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Computer Labs

  • Four professional state-of-the-art computer teaching labs
  • One advanced computer lab with industry grade software 
  • Servers with extensive storage capacity, applications distribution and license management
  • Advanced printing with large-format plotters and scanners 


The department maintains extensive software for instructional and research usage:

  • Statistical packages (i.e. SAS, JMP and NTSYS) 
  • 2D and 3D Surface analysis packages (i.e. Surface III, Mapping Contour System, TruFlite and Surfer) 
  • Spatial and remote sensing software (i.e. ARCGIS and Erdas Imagine) 
  • Geological interpretation and modelling software (Petrel, Petra, BasinMod, MOVE, Kingdom Suite)
  • Standard office and graphical software (Microsoft Office, Abobe Creative Suite, etc)

WVU Information Technology Services provides software access to faculty, staff and students through  SLIC Software List.

Wet and Dry Labs 

The department maintains wet labs to support faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in geology and physical geography courses and research work such as geochemistry, stratigraphy and sediment analysis including:

  • Rock cutting and crushing equipment
  • Mineral separation facilities for geochronology
  • Petrographic Microscopes

Research Equipment 

Faculty and student research involves using sophisticated equipment and advanced instrumentation such as coring equipment, flume labs, drones and more. The department also houses the  West Virginia GIS Technical Center and the  Food Justice Lab. Some of our lab facilities are:

Green Roof

The green roof provides a view of downtown Morgantown and the Monongahela River Valley. Built during the 2007 renovation of Brooks Hall, the green roof increases the life of a roof and provide energy savings for the building. It is one of four green roofs at WVU, and the plants are sedums.