Students enrolled in the biology program attend classes in Eshleman Science Center and have access to abundant natural resource areas.

Eshleman Science Center houses five teaching laboratories, a computer laboratory equipped with GIS/remote sensing software and S. Benton Talbott Seminar Room, in addition to numerous classrooms and offices featuring:

  • scientific instrumentation includes microscopes, air pollution and water pollution monitoring equipment, laboratory instrumentation and field sampling equipment;
  • cell and molecular biology lab which includes a programmable thermocycler for PCR analysis, UV/Vis spectrophotometer, micro centrifuges and gel electrophoresis equipment;
  • extensive collection of microscope slides;
  • special facilities including a weather station, a controlled environment chamber and Tolstead Greenhouse;
  • herbarium containing over 3,000 specimens of vascular plants and the repository of the West Virginia State Fungi collection; and
  • solar panels utilizing a data logger.

Field studies and student research projects are carried out at the nearby Pigeon Creek Watershed and within the Robert E. Urban Nature Area located on the campus, within a few minutes’ walk of Eshleman Science Center.

The nearby Monongahela National Forest and other natural areas constitute an immense and highly varied natural laboratory for biological and environmental investigations. The following areas are within an hour's drive of the campus:

  • Spruce Knob - the highest point in West Virginia at 4,863 feet
  • Seneca Rocks Blackwater Canyon
  • Bear Heaven Natural Area
  • Blister Swamp
  • Big Run Bog Natural Area
  • Dolly Sods Wilderness
  • Otter Creek Wilderness
  • Laurel Fork Wilderness
  • Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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