Welcome to GIS at Calvin University!

Our GIS courses train students in foundations and advanced techniques in the state-of-the-art.

TAKE GEO 261 Introduction to GIS and Cartography ONLINE at Calvin University!

Using ArcGIS and Erdas Imagine, our geospatial courses educate students in GIS analysis. We host multiple GIS servers on campus for education training of students. In addition, we have wonderful facilities to learn and grow in GIS education. Students in several different majors/minors take courses in mapping from the GEO Department at Calvin, including Archaeology, Biology, Business, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, History, International Development, Pre-Architecture, and Urban Studies.

GIS Online Apps

Access Online | This Story Map illustrates industrial change in Grand Rapids, from the heyday of the "Furniture City" to the city's current postindustrial redevelopments.

Access Online | This Story Map explores the fate of former industrial land in Flint by examining three sites that were once GM manufacturing facilities: Buick City, Delphi Flint East, and Chevy Commons.

Access Online | The Liberia Mapping System v2.1, documents the geography and transformation of Liberia through clean water. You can interact, observe, and analyze a variety of geographical data on Liberia, including historical Demographic Health Survey data of Liberia, along with Clean Water Initiative data. Bolt GM, Jansen M, Koeman JL, & JE VanHorn. (2018). Previous version 1.0 was authored by VanHorn JE, L. Blanche, S. Haase, and TS Nam (2017).

Access Online | The returning citizen services application is designed for users to connect with and access local reentry services in Grand Rapids, MI. This application was created at Calvin University in geography and political science with funding provided by the Henry Institute.

Access Online | Live in the USA but don't know your neighborhood geography? An interactive map of demographic and economic data in the USA.

Access Online | A full interactive mapping platform dedicated to Plaster Creek learning, research, and restoration. Maps, History, Images, and Video all dedicated to learning about Plaster Creek.

Access Online | An interactive map to explore dunes in Michigan. Include drawing, add data to the map, elevation profiles, geocoding, and several layers of imagery and vector data.

Access Online | An interactive journal map to explore multiple aspects of dunes in Michigan! (Currently in development stage).

Access Online | An interactive map of all the trees on campus that are a diameter of 4 inches or more on campus.

Access Online | Over 90 acres of temperate deciduous forest, wetlands and old fields await your exploration on the campus of Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich. While you're here, visit the Bunker Interpretive Center, a LEED-certified facility used for environmental education.

Access Online | (Including the Kurdish Conflict Dataset (KCD))

Access Online | gis.calvin.edu

Access Online | prod-gis.calvin.edu