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In this online cartography 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, such as Adobe Illustrator and ArcGIS Pro.

Certificate: This course is required for the Professional GIS Certificate and the Professional Geospatial Data Analytics & Visualization Certificate.

Offered: Spring (session 2), Summer (session 4), Fall (session 6). Session dates.

Length: 7 weeks.

Textbook: Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users, 2nd Edition by Cynthia A. Brewer, 2015. ESRI Press. (ISBN: 9781589484405). Required.

Credit Version: Geo 326v.

Author: Written by Dr. Kirk Goldsberry, sports writer, head analyst for Team USA Basketball, former President of Strategic Research for the San Antonio Spurs and MSU-Geography faculty.

Continuing Education: This class is eligible for 6.0 Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs) and 60 Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

How to Register: You can easily register for onGEO-CART via Cashnet. Select the course you want to take from those listed in the store and follow these instructions (MSU GoogleDoc).