The Department of Geosciences has a wide range of equipment for both field work and laboratory analyses. Our major field equipment includes a TOTAL Laser theodolite, high resolution backpack and hand-held GPS systems for detailed topographic surveys, mapping and site location. We also have a ground-pentrating radar system, soil permeameter, electronic current meter, magnetic susceptibility system, a variety of water/sediment sampling instruments, and several coring instruments including vibra-corer, piston and gravity-corers, and soil augers. Our pontoon boat provides access to local lakes. Major laboratory instrumentation includes a laser diffractometer for measuring particle size, an X-ray diffractometer for mineralogy, a suite of petrographic microscopes, sieving, rock cutting, and thin section equipment.
The Geosciences Department currently houses a state-of-the-art Cartography/GIS computer lab with nineteen workstations. All of these stations are equipped with the latest ArcView GIS and Minitab statistical analysis software. Other major Department assets include a seismometer and suite of weather instruments. The Department also is home to an excellent fossil and mineral collection.
Geosciences Department students and faculty are excited to be fully integrated back into an expanded and completely renovated Cooper Science Hall. A 30,000 square foot expansion coupled with the renovation of the existing 90,000 square foot structure provides ample new classroom, laboratory, and office space. The renovation, expansion and technological upgrades have transformed Cooper Hall into the region’s premier, state-of-the-art academic science facility for both faculty and students.