Geological Sciences


Facilities & Equipment

Microscopy Laboratory

The Microscopy Laboratory is dedicated to student and faculty research. Includes workstations for fluid inclusion microthermometry, palynology, and petrography. For information, contact Dr. Mark Evans.
Microscope Laboratory

  • Leica DM-2500 research trincular petrographic microscope with UV and reflected light capability, Nikon 990 digital camera
  • Nikon Labophot 2-pol binocular polarizing microscope
  • Leitz Laborlux 12-pol binocular polarizing microscope
  • Accu-scope inverted reflectance microscope
  • Linkham heating-freezing fluid inclusion stage, plus controllers and liquid nitrogen dewar
  • Two Bausch and Lomb research grade binocular stereo microscopes
  • Assorted microscope objectives, including long-working distance and oil immersion, darkfield illuminator, quartz accessory plates, etc.
  • Two Leitz five-axis universal stages
Sample Preparation Laboratory

Includes equipment used for preparing rock and mineral samples for petrographic and microthermometric analysis. For information, contact Dr. Mark Evans.
Prep Lab

  • Buehler Thin sectioning system
  • Buehler Ecomet 3000 grinder polisher and Buehler grinder polisher
  • 10" rock trim saw and 24" rock saw
  • Sediment sieve shakers and Ro-tap sediment sieve shaker with assorted sieves
  • Hydraulic rock splitter
  • 15 inch vibrating lap and 24 inch vibrating lap
  • Apparatus for heavy liquid separation
Hydrogeology/Geochemistry Laboratory

The Hydrogeology/Geochemistry Lab is both a research and teaching laboratory. It is used to investigate water quality and to prepare soil and sediment samples for geochemical analysis.  For information, contact Dr. Oluyinka Oyewumi.

  • NEW: Milestone DMA-80, Direct Mercury Analyzer
  • NEW: ThermoFisher Inductively-Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer for parts per billion elemental analysis
  • Low temperature oven
  • Thermolyne muffle oven
  • CEM microwave digester
  • ThermoScientiic Barnstead Smart2Pure 3 water purification system
  • Shimadzu high-pressure liquid chromatograph with ion chromatograph
  • Ohaus microgram electronic balance and Mettler PC4400 electronic balance
  • Water quality testing kits, Hach pH meter, Hach conductivity meter, and Dissolved Oxygen/Conductivity meter with 50 foot cable, field spectrophotometer. 
Sedimentology Laboratory

The sedimentology laboratory is used to investigate the origin and composition of sediments and sedimentary rocks. For information, contact Dr. Michael Wizevich.

  • Sensors and Software Ground Penetrating Radar unit with Smart Cart, 100Mhz and 250 Mhz antennas
  • Rigaku Miniflex II benchtop X-ray diffraction unit
  • Malvern Mastersizer sediment size analyzer
  • Sediment sample splitters
  • Leica DM-EP trinocular Petrographic microscope with accessory plates, Nikon 995 digital camera
  • Six workstations with groundwater modeling and geochemistry software
  • Mettler PC4400 electronic balance
  • Radiation Solutions RS-230 hand-held spectrometer
Computer Laboratory

Computer Lab

The computer laboratory is used by numerous Geological Sciences classes and labs.

  • 24 PC workstations plus teaching station and projector system
  • Software includes the Microsoft suite, Adobe suite, ArcGIS, Rockworks
  • HP 44 inch Designjet printer-plotter

100 seats and a 35 foot dome. Equipped with Spitz 512 Planetarium instrument in a 35 foot in diameter dome to simulate the night sky  for astronomy demonstrations. Video data projection system for planetarium presentations. Separate, portable, video data projection system available for normal classroom and lecture use within the planetarium.  The Planetarium host over 5000 people per year for shows. Please the Planetarium web page for announcements. For information, contact Mr. Robert (Craig) Robinson.


The Observatory is located on top of Copernicus Hall and houses a Group 128 16-inch Cassegrain telescope with an Equatorial mount and Drive system to track in right ascension. It is occasionally open for public viewing. Please the Observatory web page for announcements. For information, contact Dr. Kristine Larsen.

  • 10 inch Meade LX 200 GPS equipped Schmidt Cassegrain telescope with equatorial wedge and counter weight system for CCD photography. Mount is computerized with go-to capabilities.
  • 13 inch Newtonian Reflector mounted on a Dobsonian alti-azimuth mount.
  • 8 inch Newtonian Reflector mounted on a Dobsonian alti-azimuth mount.
  • 5 inch Orion Refractor mounted on a German Equatorial mount.
  • Coronado 60mm PST solar telescope for daytime observations of the Sun.
  • 6 inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope on equatorial wedge mount with solar filter binocular mount and three pairs of binoculars
  • Santa Barbara Instrument and Meade Instrument astronomical CCD digital imagers.
  • Group 128 16 inch Cassegrain telescope with an Equatorial mount and Drive system to track in right ascension.
Miscellaneous Equipment
  • Pomeroy diamond rock drill and core orienting device
  • USGS style AA and Mini current flow meters with Digimeter digital readout
  • Auger soil/sediment sampler
  • Schmidt hammer
  • 15 Leica DM-EP binocular Petrographic microscopes for Mineralogy and Petrology classes
  • 24 Leica 240EZ binocular student stereo microscopes
  • Extensive mineralogy, petrology, and paleontology collections
  • Field equipment including: hard hats, Brunton compasses, Day-glow vests, day-glow highway cones, first aid kits, rock hammers, sledge hammers, and assorted chisels
  • Surveying rods, Jacob staffs, hand levels, 100 m and 50 m tapes, multiple Garmin GPS units.