Facilities & Strengths

Alden Hall

Named in honor of the college’s founder, Timothy Alden, the present structure was built on the foundation of the first Alden Hall (1905), which was destroyed by fire in Janury 1915. Today, Alden Hall houses the Geology and Computer Science Departments and serves as the regional depository for topographical maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Bousson Environmental Reserve

“Bousson” is 283 acres of college-owned property near campus that is used for field labs and independent students and faculty research projects. The tract features diverse habitats, land uses, hydrology, and geology as well as several different types of hydrologic monitoring equipment, including groundwater wells.



The Geology Department has a computer lab that includes workstation-class PC machines for use by students and faculty in research and course assignments. A Geographic Information System workstation is equipped with a full-size digitizing tablet. Peripherals include an HP 755CM color roll plotter, HP flatbed scanner, Nikon slide scanner, HP color and b/w laser printer, CD/DVD writers, and image analysis equipment. A wide array of current graphics, database, scientific plotting, and presentation software is maintained. Also available on campus is a Geological Information System lab with 12 workstations.

  • Lab and field equipment: 5-meter flume/wave tank, 5-meter stream table, a half dozen ground-water modeling tanks, geochemical field monitoring equipment, earth resistivity unit, thin sectioning and rock-mineral preparation equipment, polarizing microscopes, x-ray diffractometer, and an ion chromatograph.
  • Computers: Extensive capabilities including powerful computers, image analysis equipment, a scanner, plotters, digitizing tablets, and a GIS lab on campus.
  • Bousson Environmental Research Reserve: 283 acres of College-owned property near campus used for field labs and independent student and faculty research. The tract features diverse habitats, land uses, hydrology, and geology, as well as several types of hydrologic monitoring equipment including groundwater wells.