Geosciences Facilities and Building

Joseph E. Johnson Engineering and Physical Sciences Building is hosts three academic departments at UT Martin. The Department of Engineering and the Department of Chemistry and Physics are based in the facility. The Geosciences program of the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources is also situated in this building. The main offices of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences are located on the first floor of Johnson EPS. Several offices for faculty/staff affiliated with programs based elsewhere on campus are in the building as well.


Although it is essentially one building, Johnson EPS is actually made up of two integrated structures that were constructed at different times. The east-side (quad-side) of the building was built in the early 1960s; the west side and interconnecting features were added about a decade later. Unfortunately, little effort was made at the time of the addition to match its exterior design with that of the original structure. Nevertheless, it has its attractive qualities. The building was dedicated to former University of Tennessee President Joseph E. Johnson in 1999.


The room and facility locations for the second floor of Johnson EPS include the Geology Laboratories, and the Geography Laboratory.

Geology Demonstration Site

Geosciences also maintains a Geology Demonstration Site on the nearby “Ag Farm” that contains an outdoor reconstructed deformed geologic structure made of imported rock that mimics a typical East Tennessee Valley and Ridge structure.


Coon Creek Science Center UTM Field Station

The Coon Creek Science Center - UTM Field Station is a 240-acre field site located two hours south of the UTM campus in northeast McNairy County. The property, owed by the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, is leased to UTM for field research and field education. The site is an internationally recognized fossil site. The science center has a museum, field laboratories, bunk facilities, mess hall, weather station, and astronomy observing capabilities.