The Department of Biology is housed on the first floor of the Hodson Science and Technology Center, a $20 million complex that opened in 2002. Classrooms and labs are designed to engage students in a variety of learning activities. All are equipped with multimedia teaching tools, including access to web-based technologies. Specially designed and equipped labs for ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, cell culture and physiology are available for course work and student-faculty research collaborations.
Students can conduct analyses using quatitative PCR, high-pressure liquid chromatography and other analytical instruments. A greenhouse and environmental chambers are available to grow and study plants. A suite of labs is dedicated to the growth and maintenance of aquatic organisms. Computer-assisted analysis of data is used extensively in the curriculum, including environmental, general biology and molecular biology labs. Fluorescent microscopes, PCR thermal scyvlers, cell culture facilities, GIS mapping, satellite and imaging analysis are also available.