At the teaching laboratories, the students use experimental methods to verify and enlarge their understanding of the concepts discussed during the lectures. Currently, the teaching labs occupy an area of 141 M2.
The teaching laboratories are the following:
Rocks and minerals laboratory
This lab is equipped with 21 microscopes (20 for the students and one for the instructor). Each microscope can work with transmitted or reflected light. The lab is also equipped with a portable computer connected to a flat screen panel. The instructor´s microscope has a digital camera to take photos of the samples under observation.
In this lab, the students will also find a collection of rocks and minerals from Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, etc. The collection covers the whole spectrum of mineral groups, rock types, and deposits. This lab also has an extensive collection of thin sections and polished samples, making possible a very comprehensive learning experience for the students.
This lab is equipped with 11 stereomicroscopes (10 for the students and 1 for the instructor), a portable computer and a flat screen panel connected to the computer and to the instructor’s stereomircroscope, which has a digital camera to take photos of the samples under observation.
This lab supports specially the geology course, and includes several collections of minerals and rocks of all types: igneous, volcanic, metamorphic, sedimentary, carbonates, etc. It also includes a collection of fossils from the three main fanerozoic eras: Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic.
Rock and fossils laboratory
This laboratory has 21 microscopes (20 for the students and one for the instructor), equipped with reflected and transmitted lighting. It also has a portable computer and a flat screen panel. Both the computer and the instructor´s microscope can be connected to the flat screen. The instructor´s microscope has a digital camera to take photos of the observed samples.
This laboratory supports the Geology course in particular. The students can use collections of minerals of different types, rocks (igneous, volcanic, metamorphic, sedimentary, carbonates, etc.) and fossils from the main three fanerozoic eras: Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic.
Hours of attention:
The teaching laboratories are open Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.