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NRAC faculty and staff teach WVU academic courses, summer courses, seminars, and professional development short courses. NRAC has also provided guest lectures for WVU classes in soil science, wildlife, forestry, landscape architecture, and recreation and parks.


NRAC develops and leads customized professional GIS training workshops for a variety of audiences. Workshop topics include introductory GIS use, as well as GIS for specific fields such as watershed and hydrological analysis. Over 600 professionals from West Virginia and the surrounding region have received GIS short course training from NRAC.

For more information on custom training development for your organization, please contact us at or 304-293-5379.


Online: Graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

FOR 326: Remote Sensing of the Environment.Introduction to remote sensing as a tool in natural resource management, focused on forestry applications. Spring and Summer semesters.

RESM 440: Foundations of Applied GIS. An introductory course designed to provide the necessary background and techniques to use GIS technology to analyze and solve spatial problems. An emphasis is placed on acquisition, management, and manipulation of spatial data. Fall, Spring, Summer semesters.

RESM 441: Applied GIS in the Natural Sciences. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve problems in environmental and natural resource management. Spring and Summer semesters.

RESM 442: Applied GIS in the Social Sciences. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to address issues in the social sciences, including the use of demographic and census data, business applications, and elementary spatial statistics. Summer semester.

RESM 444: Advanced GIS (in development). Provides advanced training using GIS to address spatial issues in natural resource management and social science. Future offering.

RESM 493B: Drones in Natural Resource Management. An intensive 3 week course introducing drone flight operations, FAA compliance, and remote sensing of natural resources. Hands-on flight experience with unmanned aerial vehicles. Summer semester.

RESM 540: Geospatial Modeling. This course presents the fundamental methods for analyzing spatial data statistically, and demonstrates the implementation and analysis of spatial models. Fall and Summer semesters.

RESM 545: Spatial Hydrology and Watershed Analysis. Introduction to applied spatial hydrology using GIS; integrates statistical modeling and terrain analysis, provides insight into water quality and quantity analysis for local and regional watershed scales. Spring and Summer semesters.

RESM 575. Spatial Analysis. This interdisciplinary course develops and applies advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis skills for natural resource and environmental management. Spring and Summer semesters.

ENLM 493A: GIS Skills for Energy Land Management. This course provides students with the fundamental GIS skills to solve problems directly related to Energy Land Management and real-world challenges in the planning, acquisition and development of petroleum/natural gas resource plays. Limited to ELM majors, Fall semesters.


WVU students, faculty, and staff may take Esri e-learning courses online at no charge. See complete listing of available online classes in the online catalog from Esri here. For more information and to access courses, contact Jackie Strager.