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WWU GIS Classes

Huxley GIS & RS Courses

  • ENVS-221     Geographic Information Systems Survey [3]
  • ENVS-320     GIS I: Introduction to GIS [4]
  • ENVS-321     GIS II: Computer Cartography [3]
  • ENVS-419     Applications in GIS [3]
  • ENVS-420     GIS III: Analysis & Modeling [4]
  • ENVS-421     GIS IV: Advanced GIS Applications [4]
  • ENVS-422     Advanced Spatial Analysis [4]
  • ENVS-423     GIS Processing and Analysis [3]
  • ESCI-442       Introduction to Remote Sensing [5]
  • ESCI-497       GIS and Environmental Modeling
  • TOPICS in GIS (weekend seminars):
    • ​ENVS-499Q  Advanced Cartography with Adobe Illustrator [1]
    • ​ENVS-499Q  Spatial Data Collection with GPS and Mobile Web [1]
    • Other 'Topics' in the works: Open Source GIS, Open Source Web GIS, Story Maps, ArcGIS Online...
  • GPS Workshop (not for credit)

Geology Department GIS & RS Courses

  • GEOL-213     GIS in Geology [3]
  • GEOL-447     GIS Applications in Field-Based Studies [3]
  • GEOL-497     Remote Sensing 


Prior to Fall 2012 the course numbers for Environmental Studies ("ENVS") courses were listed under Geography ("EGEO") and Environmental Studies ("ESTU"). The switch to a single Department listing for courses required that all course numbers to been changed.

Priority Registration, Non-Huxley Majors & Wait Lists

Registration for many of the Huxley GIS courses is restricted to Huxley majors only during the first phase of registration. Some upper-level GIS courses are restricted to students who have been accepted into the GIS Certificate program during the first phase of registration. Following the initial phase of registration the restrictions are removed opening the class and the class wait-lists to all WWU students.


Students considering the GIS Minor or the GIS Certificate should note that many of the classes are only offered once or twice a year. Given that almost all of these classes are also sequential, completing the minor or certificate requires at least two years. Spreading these courses over three years is recommended if at all possible (e.g., taking ENVS-320 and/or ENVS-322 during the Sophomore year). Likewise, taking as many as possible during the Junior year is also recommended (e.g., completing ALL of the 300 level courses and ESCI-442 if possible). Be aware that all of the 400 level courses are work intensive (so taking 5 of them your Senior year will leave very little time for any other pursuits).

Off-Campus GIS Trainings and Events

See also non-WWU GIS Trainings and Events in the area