CASA’s mission is to facilitate the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial data, and related techniques (such as cartography, remote sensing, and spatial analysis) within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

CASA supports and develops research projects and encourages the wider use of GIS and related techniques in the social sciences through collaboration on grants, demonstration, training, teaching and internships.

CASA operates in the following areas:


  • Form research partnerships with faculty, staff, and students within SBS
  • Perform GIS analysis for faculty and staff on a contract basis


  • Participate in the development and implementation of core GIS curriculum at the University of Arizona
  • Provide formal and informal GIS software training within SBS
  • Train research assistants and interns


  • Develop and maintain libraries of social science spatial data and metadata
  • Develop custom applications to serve common data processing requirements in SBS, e.g. data subsetting, data normalization, and data delivery
  • Provide expert GIS assistance to faculty, staff, and students within SBS
  • Provide access to GIS software and hardware (as space permits)