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 through 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.
At a Glance
Applications in GIS
Fundamentals of GIS and Mapmaking
|Syllabus||GEOG 486 Syllabus|
|Spring 2, 2023||Fritz Kessler, Ph.D.|
|Summer, 2023||Marcela Suárez, Ph.D.|
|Fall 1, 2023||Fritz Kessler, Ph.D.|
|Fall 2, 2023||Marcela Suárez, Ph.D.|
|Spring 1, 2024|
|Spring 2, 2024|
Meet Our Faculty Instructors
I am an educator and researcher in Geographic Information Science, passionate about leveraging maps and human-centered design to make spatial data more accessible, legible, and valuable.