The Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) is an interdisciplinary GIS program at William and Mary. We provide access to common GIS & RS software packages as well as providing support for those who prefer to use open-source alternatives. We also have GIS equipment, such as a map plotter and large format scanners.

The CGA offers undergraduate GIS classes in Geology, Environmental Science, Anthropology, Health Science, Public Policy, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Biology as well as offering marine science graduate instruction at VIMS. We have a 14-seat GIS lab housed in a 2000ft2 purpose-built teaching and researching facility within Swem Library. 

The CGA employs two full-time faculty members with expertise in GIS and Remote Sensing. We also partner with other GIS faculty across campus including Matthias Leu (geostatistics, ecology, biology), Greg Hancock (geology, river processes, erosion), Dorothy Ibes (urban science, sustainability, public space), and numerous other faculty and staff that incorporate GIS into their research and teaching.

The CGA is supported with grants from Mellon, NSF, and internal awards.

CGA Goals
  • Promoting the use of GIS across the entire W&M community.
  • Providing the resources and support required for students and faculty to incorporate GIS into their research.
  • Assisting faculty in incorporating GIS into their teaching.
  • Expanding and enhancing GIS offerings to W&M students and faculty.
  • Equipping students with the GIS skills, knowledge, and connections to pursue GIS careers upon graduation.
  • Delivering a quality and current GIS curriculum to W&M students and staff.
  • Recognizing the role of GIS in contributing to the development and implementation of sound environmental policies.
  • Creating a synergistic research center that encourages multidisciplinary activities and research.