Academic Software for Students

The following is a list of software applications that are used by students to complete their coursework.


ArcGIS is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and discovering geographic information, using maps and geographic information in a range of applications, and managing geographic information in a database.  

Only available to NSM (Natural Sciences & Mathematics) students.

See the GIS Lab Technology website for further information.

ERDAS Imagine

ERDAS Imagine provides tools for all remote sensing, photogrammetry, and GIS needs.

Only available to GIS students. Please contact your instructor for access and further information.

JMP (Mac and Windows)

JMP (pronounced "jump") is a suite of computer programs for statistical analysis.

JMP is available for download from PioneerWeb > Resources Tab > IT Help & Resources > Applications/Downloads.
See JMP License Renewal or License Install for licensing renewal or contact IT Help Center at 303-871-4700 for assistance.


Kurzweil 3000 is an educational technology, or assistive technology, which provides a reading, writing and study platform.  Kurzweil 3000 can read aloud web-based, digital, or scanned print material; convert web-based, digital, or scanned print materials into mp3 audible files to listen to on the go; or, through its Firefly web app, can be read on an iPad.  It also allows you to take notes while you read using graphic organizers and has tools that help structure your writing.  Kurzweil is available to all DU students for free.

Email to request a Kurzweil account, then check out these steps for Installing and Using Kurzweil 3000 @ DU.


Wolfram Mathematica is a modern technical computing system spanning most areas of technical computing — including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, visualizations, and others.

See Mathematica for Students for installation instructions.


University of Denver has a Campus-Wide License for MATLAB, Simulink, and add-on products. Faculty, researchers, and students may use these products for teaching, research, and learning. The license allows individuals to install the products on university-owned equipment, as well as personally owned computers.

Get Access through: University of Denver MATLAB Portal

About MATLAB and Simulink 

MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. MathWorks produces nearly 100 additional products for specialized tasks such as data analysis and image processing.

Details for installing and getting started with MATLAB.


Nvivo is a qualitative and mixed methods data analytics application.  


SAS is a statistical software suite for data management, advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, criminal investigation, and predictive analytics. 

SAS is licensed for the University of Denver and can be used for teaching and research purposes only. Our license does not allow SAS to be used for administrative or "business" purposes. University of Denver departments needing analytical software for administrative purposes should contact Institutional Research and inquire about the use of SPSS.

Download SAS University Edition (free version of SAS for use by students).

For more details see SAS Software for Teaching and Research

For more detailed use cases see SAS Options for Teaching and Learning

Spartan 18 and Spartan Student

Spartan is a molecular modeling and computational chemistry application from Wavefunction.

Spartan is available for download from PioneerWeb > Resources Tab > IT Help & Resources > Applications/Downloads.

For more information see Spartan Student Install Instructions for Windows

SPSS Statistics

SPSS is statistical analysis software licensed for University owned PCs and Macs. 

SPSS is available for download from PioneerWeb > Resources Tab > IT Help & Resources > Applications/Downloads.

For more information see DU Software - SPSS Statistics (Academic Use)

Starry Night College

Starry Night College Astronomy and Earth Science software is an Interactive Sky Simulator.

Only available to Physics Lab students. Please contact your instructor for more information.


Stata is a powerful statistical software that enables users to analyze, manage, and produce graphical visualizations of data.

Instructions for downloading Stata


Zoom provides enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.

Log in to with your DU email and PioneerWeb password.  You will be prompted to download the device-appropriate app.