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About Us: Facilities

Rooms and Resources

Field research laboratoryField Research Laboratory

The field research laboratory includes field equipment ranging from compasses and measuring tapes to GPS units and a total station; a rock saw and polishers for preparing rock specimens; a mechanical shaker and sieves for grain-size analysis; a drying oven and electronic balance for soil sampling; a flume and wave-tank for lab simulations; and workspace for student research.

GIS LaboratoryGeospatial Analysis Laboratory

This computer laboratory is well-equipped for computer cartography, GIS, geospatial data analysis and word-processing. The lab includes 29 work stations, two laser printers (black and white, as well as color), a scanner, and up-to-date software for mapping and other projects.

Map libraryMap Library

A variety of over 8,000 local, national, and international maps in print are available in the department's map library, a USGS repository, located in the North Hall basement near the Science Building. Maps available include topographic maps, ocean floor maps, geologic maps, and stereo photos. To search for maps, try out our new Online Catalog and contact with any questions or concerns.

weather stationWeather Station

The department runs the meteorological instruments and data-logging of the on-campus weather station, which itself is located on the DeVos field on the east side of campus. Monthly reports dating back to 2001 are available online Here.


The department maintains two seismographs for recording vertical and horizontal ground movement.




ammonite collectionTeaching Laboratories

The teaching laboratories house an impressive collection of rock, mineral, and fossil specimens used within classes and labs.