In this online course, students will learn techniques for creating well-designed maps for a variety of output media. Maps can provide important visual explanations of complex geographic information. This course introduces students to topics essential to good map design, including graphic design principles, typography, and visual variables. Lab exercises provide multiple opportunities for hands-on experience with map-making and web design software programs.
This 7-week course is eligible for Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs), as well as Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).
SCECH Credits: 60
Certificate: GIS (Geographic Information Science)
Offered: Spring (2), Summer (2), Fall (2). Session dates
Most Current Syllabus: Available in MSU’s GoogleDocs.
Textbook: Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users, 2nd Edition by Cynthia A. Brewer, 2015. ESRI Press. (ISBN: 9781589484405). Required.
How to Register: Register easily via MSU’s Non-Credit Registration System. Go to the NCRS, select “ONGEO 004: Cartography” from the list of courses and follow the directions provided under the “Register Now” heading.