Welcome to GIS @ Berkeley

Welcome to the GIS @ Berkeley website. Our mission is to coordinate GIS activities - classes, talks, workshops, jobs, experience - across the UC Berkeley campus. GIS can be used in so many of the research fields that Berkeley excels and consequently there are many departments on campus that offer GIS resources. This website can serve as a clearinghouse for all of these diverse and related efforts.

GIS @ Berkeley

GIS @ Berkeley

Geographic information science and technology, along with geostatistics and analysis of satellite imagery, have emerged as major cross-disciplinary tools used in academic research, industrial applications, and public policy analysis. This is especially true on the Berkeley campus. Students, faculty and staff across campus are using these technologies to understand how plants and animals might respond to climate change, how the built environment might influence public health, and how land use is changing in the tropics. Adding these skills to your undergraduate or graduate program can help you get a job, or can help you delve into new areas of research. We built this website to provide access to the many distributed GIS opportunities on the Berkeley campus.

  • For more on people doing work with GIS on campus, please see the Profiles link. Here you can read from students, faculty and staff about their work with geospatial technology.
  • For information on courses to take at Berkeley see the GIS Courses link.
  • If you are an undergraduate, and are interested in getting a Minor in GIS, please see the GIST Minor link.
  • NEW!! If you are a graduate student, and want to graduate with a Certificate in GIST, please see the Grad Certificate link, which has just been approved (Dec 2013): More on this in the spring.

Geographical Information Systems

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize spatial data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends.  Learn more about GIS at Berkeley.

Remote Sensing

Remote sensing allows us to view and analyze the earth's processes over large spaces and through time. Learn more about remote sensing at Berkeley


Web mapping can help us distribute our research results, and allows us to collect and analyze valuable information from the public. Learn more about webGIS at Berkeley.


Geostatistics are powerful analytical tools to understand spatial patterning in our data. Learn more about geostatistics at Berkeley.

Global Positioning Systems

GPS a space-based system that provides location and time information in all weather and at all times and anywhere on the Earth with unobstructed line of sight to 4 or more GPS satellites.