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Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Facility

The Institute of Sustainability is home to Loyola’s blossoming GIS capabilities and courses. With state-of-the-art facilities and software, a full-time GIS Specialist is on staff to handle all mapping, visualization and analysis to improve the University’s understanding and actions toward greater sustainability.

What is GIS

‌‌A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware,‌ software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

GIS links characteristics or attributes of features to their location (such as people to addresses, buildings to parcels, or rivers within a network) and layers that information to demonstrate how it all interrelates. You choose what layers to combine based on your purpose.

A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

With its array of functions, GIS can play a crucial role in comprehensive decision-making processes.

Why Use GIS

Source: ESRI

Loyola University Chicago & GIS

Since 2005, the capabilities of Loyola’s GIS program have expanded enormously. Collaborations and projects have been conducted by GIS staff for faculty, staff and students in University departments as varied as Environmental Sciences, History, Human Resources, Chemistry, Enrollment Management, Social Work, Campus Safety, Journalism and Experiential Learning courses, to name a few. Some of the ways GIS is currently being used to advance the work of Loyola University Chicago include:

GIS Capabilities Offered

‌The GIS facility is housed in the Quinlan Life Sciences Building, and computers are available for faculty and graduate students to use ArcGIS for research projects. We offer access to a comprehensive geospatial database of the greater Chicagoland area, with in-depth knowledge of the numerous publicly available spatial datasets from national, state, regional and local agencies and geospatial data gateways.

The GIS Specialist is available to consult with you on how to incorporate GIS mapping and spatial analysis into your work at Loyola, whether you be a student, staff, faculty, administration or community member.

GIS Instruction

Starting in 2009, Loyola University Chicago offered UNIV 410: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems to graduate students. The enrollment for this course more than tripled in size in just 3 terms, and it will be offered again during Spring 2013. While this is a 400 level course, upper level undergraduates are welcome to enroll.

Seminars are offered to introduce faculty and graduate students to the basics of GIS and how these tools can enhance their research and learning. Some past presentation titles include:

For information on having a customized presentation developed for your department or class, contact the GIS Specialist.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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