Esri provides GIS (Geographic Information System) software for both the desktop computer and for online use, as well as free instructional courses in topics about using their software and about GIS in general. Working with GIS is useful across a wide range of disciplines, not just for viewing maps but for transforming, analyzing, manipulating, and modeling geographic data.
The site license for Esri ArcGIS software is provided as a common good to CU-Boulder, and no direct fees are involved for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Download the ArcGIS Desktop installer and the provisioning/license file. (Faculty & Staff only; CU-Boulder username and IdentiKey password are required.)