GIS Resources

GIS knowledge and skills have become invaluable when applying for most planning jobs these days. These are resources for getting intro-level skills in GIS, put together by Assistant Professor Aslıgül Göçmen.


  • UW Geospatial Alliance: The alliance is made up of a group of practitioners and academics interested in sharing GIS related resources, events, and job announcements.


  • GIS courses across campus (as listed at UW Geospatial Alliance webpage): Note that not every course on the list is offered every year. Also note that the only "Introduction to GIS" course, Geog 377, is offered every semester. This 4-credit course is comprehensive and technical. Note that in the future (most likely starting in the 2014-15 academic year), there will be a few additional UW online distance learning GIS courses.


  • There are many free online courses through ESRI, the provider of ArcGIS software. Find a list of these courses here.



  • Geography department conducts introductory, free of cost, half-day GIS workshops multiple times a year. Note that these workshops are very popular and they fill up within hours of announcement.



  • There are some excellent texts on fundamentals of GIS. Some examples: Bosltad, Paul, 2008 (3rd ed.) GIS Fundamentals: A First Text on Geographic Information Systems & Clarke, Keith, 2003 (4th ed.) Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems, which can be found at UW libraries. For hands-on ArcGIS exercises, try: Ormsby, Napoleon, Burke, Groessl and Bowden, 2010 (3rd ed). Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop. There is a copy of this book in the URPL computer lab reserves.