Two courses -one in biology and one in geology – are offered and serve as the primary mode of training students in electron microscopy and x-ray microanalysis.
Bio s34 –Electron Microscopy, is a Short Term course focused on biological applications of electron microscopy, but which includes exposure to light microscopy. In Geo 223 – Rock Forming Minerals and Mineral Assemblages, students learn the fundamentals of scanning electron microscopy and then focus on x-ray microanalysis for elemental analysis. Greg Anderson, Assistant in Instruction in Biology, overseas activities in the lab and assists in any course using the facility, providing much of the hands-on training, and providing outreach programming. Students and staff are also trained via small group or individual tutorials on an as need basis.