Facilities and Equipment

The Department of Geoscience boasts an impressive array of analytical and field equipment for student use in coursework and faculty-supervised student research projects. Students in our program routinely use geotechnical equipment that is typically only found in graduate-level departments and in industry. This hands-on training and experience provides our students a competitive edge in the job market and graduate school.

Our Facilities and Equipment Include:

  • Thin section preparation lab
  • Nikon petrographic microscopes
  • Sontek FlowTracker Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter
  • Hach SensION156 Multi-parameter meters
  • DR2400 Spectrophotometer
  • 12-channel Geode seismic system
  • AGI SuperSting Earth Resistivity Imager
  • Trimble GeoExplorer XT GPS mapping units
  • Nikon reflectorless pulse-laser Total Stations
  • 25-seat GIS computing facility
  • Sediment Transport and River Studies (STaRS) flume lab with research flume and stream tables
  • Observatory with a 12-inch Meade RCX400 reflecting telescope with photographic capabilities
  • Portable 8-inch Meade reflecting telescopes
  • Fossil preparation lab