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As an integral part of the Department of Geographic and Environmental Sciences, the Center for GIS has been UofL’s hub for geospatial technology education, application, and outreach since 1996. 

For 25 years, the University of Louisville Center for Geographic Information Sciences has served the UofL community by supporting the collaborative and creative application of geospatial technology in teaching, research, and community engagement. The ULCGIS puts the power of maps into the hands of UofL students, faculty, and staff to understand, address, and communicate the big challenges that we face as a local, and global community.

At the core of the Center’s mission are GIS and geospatial technology education. Through formal coursework, workshops, and web courses, the ULCGIS provides the foundational knowledge and technical skills training required to help members of the UofL community apply geospatial technology in their own work. Check out our course offerings and other training opportunities on our Academics page. 

The ULCGIS also provides the infrastructure for cutting-edge GIS applications at UofL through the administration of the ESRI Campus Agreement. Scholars from UofL’s many schools and academic departments rely on the ULCGIS to support their software needs, including desktop GIS software such as ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro, web GIS platforms like ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Server/Portal, and mobile applications like ArcGIS Field Maps. For more information on participation in the ESRI Campus Agreement, visit the Software page.

The facilities of the ULCGIS are available to faculty, students, and staff, and are used to assist other university departments in research and mapping.  At the forefront is the Audwin and Rae Helton Center for GIS Laboratory featuring 23 high-end workstations and a learning environment that is second to none. Whether you’re in need of GIS training, a unique map, data, or software, or have a unique geographic query, feel free to contact us.  We’d be happy to help!