A computer or access to a computer that will efficiently run ArcGIS and Leica Imagine software is required. See information below.
Web Publishing Software
GIS Project assignments may include reports published in online student portfolios. We strongly recommend that each student acquire HTML editing software such as Microsoft FrontPage, DreamWeaver, Netscape Composer, or 1stPage2000. Additionally, a file compression utility such as PKZip or WinZip is also recommended.
All courses require that students obtain the following specialized GIS software: ESRI's ArcView 10.x. Please contact the Department of Geography to obtain the software. As soon as you receive the software, please open it and install it to make sure it is in working order prior to beginning your first course.
For Geography 5345, each student must purchase the "Graduate Student License" of Leica Imagine. The cost is $150 per year and includes Imagine Professional, Vector Module, and Imagine VirtualGIS. Orders can be placed by contacting Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging at 225-343-3905. Dr. Pearson must verify enrollment before software can be purchased.
Students who reside outside of the United States must purchase ArcView 9.x and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst software from their local ESRI International Distributor. A list of distributors is published at http://gis.esri.com/intldist/contactint.cfm.
Note that since ESRI does not set pricing outside of the United States, that overseas students may be required to pay more than the equivalent of 100 USD.
Operating System: Windows NT, 2000 , or XP with the latest service packs
500 MHz or higher Processor
500 MB free disk space (500 MB recommended)
Browser Windows: Internet Explorer 5 or higher; Java and Java Script enabled
Plug-ins Adobe Reader and QuickTime Player (both downloadable)
Modem: 56 kbps or higher speed
Graphics-capable (inkjet or laser jet) Printer
Monitor/Video Card 15" - 17; SVGA or better (1024 x 768, 32-bit graphics card)