We maintain research-grade equipment to stimulate innovative teaching and learning at Concord. Facilities include West Virginia’s only electron microprobe – an instrument similar to a scanning electron microscope that magnifies and chemically analyzes tiny areas in minerals and other solid materials. We also maintain an astronomical observatory and additional labs for teaching and research in chemistry, physics, and geology. Students at large universities rarely even see advanced lab equipment, yet at Concord you will get to use it for class as a freshman.