Discover the art and science of map production with the cartography and geovisualization certificate from UW-Eau Claire. With a focus on cartographic design principles, techniques, and best practices, you'll examine historic and contemporary maps through the lens of their design elements and cultural context. Engage in discussions about the ethics of collecting and analyzing spatial data and learn to apply cartographic visualization fundamentals in the production of various map projects.
You will acquire skills in the art and science of map production through the use and application of geographic information systems (GIS), industry standard illustration software and online mapping platforms. This certificate is ideal for those who are interested in map production and who wish to develop a complementary set of valuable technical abilities in their area of study.
State-of-the-art tools and technology. At UW-Eau Claire, you have the chance to work with the same technology professionals use out in the field today. Learn how to operate equipment such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), global positioning system (GPS) and ground-penetrating radar (GPR). It’s experiences like these that set you apart from other candidates when applying for jobs.
Innovative facilities. The university library is also a federal map depository, with a collection of more than 92,000 maps in its Simpson Map Library, which can be used for research and study. In addition, the geography and anthropology department has two computer labs dedicated to geospatial science (cartography, GIS and remote sensing) and is well-regarded for its interdisciplinary work with departments across campus.
This 12-credit certificate is designed for students who are interested in learning about the production of maps and their value in communicating visual and written stories. This curriculum provides a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue a graduate degree in a related discipline that benefits from experience in map production and proficiency with varied technology.
What classes do cartography and geovisualization students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Cartographic design principles and techniques
- The use and application of geographic information systems (GIS)
- Cartographic visualization fundamentals
- Geospatial data
- Visual storytelling
Learn more about the cartography and geovisualization certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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