From the Geography and Geospatial Science Program, Oregon State University
GEOG 370 is designed as an introduction to maps and their uses, in particular, as tools for communicating spatial information. Cartography is the study of maps. Maps are essential descriptive and analytical tools for many disciplines. They can help generate hypotheses, analyze data, and display results of investigations. In this course, you will be expected to make sophisticated observations regarding how maps influence and add to your understanding of the environment, the framework or structure inherent in maps, methods of extracting spatial data from maps, and essential strategies involved in displaying data on maps to support research conclusions or spatial decision making of any kind.