About

GIS Fundamentals

GIS Fundamentals has been used at hundreds of institutions by more than 200,000 students on four continents.

In 2002, Paul Bolstad set about writing a comprehensive, accessible, and reasonably-priced textbook for his students. He was motivated by the too-high price and incomplete coverage of GIS books then on the market. He discovered that a self-published, gray-scale paperback would be one-third the cost of a typical textbook, and has been gratified by the widespread adoption of his text. Now in the Seventh Edition, students and instructors use GIS Fundamentals because the text has continued to deliver on these basic ideas.

Paul is a Professor in Forestry Resources at the University of Minnesota, with over 35 years teaching, researching, and applying GIS. He has over 250 publications and presentations, work that has been cited more than 15,000 times. He has directly taught more than 5,000 students in his university-level GIS courses.


Steven Manson joined Paul in writing the Seventh Edition. He is Professor in Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota, with over 20 years teaching and researching in GIS. He has over 100 publications and presentations, work that has been cited almost 9000 times. He has taught thousands of students in his GIS courses.

Photo credits: Bolstad, Manson and unsplash contributors Akshay Chauhan (desks), Arlington Research (workers), Jason Goodman (students), Desola Lanre-Ologun (students on computer), Mimi Thian (students in lab), Dom Fou (lecture hall), Artem Maltsev (hands)