Mapping Applications and Resource Center

Welcome to the Mapping Applications and Resource Center

July 1st, 2017, the Mid-America Remote sensing Center (MARC) was rechristened as the "Mapping Applications and Resource Center." Geospatial technologies have progressed in fantastic ways since MARC was originally founded in 1979. Our renaming is to better communicate the variety of spatial endeavors Murray State University faculty, staff, and student engage in and the services we offer. Remote sensing of the environment will always be an important component of our educational and research efforts but we encompass many more spatial technologies, methods, and techniques.

MARC is the heart of geospatial education for Murray State University and surrounding community. We invite all to engage with MARC to further your education in one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the North America and Europe: geospatial technologies.

MARC supports the use of Esri ArcGIS products on campus. Murray State/MARC partners with Kentucky's Council on Post-secondary Education (CPE) and Esri to help bring the industry-leading geospatial software products to Murray State.

Get Esri and ArcGIS

Current support level of ArcGIS for Desktop:
The current level of software support is ArcGIS Desktop 10.7 and ArcGIS Pro 2.x. We do support earlier versions, if needed. We also support ArcGIS Online, Esri's Business Analyst, and Esri's Community Analyst products.

Student Edition licenses of ArcGIS for Desktop are available from MARC for free. Send an email to to request a license. The Student Edition is a fully-functional version of Esri's ArcGIS Desktop, the same version used in computer labs around campus. The Student Edition comes with the core GIS product, plus Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, and Geostatistical Analyst. The license does time-out after 1-year, but a renewal license can be requested.

Get Trained

The statewide license agreement between CPE and Esri provides a number of Esri Academy online courses for free. The Esri course offering changes frequently, so posting a course is list here will eventually be out-of-date. For a current list of courses, I refer interested people to the Esri Academy.

We also support Hexagon-ERDAS Imagine

MARC also supports Hexagon-ERDAS Imagine Professional image processing software. Murray State/MARC does not have a campus-wide license for Imagine, so users must be enrolled in one of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences remote sensing courses to gain access to the software.

For students, we do have a limited number of student licenses. Requests for the licenses must be initiated by the course professor or faculty/staff mentor.

Need A Map?

MARC encourages all Murray State University campus administrative offices and academic areas to approach us with mapping needs. We provide custom mapping and associated cartographic and graphic services. Our products can be customized for a wide variety of projects and publications. We have produced content for the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Center for Adult and Regional Education, Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS), Facilities Management, and the Murray State Police Department. If your project requires a mapping component or could use a eye-catching map graphic, contact us and we will consult with you on your project. 

For specific questions about MARC services and opportunities, please contact our Coordinator of GIS:

Mr. Michael Busby
Mapping Applications Resource Center
410 Blackburn Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: (270) 809-4120

For general inquiries about MARC or questions about degree programs, please contact the chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences:

Dr. Robin Zhang
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
334 Blackburn Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Office: (270) 809-2591
Or, email Dr. Zhang at