The Western Michigan University Department of Geosciences maintains the following facilities to support research and education.
Aqueous Biogeochemistry Laboratory
Asylum Lake Research and Training Site
The Asylum Lake Research and Training Site was developed by the Department of Geosciences at the Asylum Lake property for course work and advanced graduate study. Most of the geophysical tests, field work and training for the Hydrogeology Field Course is conducted at this site.
Carbonate Petrology and Characterization Laboratory
The Carbonate Petrology and Characterization Laboratory is a collaborative research facility that is directed by Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek. The CPCL, located in Haenicke Hall, is equipped with various laboratory and analytical instruments purposed with investigating the origin and evolution of carbonate rocks and sediments.
Carbonate Sedimentology Laboratory
The Carbonate Sedimentology Laboratory,directed by Dr. William Harrison, is located within the Michigan Geological Repository for research and Education. It comprises of high-end research materials and a student library.
Earth Science Remote Sensing Laboratory
Economic geology Laboratory
The Economic Geology Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Joyashish Thakurta, is a research center for the origin, exploration and characterization of economic mineral deposits. It is located in rooms 3415 and 3421 in Haenicke Hall.
The Geotechnical Laboratory, housed in Haenicke Hall, is comprised of high-end research equipment for studying slope stability, study of soil moisture and engineering characterization of soil.
Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education
Near-surface Geophysics Laboratory
Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum
The Lloyd J. Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum is located on the first floor of Rood Hall and has an impressive display of rocks, minerals and fossils.