Field stations, equipment and facilities
Exciting new research facilities
The Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RCIS) will be home to the Geological Sciences department from mid-late 2017. Geology will occupy teaching, research and support space in the centre, which will enable the delivery of cutting-edge science teaching, supported by state-of-the-art audio-visual and laboratory equipment.
When completed, UC will have some of the best science facilities in the southern hemisphere. The campus environment will provide a truly inspiring experience for all our students and staff. The RSIC is a unique opportunity to develop its science learning and teaching in new directions which will increase the employability of our science graduates.
Equipment and laboratories
Geological Sciences has well-equipped teaching and research laboratories, extensive computer facilities, and electronic and mechanical workshops, and will enjoy the use of custom-built teaching and research facilities from mid to late 2017.
The Department maintains significant collections of rocks, minerals, geochemical concentrates, macro- and microfossils. Some parts of the collection are of national significance and as such, impose some statutory obligations on the Department with respect to protection and access. Find out more.
UC's field stations are well placed for research and teaching in the South Island's diverse and dynamic environment. Our undergraduates and postgraduates benefit from these resources and the learning and research opportunities they provide.
The West Coast is a geological wonderland, and UC's facility in Westport is well placed to explore both rock forms and unique ecology.
The Cass Basin forms part of an intermontane river basin in the central South Island and provides a very wide range of environments for research and teaching.