GIS and Data Resources: GIS Training & Tutorials

Access to GIS software, training, and data resources

Online Courses from Esri

UHCL provides students, faculty, and staff access to hundreds of in-depth, online courses by Esri at no charge to you. Browse a full listing of Esri E-Learning Courses.

To request a key to get access to the courses, contact please contact UCT at extension 2828 or email

Six of Esri's most popular introductory training courses are:


GIS Classes at UHCL

GIS Classes offered by the UHCL Geography Program

GEOG 4231 Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems   An interdisciplinary introduction to the fundamentals of GIS as a method of organizing, displaying, and analyzing spatial data. The course also provides an introduction to basic cartographic conventions.

GEOG 4323 Advanced Geographic Information Systems  Analytical aspects of spatial data, analysis, and modeling. Theoretical and applied aspects are examined through a series of practical exercises and assignments.

GEOG 5134 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems   An interdisciplinary, applied, introduction to geospatial technologies including geographic information systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and remote sensing. Focuses on environmental and social issues.


GIS Classes offered by the UHCL Environmental Science Program

GEOL 3307 Geographic Information Systems  This course covers the fundamentals of GIS including GIS terminology and architecture, GIS data structures, cartographic principles, data sources and methods of data acquisition including remote sensing, data manipulation and conversion, query techniques and spatial analysis.

GEOL 4335 GIS And Their Applications  The course emphasizes on the use of spatial analysis capabilities in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in a range of applications. Topics covered include vector, raster and surface analysis, classification methods, Interpolation techniques, watershed analysis and 3D visualization.


GIS Help and Tutorials

What is GIS & what can I do with it?

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.

GIS gives us a new way to look at the world around us. With GIS you can:

    • Map Where Things Are: Find places that have the features you're looking for and to see patterns.

    • Map Quantities: Find places that meet certain criteria and take action. A children's clothing company might want to find ZIP Codes with many young families with relatively high income. Public health officials might want to map the numbers of physicians per 1,000 people in each census tract to identify which areas are adequately served, and which are not.

    • Map Densities: A density map lets you measure the number of features using a uniform areal unit so you can clearly see the distribution. This is especially useful when mapping areas, such as census tracts or counties, which vary greatly in size. On maps showing the number of people per census tract, the larger tracts might have more people than smaller ones. But some smaller tracts might have more people per square mile—a higher density.

    • Find What's Inside: Use GIS to monitor what's happening and to take specific action by mapping what's inside a specific area. For example, a district attorney would monitor drug-related arrests to find out if an arrest is within 1,000 feet of a school—if so, stiffer penalties apply.

    • Find What's Nearby: GIS can help you find out what's occurring within a set distance of a feature by mapping what's nearby.

    • Map Change: Map the change in an area to anticipate future conditions, decide on a course of action, or to evaluate the results of an action or policy. By mapping where and how things move over a period of time, you can gain insight into how they behave. For example, a meteorologist might study the paths of hurricanes to predict where and when they might occur in the future.


GIS ebooks & print books

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