Facilities and Equipments

  Introductory Geology Lab

The introductory geology lab contains the department’s collections of minerals, rocks, fossils, and maps used in introductory geology courses, along with rock and mineral displays and 6 computers for student use. The lab is used for lab sections of Physical Geology and Historical Geology.

Mineralogy and Petrology Lab

Used for lecture and lab sections of Mineralogy, and Petrology.  Houses the department’s teaching collections of minerals, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.  There are 16 binocular scopes and 12 petrographic microscopes used by students in Mineralogy and Petrology.  There is a Leica binocular and a Nikon petrographic scope coupled to a camera for displaying images.  This lab, shared with the Biology department, is in the process of acquiring Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).  This equipment will be available to students taking Mineralogy and Petrology and for faculty-student research. Several large boom-arm binocular microscopes, many small binocular dissecting scopes, 2 high end digital cameras are also available through Natural History Museum.


paleo lab

Paleontology Lab

There are two paleontology Laboratories, one on campus, and the other in the ETSU Natural History Museum at Gray.  The lab on campus is for vertebrate paleontology classes and houses the osteological teaching collection which includes all major vertebrate groups, but primarily focuses on amphibians, reptiles and mammals. In addition, the lab contains a processing area for modern specimens (for the osteological research collection), including a dermestid colony and several processing stations, which provide excellent opportunities for comparative anatomy exercises. The lab at the Natural History Museum houses all of the fossil preparation equipment and material needed for the Museum's growing fossil collection. Highlights include an enclosed internal room for molding and casting, 4 air scribes, large hand-held grinder, 2 fume hoods with acid resistant glass, over-head dust collection system with 5 drop down hoses, several campus network ports, and easy ground-level access to the Gray Fossil Site.

Sedimentology Lab

sed lab


Engineering Geology Lab

The equipments are available to students taking Engineering Geology and for faculty-student research.  The lab includes separate equipment for soil mechanics and rock mechanics.  The soil mechanics lab has the facility to test the engineering behavior and fundamental properties of soil.  The lab include equipment like specific gravity and grain-size distribution kits, Atterburg Limit test kits, Direct shear machine, Consolidation test apparatus, and Soil Permeability test apparatus.  Its field operation unit has a full range of tools for sampling soils, measuring in-situ strength, and soil moisture.  The Rock Mechanics Laboratory has facilities to determine engineering properties of rocks and rock aggregates required for research and practice.  Laboratory is capable of determining slake durability index properties of weak rocks, and Compressive strength of rocks.

Hydrology Lab  The ETSU Department of Geosciences Hydrology Lab supports graduate and undergraduate research in karst hydrology, and groundwater and surface water hydrology. The lab supports lab activities in upper level and graduate hydrology classes. Current research activities include an investigation of the hydrogeology of the Morrell's Cave springshed, and groundwater hydrology of the Valleybrook facility.

The Hydrology Lab is equipped with a Shimadzu RF-5301PC spectrofluorphotometer, two centrifuges, and a fume hood. Field equipment on hand includes: a groundwater pump and water level meter for pump tests and well studies; two ISCO samplers for water sampling; ten turbidity kits and ten dissolved oxygen kits for stream sampling; a flow meter; a conductivity meter; and multiple sets of waders.


The major software used for GIS and cartography courses is ArcGIS 10.1,
which is the industry standard.  The lab uses the Advanced (ArcInfo)
license level of ArcGIS 10.1 and all major extensions are available at this license level (e.g., Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Network Analyst, Tracking Analyst, etc.).  Additional software is also available including Google Earth, ENVI (remote sensing), SPSS for statistical analyses, Adobe Creative Suite for photo/map editing and other purposes, and a collection of open source/freeware that can be utilized for geospatial and/or geostatistical analyses (e.g., GeoDa, CrimeStat).


Remote Sensing Lab

The Remote Sensing lab is equipped with ASD Spectroradiometer (ASD FieldSpec Pro JR) to measure crop reflectance, and AccuPAR Ceptometer (AccuPAR LP-80) to measure the photosynthetically active radiation from the plants.


Computer Lab

For any questions regarding the lab, please contact Crystal Nelson at 439-7516 or see her in Ross Hall 322.

The computer lab is open different hours each semester and offers free printing to all students. 

The department also offers a GIS help lab every semester.

The current hours of operation and GIS help lab are located outside the computer lab.

 computer lab


Rock Preparation Lab

Located on the lower level of Hutchenson Hall, The Rock Preparation Lab contains equipment for preparing rocks for study.  Equipment includes a 24 inch rock saw a trim saw and a thin section machine.