ArcGIS 101

This is a hands-on introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including basic concepts and terminology, data types, applications and software options. The workshop is designed to teach attendees how GIS might be used in class projects, theses and dissertations, and faculty research. We will mainly cover ArcGIS but will discuss some free/ open source GIS and mapping applications, and the majority of skills taught are applicable to other types of  geospatial data and software. Participants will work through step-by-step exercises to become familiar with navigational tools, geospatial data format and to explore GIS data from both the spatial and tabular side.

Students, staff and faculty from any discipline are welcome to come. Please register if you would like to come, and attend the workshop if you register. This workshop may only be offered once a semester.

Category(s):Data Analysis and Statistics
Research and Libraries
Cost:Just your time and energy


We highly recommend that you attend any prerequisite workshops listed below since familiarity with the skills and concepts taught in them is essential to benefit fully from subsequent workshops.

However, if you have independently learned the skills and concepts of the required workshop(s), your "equivalent skills" will be accepted as a substitute for attending the prerequisite workshop(s).

To help you determine your skill level, click workshop titles below (if any) for descriptions which outline the topics taught in each workshop and that are assumed in later sessions. You are expected to know the commands and concepts listed within the descriptions for the prerequisite workshop. In most cases, you can also refer to workshop handouts and other helpful materials from the workshop description page.

In addition to any specific prerequisites listed, you should have, as a minimum, basic computing skills.