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Geology and geography department gets prestigious listing, provides first-class resources for students

April 15, 2003

Austin Peays department of geology and geography has been listed on the Environmental Systems Research Institutes Web site.

The departments Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses are listed alongside those of such institutions as Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, Penn State, Purdue and others.
April 15, 2003

Austin Peay's department of geology and geography has been listed on the Environmental Systems Research Institute's Web site.

The department's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses are listed alongside those of such institutions as Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, Penn State, Purdue and others.

ESRI is the main producer and international leader of GIS software, GIS development and national/international GIS research and is viewed as a market leader in GIS, with thousands of users in a variety of organizations worldwide. APSU has been using ESRI's software for more than five years. Because of the University's agreement with ESRI, students can use the most advanced, up-to-date GIS software in the computer lab for class exercises and projects.

Another resource available for students through the APSU geology and geography department is the Clarksville-Montgomery County GIS Center, an entity created as part of an agreement between the City of Clarksville, Montgomery County and APSU. The Center began as a response to the state of Tennessee's initial effort to convert statewide hard copy paper maps to digital format based on data supplied to the Montgomery County Tax Assessor's Office. At the same time, the Tennessee State Planning Office began its efforts to develop a geographic information systems database for all 95 counties. This effort began with a focus on several counties, including Montgomery County.

The CMCGIS Center serves as an educational training enhancement for students majoring in environmental geography and geology. Students are involved in real-life research projects within the city and county. Through the partnerships that make the Center possible, student internships also are available with local city and county government departments.