Geospatial analysis connects humanist scholars to data, tools, and methodologies utilized in disciplines such as city planning and the environmental sciences. There are a variety of places on campus where students and researchers can find resources and assistance for working with these tools. Please review individual providers' pages for more detailed descriptions of services offered.


The Geospatial Innovation Facility offers in-depth workshops that will give you a foundation in tools like desktop GIS software or webGIS products.

Various courses offered in the Department of City Planning (such as City Planning 204C: Introduction to GIS and City Planning) provide an in-depth introduction to GIS systems.

Undergraduates may receive a GIS minor. Graduate students may receive a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST). Please consult the GIS @ Berkeley website for more information about these programs.

For more self-guided instruction, consult the GIF's quick-start guides or free online-training available to campus affiliates.

Consulting and Reference Services

If you're considering geospatial tools and not sure how it relates to research, consider a reference visit with the GIS & Map Librarian or office hours at the Geospatial Innovation Facility.

If you're looking for more in-depth help with a project, take advantage of free consulting at the D-Lab. If you'll be undertaking a more extensive project or looking for technical collaborators on a grant project, get in touch with consultants at the GIF.



Students, faculty, and staff can obtain a 1-year license of ArcGIS Education Ediction through the GIF. GIF also maintains an excellent resource guide on other types of software.


Please consult the GIS & Map Librarian and the Doe Library Data Lab for more information about data sets available to UC users.


The GIF maintains a computer lab for working with geospatial spatial software and offers large-format printing. The Earth Sciences & Map Library offers large format scanning for cartographic materials and also maintains a computer with geospatial analysis software.

Last updated: Jul 2, 2015