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GIS

This guide introduces geospatial tools, datasets, and resources for applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in scholarly and creative work, across the disciplines.

ESRI ArcGIS Software

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ESRI ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap 10.x desktop GIS software are available for students, staff, and faculty to install on their own personal computers for academic use. This includes the ArcGIS Advanced license, with extensions such as 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and others. Note: ArcGIS requires the Windows operating system. For Mac users, see the information below to install Windows using Bootcamp.

ERDAS IMAGINE Student Edition (1-year license)

ERDAS IMAGINE photogrammetry & remote sensing software is available for student academic use on personal computers (Windows OS). Request an activation code for ERDAS IMAGINE (Cal Poly Log-in). Online tutorials are available through Hexagon Geospatial U.

AutoDesk Education Community

Access over 70 free and student-edition software packages including:

AutoCAD (PC and MAC versions),

AutoCAD Civil 3D and Map 3D

Revit, 3ds Max Design, Maya, and many others.