin.
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