Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an exciting set of technology tools used in almost every field imaginable. Knowledge of GIS and experience with spatial analysis will enhance your resume and allow you to analyze and manage your data more effectively than ever before. Gain an overview of GIS in this hands-on workshop. Learn about terms and concepts, available systems, data sources and design and policy decisions that must be addressed prior to implementation of a GIS project. By combining lectures and hands-on experience working with ArcGIS, this course will provide you with a basic working knowledge of GIS and a concrete sense of the planning and design work involved in using GIS.
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Association Credits

American Planning Assoc (AICP)

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of 20 hours of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and (live) lectures, as well as at least one mandatory live lecture/Q&A session(s) with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. This course is the same length as a standard 3 days, in-person course, please be sure to plan your schedule accordingly. 

This course is open January 22 – January 26, 2024, with live sessions on Monday January 22, Wednesday January 24 and Friday January 26 from 2:00-4:00 PM PST.

Attendance of the live session(s) is mandatory to receive credit for this course. 

Please enroll before January 14 in order for students to secure their UC Davis computing accounts and access to CPE's virtual workspaces. Please let us know if you have any questions.  

Refund Deadline: January 14, 2024.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date. 

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Refund Deadline: January 14, 2024.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date. 

Technical Requirements

You will need to bring your laptop to access the remote desktop which has your course’s software already installed. Laptops can be Mac or PC, with a minimum 8GB of RAM and a dual core processor (64 bit).


Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.


Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.