Equipment Requirements

A computer or access to a computer that will efficiently run ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine software is required. See information below:

Desktop System Requirements

Visit the following link for information regarding ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine.

Additional Information for Mac Users

Mac users will need to review the desktop requirements above, as well as determine if they need additional programs to have full compatibility with Windows. The following link has suggestions for using ESRI products with a Mac.

GIS Software

  • All courses require that students obtain the following specialized GIS software: ESRI's ArcView 10.2.x.
  • Additionally, students enrolled in Geography 5345, must obtain a free one-year student license for ERDAS Imagine. 

Please contact the Department of Geography ( to obtain the necessary GIS software. You will be given an access code and directions on how to obtain the software online. Please install immediately to make sure it is in working order, prior to beginning your first course. Ms. Passe-Smith will verify enrollment before the software can be obtained.

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