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The Biology Department is housed in the newly renovated Bush Science Center. This facility contains classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, and offices for faculty and staff.  All classrooms are equipped with a computer projection system and, along with our teaching laboratories, have access to the Internet.

Within our teaching and research laboratories, we have diverse equipment for studies in general, ecological, and molecular biology.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Laser Scanning Confocal Fluorescent and Differential Interference Contrast Microscope
  • High-speed and ultra-centrifuges
  • Stereo and compound microscopes
  • Uv/vis spectrophotometers and a nanodrop system
  • Visible, uv, and chemiluminscent imaging system
  • Electrophoresis equipment for both agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
  • Thermocyclers for PCR
  • Both fluorescent and light microscopes with digital imaging capability
  • Tissue culture facility with hoods and CO2 cabinets
  • Microinjection equipment for the injection of single cells
  • Biopac Science Lab data acquisition systems
  • Saltwater and freshwater systems for marine invertebrates, zebrafish, and Xenopus.

Our faculty continually seeks out the latest equipment to give students hands-on experience in both our research and classroom laboratories.  

Nature's laboratory (the "field") offers experiences quite different from those found in the confines of four walls (the "bench"). The College is adjacent to Lake Virginia and the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Several state parks and wilderness areas are within a short driving distance to the college. The Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico can be reached within an hour. The Department maintains a significant travel fund that permits trips to the Everglades National Park and a field station in the Florida Keys to study the flora and fauna in their ecological context. The College also maintains a modern greenhouse that is used extensively by the Biology Department.