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.

If you have questions about the Biology facilities at Amherst, please e-mail

  Science Center


Confocal Microscope Facility


The Nikon Eclipse Ti confocal laser scanning microscope is equipped with four laser light sources, differential interference contrast and temperature controlled stage and is used for research and teaching purposes.  Several departments at Amherst College have access to the facility which resides in the Science Center.

Please contact Lori Nichols at 413-542-2081 with any questions.