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Program Overview : Facilities/Technology

Facilities and Technology

The Resource Analysis Department at Saint Mary’s University is proud to stay on the cutting edge of GIS technology. The department is committed to maintaining awareness of advances in software and data collection methodology.

Lab Facilities: The Twin Cities campus has state of the art labs with the full suite of ArcGIS software. The Winona campus offers 24 hour access to two state of the art labs for GIS use. Students enrolled in the program also receive a student version of ESRI software for use at home.

Software: ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) software is the core GIS software used in the program. This is the most popular GIS software in the world based on number of installs (ESRI press release). Over 1 million people use ESRI software in more than 300,000 organizations. These organizations include businesses, government, NGOs, and academia. Learners can expect to become immersed in learning the latest ESRI technology platforms including ArcGIS Desktop, Server, and Online platforms. These platforms are supplemented by education in programming and web-based languages such as Python and JavaScript. Students also have access to the latest versions of Adobe, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, and SPSS programs.

Hardware: SMU’s Spatial Data Methodology course exposes learners to a variety of spatial data collection techniques. The department has surveying equipment and several traditional and mobile GPS units available for classroom use and to support student projects.