Learning Resources

Courses on Campus
Courses focusing on or utilizing Geographic Information Systems/Science are offered by a few departments on campus. Some of these courses are only offered at the graduate level.

  • Geographical Studies
    • Introduction to GIS (GEOG 28201/38201)
    • Intermediate GIS (GEOG 28400/38400)
    • Advanced GIS Analysis (GEOG 28600/38600)
  • Comparative Human Development
    • Inequality in Urban Spaces (CHDV 20305/40315, CRES 20305, PBPL 20305)
  • Economics
    • Urban Economics (ECON 26600, GEOG 26600/36600, LLSO 26202, PBPL 24500)
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
    • Ancient Landscapes 1: GIS and Landscapes (NEAA 20061/30061, GEOG 25400/35400, ANTH 26710/36710)
    • Ancient Landscapes 2: GIS and Landscapes (NEAA 20062/30062, GEOG 25800/35800, ANTH 26711/36711)
  • Public Policy Studies
    • Public Policy Practicum (PBPL 26200, PBPL 26300)
    • GIS Applications in Social Science (PPHA 38520)
  • Sociology
    • Introduction to Spatial Data Science (SOCI 20253/30253, GEOG 20500, MACS 54000)
    • Spatial Regression Analysis (SOCI 40217)
    • Urban Structure and Process (SOCI 20104/30104, GEOG 22700/32700, SOSC 25100, CRES 20104)

Online Courses
ESRI's Virtual Campus offers many technical training courses in GIS software and analysis techniques. A list of courses https://www.esri.com/training/catalog/search/ are available free of charge for students, staff, or faculty affiliated with the University of Chicago. In order to access the online courses, please request access from gis-help@rcc.uchicago.edu.  Enrollment for other courses is available with an educational discount from ESRI. Please contact gis-help@rcc.uchicago.edu with any questions or for enrollment information.

Recommended Texts
- Elementary Statistics for Geographers, 3rd ed. by James E. Burt, Gerald M. Barber, and David L. Rigby. (New York: Guilford Press, 2009)
- The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 2, Spatial Measurements and Statistics by Andy Mitchell (Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2005)
- Geographic Information Systems and Science, 3rd ed. by Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire and David W. Rhind. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., 2010)
- Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, 3rd ed. by Tim Ormsby, Eileen Napoleon, Robert Burke, and Carolyn Groessl (Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2010)
- Getting to Know ArcGIS: Modelbuilder by David W. Allen (Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2011)
- Python Scripting for ArcGIS by Paul A. Zandbergen (Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2013)
- Quantitative Methods and Applications in GIS. By Fahui Wang (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2006)
- Statistical Methods for Geography, A Student's Guide, 3rd ed. by Peter A. Rogerson (London: Sage Publications Ltd., 2010)