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GIS Guide: GIS @ MSU

Guide to GIS at MSU, finding datasets, GIS data libraries, and GIS utilities and software.

ESRI Software at MSU

Michigan State University has a site license to ESRI software, including some extensions.  Most PC computers in labs on campus administered by the campus computing department (Academic Technology Services or ATS) are loaded with ArcGIS 9.2 with ArcInfo.  Macintosh computers do not have ESRI software.

  • The Main Library has 348 patron PCs loaded with the full suite of lab software including ArcGIS 9.2.  The MSU Map Library (Main Library, west wing, 3rd floor) has two lab computers.  Users must have an active MSU NetID to use any of these computers.
  • MSU staff may also purchase ESRI software licenses from the MSU Computer Store. 
  • Students may request a free 1-year license to ArcGIS 10.1.  For more information see MSU Computer Store.
  • The MSU Geography Department, located in the Geography Building, has PC and UNIX labs for students enrolled in Geography classes.  These are not  open labs to the MSU Community, they are limited to students taking Geography Department classes.

GIS Training at MSU


Free online training:

MSU's Site License gains us access to numerous free online GIS training modules.  See this list of classes.  These training modules will each take several hours but may be completed at your own pace.  Contact Kathleen Weessies to be enrolled in any of these classes.

Workshops (non-credit or C.E.U.):

Remote Sensing & GIS is a unit on campus that offers one and two-day CEU certified workshops.  The trainers are ESRI certified.

For-Credit Classes:

The MSU Geography Department teaches several GI - related courses including Geo 325, Geographic Information Systems, a 3-credit hour course.  For more information see the Geography Department Course Listing.

GIS Consultation

RS&GIS  (Remote Sensing & GIS) is a team of GIS professionals who provide geospatial technology services such as: 

  • General consulting
  • Needs assessment
  • Planning and Implementation
  • Data development (digitizing, parcel mapping, scanning, field collection, data mining, etc.)
  • Data manipulation (coordinate conversion, resolution resampling, file format conversion, etc.)
  • Attribute standardization
  • Geodatabase schemas
  • Data processing and automation
  • Geoprocessing analysis
  • Network analysis
  • Geocoding/address matching
  • Land cover/land use data development and updates

Justin Booth
Geography Building, Room 217
673 Auditorium Road
Michigan State University

Free GIS Tutorials

Interactive mapping

GIS Lite

Open Source GIS

GIS Utilities

GIS Team


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