We will be using ArcGIS and Erdas IMAGINE during the course. You can obtain trail versions of this software; alternatively your university may already have a license. To our knowledge, the software works on Macintosh computers if Windows is running on the computer; also the software should work with Windows 7. If you have a problem installing the software, please contact the respective vendors.

Getting Started: GIS Tutorial

Prior to class, and particularly if you have not been exposed to GIS before, we ask that you complete a GIS tutorial so you become with some of the basic concepts and software tools. Please complete Getting Started with GIS class (all three modules).


  • To find out if your university has an ArcGIS license or if you have any other issues with the trial version find your representative


  • You can get a 30 day trial version of IMAGINE (Advantage or Professional)

  • You can contact Diane Geheber with any licensing issues (this happens more often with Erdas). She can also tell you if your university has a license for IMAGINE.

Diane E. Geheber | Direct: 225-343-3905 | Fax: 225-387-8750 | Toll free: 1-866-282-4325 |

Spatial Data Sources: A Sample of Sites of Interest

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