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Course Description

Maps are powerful visual tools, both for communicating ideas and for facilitating data exploration. In Geog 486: Cartography and Visualization, you will learn design principles and techniques for creating maps with contemporary mapping tools, including ArcGIS Pro. In this lab-focused course, you'll apply cartographic theory to practical problems, with a focus on design decisions such as selecting visual variables, classifying and generalizing data, applying principles of color and contrast, and choosing projections for maps. You will also be introduced to future-focused application topics such as augmented and virtual reality, mapping with multivariate glyphs, the visual depiction of uncertainty, interactive geovisualizations and (geo)visual analytics, and decision-making with maps and mapping products. Successful completion of this course will signify mastery in map production for communication and research; you will be practiced in making, analyzing, critiquing, and sharing high-quality maps.

This course is part of the following programs: Master of Education in Earth Sciences, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, Masters of Geographic Information Systems, and Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Hi everyone, my name is Cary Anderson and I am the author and instructor of Cartography and Visualization, GEOG 486. I am a graduate of Penn State myself - I completed my M.S. degree in Geography from the resident program at University Park. My research interests are in how the design of maps and other visual graphics alters readers' thoughts, behaviors, and decision-making processes. As you might imagine, I'm excited to be teaching this cartography and visualization course! Geog 486 is built around 9 lessons, each of which culminates in a lab that applies the lesson content. These labs focus on real-world mapping scenarios; you will apply cartographic design principles (e.g., symbolization, projections, color, scale) to create maps of varying types and in varying application contexts.

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