The Department of Biology is housed in the Science Center building, and it is here where most biology courses take place. Traditional classrooms are just as important as modern lab facilities in student learning. These classrooms range in size from about 90 seats to 12 seats to accommodate the different size sections.
Science Center room 200 (SC200), which was renovated in the summer of 2015, holds up to 100 students, and is typically used for the core courses (BIO101, 102 and 201). The largest sections in these courses are typically about 30 students in BIO101 (Cells) and BIO102 (Genetics), and 30 to 40 students in BIO201 (Organismic Biology).
Most upper-level biology courses (BIO400 and above) are typically capped at 24 students per section, but most run in the teens to low 20s. Light and Electron Microscopy (BIO410) is capped at 12 to allow students time on the transmission electron microscope (TEM) and other equipment. All lecture rooms have internet connections available for use during class as well as built-in computer projection systems used in lectures.
Most of the courses offered by the Department of Biology consist of a lecture and a lab component. Thus, the Science Center is equipped with laboratory classrooms that fit the needs of courses such as Cells, Genetics, Immunology, Advanced Cell Biology, Systemic Physiology, Neurobiology, Light & Electron Microscopy, Microbiology, and Bioinformatics, to name a few. Each lab is between 850 and 1450 square feet, to accommodate up to 12 to 24 students.