Required Course Materials

Course Text

GIS Fundamentals 5th Edition by Paul Bolstad ISBN 978-1-50669-587-7


Required Hardware and Software

Online students are expected to provide for all of their hardware and software requirements. The required software is installed in geospatial computer labs and at the HSU Library. Students working from home are required to install or have access to the following software:

  • 7-Zip (7-Zip is a free, open-source file compression/decompression utility)
  • ArcGIS Desktop Student Edition (ArcGIS student licenses are available for all students currently enrolled in a geospatial class.) The instructor will provide registered students with activation codes in Canvas at the start of the semester.
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Registered Students will receive an authorization number for ArcGIS Student Edition at the start of the course. This video should help students with the steps for activating the software and installing it on their computer.

Additional requirements:

HSU Account HSU account and student login ID
Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, 10 or higher
Processor 2 GHz or higher
Memory 8 GB of RAM
Graphics Card NVIDA or AMD is required to work properly with some of the ESRI ArcGIS extensions.
Hard Drive Space 60GB free disk space
Browser The Chrome browser is the recommended choice. Note: Cookies and JavaScript must be enabled. Pop-up blockers should be configured to permit new windows from the Geospatial Institute and HSU websites. Other browsers, such as Safari, Edge, and Microsoft Explorer are not recommended for this course.
Plug-ins Adobe Reader [Download from Adobe]
Additional Software Microsoft Office (2010 or later).  Java 1.7 or later (, Adobe Acrobat Reader
Internet Connection Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required
Speakers Required
Monitor Capable of at least 1024 x 768 resolution

Internet Connection

Access to a reliable internet connection is required.

Problems with internet access are not valid excuses for late, missing, or incomplete coursework.

If students encounter problems with their internet connection while working on this course, it is their responsibility to find an alternative internet access point, such as a public library.