2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Mapping for Change

Winter quarter

Faculty: John Baldridge geography

Fields of Study: geography

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20274 (4)  

Credits: 4(W)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Evening

Prerequisites: Students who enroll should be comfortable using computers, have a knowledge of basic algebra, and some experience using spreadsheet software. Both upper and lower division students are welcome.


Maps are powerful tools for understanding the relationships between people and place. They have been used to divide and unite, to expose environmental problems, to plan for peace, and to prepare for war. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map might be worth millions.

In this course, students will learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the production of digital and paper maps. We will study the elements of good cartographic design and apply those elements to produce meaningful maps with a purpose. The quarter will culminate in a project to produce a series of maps that illustrate a social or environmental problem, and which could be used to advocate for a change in policy or raise public awareness about the issue.

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Advertised Schedule: 6-10p Tue

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

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