In 1996, the Biology Department and Neuroscience Program moved into the new McGuire Life Sciences Building shown below. This modern facility is located next to the Seeley Mudd Building (which houses the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Information Technology departments), and is attached to the Merrill Science Center (which houses the Keefe Science Library and the departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology ).

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, including a separate facility for our personal size confocal microscope, video equipment, a cell sorter, tissue culture facilities, a greenhouse, and many networked computers.

Several natural areas nearby offer opportunities for field research. The Connecticut River Valley contains many lakes and streams as well as diverse terrestrial ecosystems, and the College owns a large wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the campus.

The artwork inside the McGuire Life Sciences Building was created by architect Susan Wyeth in consultation with Biology faculty.

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

McGuire Life Sciences Building


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 McGuire Life Sciences.

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

 Last Updated: 19 September 2013 TLR