Research Facilities

The primary College of Science and Technology research facilities on Main Campus are housed in 

  • the Biology-Life Sciences Building for the Biology Department;
  • Beury Hall for the Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science Departments; and
  • the Science Education and Research Center (SERC), CST’s most advanced facility completed in 2014, for portions of the Biology and Chemistry Departments, as well as the Computer and Information Sciences and Physics Departments. 

The instrumentation housed in the Biology-Life Sciences Building, Beury Hall and SERC is available for use by graduate or postdoctoral researchers and is subject to proper training and supervision by faculty.

Earth and Environmental Science Department Facilities

Faculty and student research is supported by cutting-edge analytical instruments, including the following, among others.

  • Water quality loggers
  • Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistivity tomography
  • Ground-based LIDAR surveying equipment
  • Mass spectrometry (including ICP-OES)
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence

Students also have access to networked computers, printers and workstations.

Learn more about the College of Science and Technology research institutes and centers.

Faculty Research Specialities

Faculty research includes the following fields.

  • coastal dynamics and geomorphology
  • ecohydrology and land-use change
  • energy
  • environmental geochemistry
  • environmental geophysics and remote sensing
  • hazards
  • hydrogeology and groundwater contamination
  • low-temperature geochemistry
  • materials and mineralogy
  • nanomaterials
  • paleontology and fossil provenance
  • planetary geology
  • polar geophysics and glaciology
  • Precambrian geology
  • sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • soils
  • structural geology
  • urban hydrology

See more Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty research.

Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education lists Temple University as an R1 institution for “highest research activity,” placing it among the top 4 percent of all four-year institutions in the United States.

Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed Temple among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. External research funding for the College of Science and Technology has also increased, growing 85 percent over the past five years to $28 million. Additionally, Temple is ranked No. 18 in the world based on Google Scholar research citations. Five research papers by College of Science and Technology faculty are among the 100 most-cited scientific works of all time. Learn more about Temple’s growing research efforts.