Geography & Planning COVID-19 Updates

Geography and Planning COVID-19 Updates

The Department of Geography and Planning remains dedicated to supporting the campus population. We are actively practicing social distancing, which means we remain open for business but we are limiting the number of students, faculty, and staff on campus. At this time, we are currently working to provide assistance virtually or by phone. Please contact our office at or 828-262-3000 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

For university-wide information, see App State Coronavirus Information. For department-specific information, please review the following information.

Last Updated: January 2021


When is the final day to drop a class in Spring 2021?
The last day to drop a first-half, second-half, or full semester class OR to withdraw from the university for Spring 2021 is Wednesday, April 21, 2021. All drops processed by April 21 will not count as career drops. For more information, visit

How will my class be structured in the Summer and Fall 2021?
The Summer Session I and II course schedules are currently available to view on Banner. Fall courses will be posted on Banner by the beginning of the registration period for Fall 2021 (April 1st, 2021).

Labs and Software

Are the department labs open?
No, both department labs are closed until further notice. We anticipate reopening the labs in Fall 2021.

Can I access the lab software remotely?
Yes, but the professor of your course must request access on your behalf. To access uDesk, navigate to Enter your university credentials, then select Geography & Planning GPU (includes ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, ENVI, Erdas Imagine).

Is ArcGIS available on the library computers?
Yes, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro are available on the computers in Belk Library. Belk Library's hours are available here:

How do I install and license ArcGIS on my personal computer?
ESRI products, including ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro, are available for free to students, faculty, and staff (Note: ArcGIS is only compatible with Windows.). For additional information, visit If you have specific questions, contact Lauren Andersen (

How do I access ESRI Trainings?
ESRI Trainings ( are a great way to pass the time while building your knowledge of ArcGIS. For access to ESRI Trainings, complete the webform at For course recommendations, contact Lauren Andersen (