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


How will my class be structured in the Spring?
Banner has been updated to reflect changes to courses. For additional information about the course, contact the professor.

Labs and Software

Are the department labs open?
No, both department labs are closed until further notice.

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 (