Equipment & Facilities


The Biology Department is excited to be housed in the new Sinegal Center that opened in Fall 2021! The laboratories are illuminated by natural light through glass walls and a central atrium. The facility is state-of-the-art in all aspects, including safety. Departmental spaces include the following:

  • Introductory biology labs that are taught by our faculty
  • Teaching labs are connected to research labs
  • Students work with faculty in their research spaces
  • Study rooms throughout the Sinegal Center
  • Microbiology lab
  • Cellular and molecular biology lab
  • Ecology and field biology lab
  • Biotechnology and biochemistry lab
  • Organismal biology lab
  • Anatomy and physiology labs
  • Tissue culture room
  • Microscopy room
  • Specimens room
  • Walk-in environmental chamber
  • Walk-in marine environment
  • Walk-in cold room
  • Electron microscope lab complex, including dark room
  • Greenhouse


The Biology Department has a collection of up-to-date equipment to complement our labs, thanks to faculty-obtained NSF grants, funding from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust in the forms of individual faculty grants and a large grant for the purchase of microscopes, private donations, and support from our Dean and Administration with annual equipment budgets.

Some of the high visibility equipment:

  • Research grade compound microscopes for use in upper division classes with bright field, phase, dark field, fluorescence, video, and digital analysis capabilities
  • Zeiss EM 900 electron microscope
  • Laminar flow biological safety hoods
  • Molecular biology equipment, including thermocyclers, centrifuges, electrophoresis supplies
  • Real-time PCR machines
  • Solomat digital meters and data loggers for field work
  • Weatherpak radio telemetry weather station