Biology  
 

Albertus Hall Science Facilities

 
On Campus Facilities
Microbiology Laboratory
Microbiology Laboratory Microbiology Laboratory
Our micro lab contains most of our freezers, thermocyclers, and PCR rigs, as well as dyes and equipment pertinent to the study of bacteria, protests, and fungi. The typical classes that utilize this space are Microbiology BY231 and Genetics BY328.
 
Ecology Laboratory
Ecology Laboratory This laboratory is often used for field classes that might involve students wearing waders and traipsing through water or mud. Equipment used for collecting field data, such as water quality samples, GPS coordinates, and soil samples, are all stored in this room. Our herbarium consisting of over 685 species from 145 plant families is also housed in this lab. The plant specimens range in age from the founding of the college to the present day and were collected from all over the United States. Ecology BY352, Aquatic Field Ecology BY275, and Plant Taxonomy BY264 are typical classes held here.
 
Biology Teaching Laboratories
Biology Teaching Laboratories Biology Teaching Laboratories
These laboratories are utilized for a variety of biology courses.  From microscopes to preserved specimens for dissection, much of the equipment and supplies needed for scientific inquiry are employed here.  General Biology 160, Botany BY161, Zoology BY162, Neuroscience BY324, Parasitology BY341, Physiology BY372, as well as others alternate utilizing these laboratory spaces.
 
The Greenhouse
Our greenhouse consists of one temperate room and one tropical room space.  Plants grown for BY161 are often found here as well as some permanent residents.  It is great to walk inside the warm atmosphere and enjoy the orchids in bloom in the middle of the Michigan winter.
 
The Tree Walk on Campus
The Aquinas campus was the former Holmdene Estate of Edward and Susan Blodgett Lowe.  The estate consisted of 69 acres of farm, park and wooded land. The manor house, consisting of twenty-two rooms and built in the English Tudor Renaissance style, was completed in 1901. 
 
The campus is a heavily wooded area, and represents, among other plant communities, two types of forests: the Beech-Maple Deciduous Forest, and the Coniferous Forest. These forests contain most of the trees native to Michigan. The landscaped areas are famous for their variety of introduced species. Two streams flow through the campus; there is also a pond community present. This diversity of communities provides great habitats for a large number of local plant species. A total of 108 trees and shrubs growing on campus are marked with wooden markers. A map listing the species names and location corresponding to the marked flora is available to guide students and visitors. >>Download the Nature Trails Map
 
Off-Campus Field Space
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Through a partnership with Aquinas College, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a biological field station in Hastings, Michigan, offers a number of rare qualities that make it attractive to the student and faculty member in the natural sciences.

Situated in Southwest Michigan, the Institute’s 661 acres includes wetlands, forests, and meadowlands. The facilities are up-to-date and modern. Committed to environmental education, the Institute provides students an opportunity to engage in hands-on and practical field experiences through research, field trips and courses. Summer research grants are available.
 
Additional Biology Equipment
ABI 377 Sequencer Corning Hot Plates
45°C Autobacs Incubator Scientific Industries Vortex-2 Genies
37°C Napco Incubator Adams Readacrit Micro-Hematocrit Centrifuge
30°C Chicago Surgical & Electrical Co. Incubator Fisher Magnetic Stirrer
30°C Fisher Scientific Incubator Hybritech Inc. Orbital Shaker
25°C Chicago Surgical & Electrical Co. Incubator American Rotator Shaker
5°C Kenmore Refrigerator Water baths from various companies
5°C Baxter-Cryo Refrigerator Thomas Scientific Mini-Centrifuge
-80°C New Brunswick Scientific Freezer Backman Centrifuge
Sylvania Turbo Wind Columns Van’s Instrument Dissecting Microscopes
Fisher Scientific Power Boxes for PCR Leica Compound Microscopes
Small PCR Chamber and 6 Large PCR Chambers Leica Polarized Microscope
UV transilluminator Bio Rad Mini Trans-Blot Electrophoretic Transfer Cell
Nanopure Infinity Ultrapure Water System Bio Rad Mini Protean 3 Cell Assembly
MJ Research, Inc. Programmable Thermal Controller National Instrument Co. Bunsen Burners
Sybron Themolyne Stir/Hot Plates