2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jan 23, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog
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GEOG 250 Introduction to Maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Course Description
This course broadly introduces students to the field of cartography – the production, interpretation and use of maps – and practical use of Geography Information Systems (GIS) applications. There are two emphases in the course: First, students will explore elements of map design, cartographic concepts like projections and scale, and how maps are used (and misused) in society. A second emphasis involves a basic introduction into relevant Geography Information Systems applications being used today, particularly ESRI’s ArcGIS software. Basic computer literacy skills are strongly recommended.

Student Outcomes
1.Students will be able to describe an understanding of cartographic principles such as scale, projection and coordinate systems.
2.Students will be able to critically interpret maps through design choices such as symbolization, colors and the conundrum of necessary generalizations, all in terms of map production.
3.Students will be able to find, download and interpret geospatial data from public databases.
4.Students will be able to use basic functions of GIS software like ArcMap, including the creation of thematic maps.
5.Students will be able to describe practical uses of GIS software in solving real-world problems related to fields like the environment, business and government.

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