Opportunities to learn GIS abound, depending on your interest, learning preference, availability, and need. Whether in-person or online, short-term or degree seeking, workshops or short-courses, the choices can seem overwhelming.

The FAQ below provides an overview of options. If you have any additional questions (or suggestions), please email: gis@colostate.edu.  are available from a variety of sources and formats in Colorado and online.

What kinds of GIS courses are offered at CSU?

CSU offers numerous GIS courses in several different departments campus-wide, which are listed on Centroid’s CSU classes page.

Undergraduate introductory GIS courses include NR 319 and NR 322:

  • NR 319 is a “one-stop shop” for an overview of geospatial tools with the expectation that the student will not continue to pursue additional GIS coursework.
  • NR 322 provides instruction in GIS including data management, spatial analysis, and visualization.

Two advanced GIS courses include NR 422 and GR 420.  Students conduct geospatial projects, perform limited programming tasks, and further their skills in geospatial analysis.

Courses are also available in Remote Sensing (NR/GR 323) and GPS (NR423).

The Geography program in the Anthropology department offers several geospatial-based classes including GIS for Social Scientists and Remote Sensing.

Graduate courses are offered across campus, including NR 505 which is designed for students using geospatial tools for research.  The course is designed to accommodate both experienced students and novices and is successful in providing the basis for using GIS for research objectives.

The Warner College of Natural Resources offers a minor concentration to students in Spatial Information Management through the department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship. Click here for more information on this minor.

The Geospatial Centroid offers GIS workshops on topics such as Python scripting, Introduction to GIS, web mapping and more. Refer to the Workshops page for details and schedule.

For more information on GIS learning opportunities at CSU, contact Melinda.Laituri@colostate.edu.

Does CSU offer a GIS degree or certificate?

The Warner College of Natural Resources offers a minor concentration to students in Spatial Information Management through the department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship. The minor is open to any CSU student, regardless of college. Click here for more information on this minor.

CSU does not offer a certificate or degree program in the geospatial sciences.  However, different degree programs across the University integrate GIS courses into their curriculum. See above or refer to the CSU classes page for more information. GIS courses are typically offered as resident instruction with limited options for online instruction.

Where can I learn GIS in Colorado?

Some Colorado universities and community colleges provide a number of ways to gain these skills including traditional and online courses. Here are few from the Front Range area that offer GIS certificates or GIS/Geospatial Science degree programs:

Front Range Community College University of Denver
University of Northern Colorado Metropolitan State University of Denver


Where can I learn GIS online?

  • The Geospatial Centroid will be putting together a comprehensive list of learning resources on the Help Sheets page covering a variety of geospatial topics from GIS basics to analysis and remote sensing.   Check back for updates.
  • Esri offers a wealth of online ArcGIS training: https://www.esri.com/training/

Member of the Colorado State University community, with a colostate.edu account, you can gain access to the Esri training online through the CSU license agreement. Refer to the Centroid’s Esri Courses page for more information.

Esri also offers MOOCs (massive open online courses) which are free 6-week long courses on a variety of GIS topics.