In 2018, the Biology Department, along with the departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology  and the BCBP and Neuroscience Programs, moved into the new Science Center shown below. The building also houses the Moss Quantitative Center and the Science Library  This modern facility is located on East Drive, across from Beneski, which houses Geology and Environmental Studies. The Seeley Mudd Building remains home to the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Information Technology departments.

Federal and private foundation grants have contributed to the specialized equipment used in teaching and research which includes ultracentrifuges, scintillation counters, spectrophotometers, high-performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, fluorescence microscopes, confocal microscope, a cell sorter, tissue culture facilities, and greenhouse.

  Science Center

Greenhouse Facility 

The new science center includes a state of the art greenhouse facility for use in our research laboratories, our courses, and our summer programs. The greenhouse manager is Jen Smith. Find more details on our Greenhouse Facility webpage.

Zebrafish Facility 

The new science center includes a modern zebrafish facility that houses many lines of zebrafish for use in our research laboratories, our courses, and our summer programs. The animal care technician is Robert Hamel. More details can be seen at our Zebrafish Facility webpage.

Specialized Equipment Facility

The Biology department maintains an array of specialized shared equipment and provides standardized training on the care and use of each item. The technical equipment specialist is Liz Henchey. For specific details on our shared equipment and to signup for training, please see our specialized shared equipment webpage. 

Imaging Facility

Our department maintains a shared Nikon Eclipse Ti confocal laser scanning microscope equipped with four laser light sources, differential interference contrast, and a temperature controlled stage. The confocal is used for research and teaching purposes.  Several departments at Amherst College have access to our imaging facility that resides in the Science Center. More details can be found on our Imaging Facility webpage.

Dishwasher and Autoclave Facility

Biology laboratories benefit from a multifunction dishwasher and two autoclaves for sterilization of media and labware. The facility is run by Lori Nichols.

Wildlife Sanctuary 

The Amherst wildlife sanctuary is an excellent resource for our classes and research laboratories.