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Geography & Planning Department

GIS Software and Support

Butte 501 Lab Access Instructions and Schedule

The Butte 501 lab schedule for Fall 2020 can be found here.

Instruction for remotely accessing the Butte 501 lab can be found here.

Make appointment for GIS support

For general GIS consulting or support, please use the link below to schedule a time with Peter Hansen - GIS Specialist.  Appointments have a lead time of 4 hours.

ArcGIS Installation Instructions

ArcGIS Pro 2.5.1 and/or ArcMap 10.8 is available for academic use by staff, faculty, and students of CSU, Chico. Unfortunately, ArcGIS products exist only on the Windows platform. Esri does not make a Mac version of ArcGIS.

For Faculty and Staff

For staff and faculty users on a state provided computer, please install ArcGIS Pro and/or ArcGIS 10.x from the Software Center.

  1. On Windows
    1. Click the Windows Start button
    2. Scroll to Microsoft System Center and click
    3. Select Software Center
    4. Install ArcGIS Pro 2.5.1 and/or ArcMap 10.8 

For Students

  1. Downloading and installing ArcGIS Pro 2.5.1:
    1. Browse to and click the “Download” button at top right to download all the files in a .zip folder
    2. Unzip the install folders to a location of your choice
    3. Double click and install each file in this order:
      1. ArcGISPro_25_172639
      2. ArcGIS_Pro_251_173949
  2. Licensing the Software
    1. The licensing is authenticated through GeoChico Online which is CSU, Chico’s ArcGIS Online space.
    2. You must be a member of GeoChico Online to obtain licensing access.
      1. If you are not a member of GeoChico Online, please email Peter Hansen at to request access
    3. If you are not prompted to sign into ArcGIS Online at ArcGIS Pro startup, click on the sign-in prompt at the upper right hand of the software screen


  1. ArcGIS 10.7
    1. Please contact Peter @ to request access to software and licensing for ArcGIS 10.7 access.