Facilities and Resources

The Department of Biology is located in the Lewis Science Center and the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences. Overall, the Department occupies over 80,000 square feet of modern classroom and laboratory space. The Department is well equipped with a wide variety of outdoor equipment and state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation.

Facilities include:

  • Tissue culture
  • Microscope Core
  • Greenhouses (3) and plant growth chambers (5)
  • HerbariumIMG_20170111_094502_957
  • Storage facility for trucks, boats, motors, ATV, and aquatic nets
  • Jewell Moore Nature Reserve
  • Culwell Natural Area


Specialized equipment:


JOEL EDS scanning electron microscope, Zeiss laser confocal microscope, epifluorescent microscopes, dissecting microscopes, compound microscopes


DNA & protein documentation systems (Biorad & Alpha Innotech), Sorvall Lynx 4000 and 6000 centrifuges, Sorvall legend X1R centrifuge, Sorvall MTX microultra centrifuge, Savant speedvac concentrator, Nanodrop spectrophotometers


Microtome, neuroprobe amplifiers, micropipette puller, voltage-current clamp

Physiological measurements

Organ baths, DMT pressurized myograph system, Genesis UV-Vis spectrophotometer, Powerlab system, Parr Semimicro calorimeter, Sable metabolic system, EchoMRI body composition analyzer

Ecological Analysis

Hache DR3900 Benchtop VIS Spectrophotometer, Hache HQ440d Benchtop Dual Input, Multi-Parameter Meter for pH, Conductivity, Optical Dissolved Oxygen, ORP, and ISE measurements