Washington and Lee's $23 million Science Center houses the sciences under one roof. Classrooms, faculty offices, study areas, research space and laboratory classrooms are designed to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty and students. Howe Hall is home to the biology, physics, and engineering departments as well as the environmental studies and neuroscience programs.
In Howe, students have access to a wide variety of biological equipment including: a greenhouse, digital imaging microscopy and analysis systems, stereotaxic microsurgery equipment, tissue culture facilities, HPLC analysis, thermocyclers and microplate readers.
Additionally, there is professional-level equipment for conducting engineering- or physics-based research, such as: a wind tunnel, polymer processing equipment, a 30,000 lb hydraulic mechanical testing apparatus, high powered solid state and gas lasers, high-speed photodetectors, digital storage oscilloscopes, microwave spectrum analyzers, Fabry-Perot interferometers, positron lifetime and FT-infrared spectrometers, a differential scanning calorimeter, an x-ray diffractometer, a scanning electron microscope, a polymer processing laboratory, a scanning electron microscope, two Celestron eight-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and a 3.5-inch Questar telescope.
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Off-campus opportunities for biology students include internships at other institutions, both foreign and within the U.S., including an exchange program at St. Andrews University, Scotland. An increasingly popular option among students is to spend fall term at the Marine Science Educational Consortium with the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C. Faculty also take students to Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands for several weeks during spring term.