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Information for New Department Members

Internet Access

To get connected to the outside world, you can use either a hardwired Ethernet connection, or WiFi. Offices the building have Ethernet ports which look like this:

Ethernet Jack from Geology

The Easiest way to get connection is to email a photo of this box to, and tell us which port you are going to be using. We can then remotely configure the ports to connect. You can also email us without a photo, and we can setup a time to come examine your office and help get you connected!


UCLA and EPSS have many different WiFi networks, and your Lab, or research group may also have their own WiFi network. For official department business, we recommend that you use EDUROAM, which you can read more about here: . For many tasks, such as printing to the department printers , this is the only wireless network that is supported.


You may already have a UCLA email through google apps. If you have not yet, please contact Bruin Online for help setting one up.

Some EPSS Members are eligible for departmental email addresses, [<username>] In gerneral, these accounts are for faculty, staff and research appointments and not students. for more information, click on the “email” tab under “resources” in the top menu. To request an account: just click here and fill out the relevant information!


The department offers free (within reason!) printing to all members. You can read more about setting up the connection yourself here or you can email us to help you. You will need a printer code to use these devices, please email to request one.

TA’s will also be given a separate code to use for class related materials.

Computer labs

EPSS has two student computer labs, one in Geology 4691 and Geology b707. Any Student is welcome to use the labs, which have a combination lock. If you have a class scheduled in the labs, you can ask your TA, or professor for the access code, which changes quarterly. The code can be obtained from the helpdesk if you have forgotten it.


EPSS licenses some software for use in the computer labs in the department including:

  • Matlab
  • ArcGis Advanced
  • Microsoft Office Pro Plus
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (including Acrobat pro)
  • and More!

Students are all covered for Windows 10, Office Pro plus, and Adobe Acrobat pro. Please email the help desk if you need to install any of these, which are available for free to students in the department. We can install this on your personal devices as well. When in doubt, ask us!

How to use a Mac in the EPSS computer lab

Geology 4691 has 12 dual boot Mac mini’s, currently running windows 10 and macOS Mojave.

These computers can be used with your EPSS account.

The computers boot into the last OS that was selected by default, so to change OS, you should restart the computer, holding the option key, to launch bootcamp. (bootcamp is apple’s boot-loader, and allows you to tell the computer which OS to use when starting up.)

After you have booted into macOS, you will see a row of user accounts. if you do not see a gray circle named “other” you should wait a moment, the Mac needs to connect back to the account server.

Once it appears, click “other” and log in with your epss account credentials.

This will generate a local user account for you on that machine.


On the Windows machines, your desktop, downloads, documents and other folders are automatically synchronized with the server when you log out. This DOES NOT HAPPEN on the Mac side.

You will need to click the blue globe in the dock to access your network storage.

screenshot of the blue globe with caption, "Bobby tables network home"

This is the same share that is listed as your U:/ Drive on the windows machines, and this is accessible across platforms.