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.


  • 18 Custom-Built GIS workstations
  • Widescreen HD Monitors
  • Vidar HD 4230 Large Format Scanner
  • HP Designjet T1700 Large Format Plotter
  • Mapping Grade Trimble GPS Units
  • Xplore Rugged Field Tablet PC



  • ESRI ArcGIS Desktop (Advanced License)
  • ESRI ArcGIS Pro
  • ESRI CityEngine
  • Spatial Analyst
  • 3D Analyst
  • Geostatistical Analyst
  • Trimble GPS Software


Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3336
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Environmental)
Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Keith Henderson


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Select Resources

GIS Lab Resources

GIS Software
Villanova University has a limited site license for the full suite of GIS software applications provided by ESRI. These applications can be accessed in the GIS Lab (Mendel G83).

Software manuals (Digital Books) can be found in SharePoint (VU username and password required)

Useful GIS Links:
ESRI Guide to Geographic Information Systems
ESRI GIS and Mapping Software
Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access
The National Map
U.S. Geological Survey
Earth Explorer
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commision
Landsat Viewer