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Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer based technologies & methodologies for collecting, managing, manipulating,
analyzing, modeling, and presenting spatially referenced data. These systems are used for mapping and to support in geographically
based decision making.

Who Benefits From GIS

Since the majority of data has a spatial component, GIS is a multidisciplinary subject with valuable applications in:

  • Geography
  • Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Political Science
  • Conservation
  • Engineering

GIS Facility

Villanova University’s Department of Geography & Environmental Studies maintains a state of the art Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratory. Established in 2008, the GIS Laboratory provides:

  • An interactive classroom environment to teach methods and fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing.
  • A setting for faculty and students to conduct scientific geo-spatial research.
  • Advanced hardware and software for analysis and presentation of spatial data.


  • 25 Dell Precision 390 PC Stations
  • Vidar HD 4230 Large Format Scanner
  • HP Deskjet T1120ps Large Format Plotter
  • Mapping Grade Trimble GPS Units
  • Xplore Rugged Field Tablet PC


  • ESRI ArcGIS Desktop 10 (ArcInfo License)
  • Spatial Analyst
  • 3D Analyst
  • Geostatistical Analyst
  • Trimble GPS Software
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Adobe Illustrator

Lab Schedule

The lab schedule can be found here:  GIS Lab Schedule (vu username and password required)