GIS & RS Software

ESRI Software

ESRI makes ArcGIS Desktop (including ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox), ArcGIS Server and related programs which are the main GIS software used on WWU campus. In addition ESRI offers a variety of free products and support:

Notes on Obtaining a Student copy of ESRI Software:

WWU is currently using ArcGIS 10.x as our main teaching software. ArcGIS 10.2 is installed in the Spatial Labs (AH-14, -16, -24 and ES-318) as well as many of the ATUS Windows Labs on campus (Haggerd Hall, etc.).

ESRI provides a Free Student Evaluation copy of ArcGIS Desktop (ArcEditor license level) withextensions (Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Tracking Analyst, etc.). This is a full copy that can be used for 1 year and is available to WWU students. To pick up an installation DVD, stop by Stefan's office (AH-201) OR email Stefan to obtain an authorization code that will allow you to download the software.

NOTE: WWU Faculty and Staff should contact their Department IT staff for installation on office, lab or home computers.

You can also request a 60-Day Evaluation copy directly from ESRI: or you can request the 1-year Student Trial from ESRI:

Finally, some of the ArcGIS tutorial books include a evaluation copy with them. For example, Getting to Know ArcGIS (second edition) comes with a 180 version of the same software (including the extensions). The book (with CD) costs $80.00, and is available from ESRI Press.

NOTE: ArcGIS is a large program, requiring lots of RAM to run happily. To install and run ArcGIS you need Windows (2+ GHz, 2 GB+ RAM and 256+ MG Video Card STRONGLY recommended).

Other Commercial Software


ESRI Tutorial Books and Manuals (.pdf files)

  • SAL Library, list of books available for loan
  • ESRI digital books (.pdf files) available from J:\SALdata\ESRI_misc\esri_books\
  • ESRI digital books (.pdf files) available from J:\SALdata\ESRI_misc\esri_books\tutorials\
  • Misc. other titles available from Stefan
  • Mapping and Modeling Using ESRI Software: Links to tutorials that demonstrate how to work with various types of data in ArcGIS
  • Miscellaneous online tutorials