Research and Educational Facilities

Teaching Lab Schedules

The following lab sections are utilizing the computers in GM 103C and/or GM 103B during the spring 2021 term. Class use of computers has priority at these times.


  • Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET section (EPS/ESE 109)  
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET section (EPS/ESE 109)  
  • Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET section (EPS/ESE 109) 


General Facilities


The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) is housed partly in the Hoffman Laboratory of Experimental Geology, which is directly connected with department classrooms and offices in the Geological Museum on Oxford Street. Some of the atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography are housed in Pierce Hall, just across Oxford Street from Hoffman Laboratory. Biological oceanography and paleontology are housed in the Geological Museum, with direct connection through the museum to the parts of the department housed in Hoffman...

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Microscope Lab

The EPS Microscope Lab located in Science Center lab room 314b features 8 high-powered Oympus BH-2 polarizing microscopes, one of which is fitted with a camera that can project images on a widescreen monitor via a laptop hookup. Additionally the room houses a large thin section collection and interpretive signage to assist with teaching the microscopic identification of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks as well as specific individual minerals. Lastly, the room contains a tall double-tiered cabinet where permanent lab sets can be assembled and stored, as well as lockable mounted...

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Teaching Lab and Collections

The EPS Teaching Labs and EPS Teaching Collections are located in rooms 312, 314, 314a, 314b, and 314d of the Harvard Science Center. These rooms may be reserved by professors and teaching fellows for lab sections of EPS or allied Gen Ed courses.

The EPS Teaching Collections consist of thousands of rock, mineral, and fossil samples as well as...

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