This page contains pictures of some of the labs used in classroom teaching in the Biology Department.  To give you a sense of the size of these rooms, each lab is between 1000 and 1500 sq. ft and the furniture is arranged to accommodate up to 24 students.  The department has a total of 9 labs used primarily for teaching, all of which have been renovated within the last ten years.

Teaching Labs

Left is a picture of Science Center room 214, one of the two Biology “Core” labs in which the labs for Bio I and Bio II meet.  This room and the other Core lab (212) were renovated during the summer of 2005. The renovations included increasing the size of the rooms from 1000 to 1500 sq. ft., all new laboratory furniture, built in audio visual equipment, and state of the art digital microscopy equipment generously donated by the SJU Medical Alumni chapter.

Right is a picture of Science Center room 215, the Biodiversity Lab.  This lab is used in Dr. McRobert's Animal Behavior and Ecology Courses. It is also used by some of his research students.  The lab houses over 100 different species of fish, turtles, reptiles and amphibians, many of which are rare or endangered.  This lab was one of eight rooms renovated in 1997 - 98 as part of a $500,000 grant to the Biology department from the National Science Foundation

Teaching Labs

The Hughes grant also paid for the renovation of room 209 (pictured left), the lab used in Dr. Tefft's Histology and Systemic Physiology courses, and Dr. Watrous' Biometrics and Modeling and Neurobiology courses.


This is a picture (above, left) of Science Center room 217, the Light and Electron Microscopy facility.  This lab was renovated in 1998 as part of the National Science Foundation grant to the Biology department.  We were fortunate to also receive a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2002 to purchase a new JEOL Transmission Electron Micrograph (above, right, with Kaitlin Petrella, ‘03) and a used JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope (not shown).  This facility is used in Dr. Snetselaar's Light and Electron Microscopy course and in a variety of research projects.