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Environmental Geographic Information Systems Laboratory

Welcome to the Environmental Geographic Information Systems Laboratory (EGIS) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The EGIS lab in the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources is a computer-assisted instructional laboratory designated for students university-wide who take courses in digital earth, geographic information systems (GIS), computer cartography, geovisualization, remote sensing (RS), and applied geography. This lab continues to draw many undergraduate students across the university from diverse academic disciplines. Undoubtedly, there is a growing trend in the use of GIS and related technologies across different domains such as federal governments, businesses, public health, emergency response and relief agencies, cellular networks etc. at the national and international levels. SIUC students with skills from the laboratory often end up with placement in the job market.


The Department of Geography and Environmental Resources manages EGIS in Faner 2524 on the second floor, Section C of Faner Hall.

GIS Outlook

According to the Big Book of Jobs, 2009–2010 (McGraw-Hill Editors, 2008) and the 2010–2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010), knowledge and expertise of GIS and Remote Sensing continue to enhance employment opportunities for a wide range of professions, including Surveyors, Cartographers, Photogrammetrists, GIS specialists, Geospatial Intelligence Analysts, Hydrologists, Environmental Scientists, Disaster and Homeland Security Managers, and Geoscientists. Moreover, the widespread availability and use of geospatial technologies, such as GPS, GIS, and remote sensing, will continue to increase both the accuracy and productivity of these workers, resulting in modest overall growth in employment. Furthermore, GIS technology is currently assisting in post Oil Spill remediation and recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast Region. GIS, GPS, remote sensing and related technologies have been and will continue to be among the strongest of all job markets in the U.S. and in many other countries currently and in the future as well.