Teaching Classrooms and Laboratories
The Department of Geosciences is home to four small to medium sized classrooms, one lecture hall, one upper division geology lab, and one general education geology lab. Collectively, these classrooms and laboratories seat almost 300 students. Each is equipped with internet access and digital projection technology. The upper division geology lab contains an extensive mineral, rock, and fossil teaching collection, as well as student petrographic and binocular microscopes.
A twenty station student computer lab is available to all Geosciences majors. In addition to providing basic computer hardware and software access, the lab is used to teach computer-intensive courses such as Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.
The Geospatial Research center, located in DSB 227, was started in 2011-12 by a $150,000 allocation from the Office of the University Provost. The lab is under the direction of Dr. Henrique Momm and Zada Law. The Geospatial Research Center serves as a regional and campus resource for GIS-based research and contract services.
Funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the x-ray fluorescence spectrometer and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer laboratories serve as both instructional and research facilities. The labs are under the direction of Dr. Warner Cribb.
Since moving from Kirksey Old Main to the renovated Davis Science Building, the department has gained several communal spaces for students to get together for study and socializing. One of these, 'The Fishbowl' has a mini-fridge and microwave for lunch.
Through the MTSU Walker Library, students have access to a comprehensive range of geosciences books, journals and electronic publications.