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    Vassar College
   
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ESCI 220 - Cartography: Making Maps with GIS

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as GEOG 220 ) Cartography, the science and art of map-making, is integral to the geographer’s craft. This course uses GIS to make thematic maps and to acquire and present data, including data fitting students’ individual interests. In addition, we explore the culture, politics, and technology of historic cartography, and we examine techniques in using maps as rhetoric and as political tools. Throughout the course, we focus on issues of clear, efficient, and intentional communication through graphic presentation of data. Thus, the course integrates problems of graphic design and aesthetics with strategies of manipulating quantitative data. ArcGIS is used in labs for map production and data analysis. Mary Ann Cunningham.

Prerequisite(s): one 100-level Geography or Earth Science course, or permission of the instructor.

Satisfies the college requirement for quantitative reasoning.

Two 75-minute periods; one 2-hour laboratory.



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