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; please note that ArcGIS is not supported on the MAC operating system; more information can be obtained at

System Requirements for ArcGIS (includes link to test your machine)

System Requirements for ERDAS Imagine

GIS Software

  • All courses require that students have or obtain the following specialized GIS software from the Department of Geography  (free one-year student license): the latest version of ESRI's ArcGIS software.
  • 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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