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2023-2024 Catalog 
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NATRS 263 - Cartography

Credits: 5
Provides general introduction to the principles and techniques of cartography. Reviews fundamental mapping concepts of map design using GIS technology. Applies concepts of map scale, projection, and coordinate systems. Learn new software and tools within ArcGIS software as well as MapPlex, ColorBrewer, and Adobe Illustrator to aid in understanding principles of thematic map design. 

Enrollment Requirement: NATRS 192  with a grade of 2.5 or higher; and instructor consent.

Course Fee: $25.00

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Gather and process geospatial data for the purposes of map creation.
  2. Create map-based solutions for a given audience and purpose.
  3. Explain cartographic principles and utilize those principles for effective map design.
  4. Implement cartographic techniques to create high-quality maps.
  5. Improve map design skills through analyzing and critiquing their own work and the work of others.
  6. Differentiate between appropriate use of color, typography, symbology, scale, map type, gestalt, among other design elements.

Program Outcomes

  1. Attain a job in the Natural Resources field.
  2. Manage Forestland or Resources to attain positive outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communications between industry partners and cooperators.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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