Our modern, well-equipped labs in the Jepson Science Center include petrographic microscopes, a x-ray diffractometer, a scanning electron microscope (see photo at right), and a magnetic susceptibility instrument, and many other instruments for geologic research. In addition, our faculty and students regularly work with analytical instruments (e.g. mass spectrometers, atomic emission spectrometers, etc.) in the Chemistry Department, also located in the Jepson Science Center.
In the fall of 2019 our department will move into a greatly expanded area in the new Jepson Addition, where we will have new, fully-equipped labs for mineralogy, petrology, sedimentary geology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, environmental chemistry, as well as student computer lab equipped with the latest GIS software.
We also possess a complete collection of geologic field equipment, including GPS instruments, surveying equipment, rock and soil coring drills, research boats, sediment coring devices (see photo above right), and an elecronic sub-bottom profiler. Our newest research boat is shown below.