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GEOG 486
Cartography and Visualization
Maps on a desk

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
ArcGIS Pro
Mapbox Studio
SyllabusGEOG 486 Syllabus

Upcoming Offerings

Semester Instructor
Spring 2, 2024 Harrison Cole, Ph.D.
Summer 2024 Marcela Suárez, Ph.D.
Fall 1, 2024 Fritz Kessler, Ph.D.
Fall 2, 2024 Marcela Suárez, Ph.D.

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.

We offer over 30 courses in five 10-week terms each year: two every fall, two every spring and one every summer.