The Undergraduate Science Building (USB), which was built in 2006, houses courses for general biology, cell biology, microbiology, animal physiology, genetics, developmental biology, neurobiology, endocrinology and other courses from Biology, EEB and MCDB. The USB now has 16 teaching labs on three floors, and many associated preparation rooms, offices, and other teaching areas used for MCDB and EEB teaching, as well as office for instructors. The USB is located about two blocks from the Kraus Natural Science building and just north of the Biological Science Building under construction.
The spacious, light-filled laboratories are equipped for the students and instructors, have layouts without large pillars obstructing views, moveable tables and chairs, wireless and hard-wired Internet, integrated DVD/VHS/Internet/computer/sound system, whiteboards, computer drawing tablets, and key code entry allowing students expanded access to work on projects.
In 2012, the labs supported thousands of students: 2,730 enrolled in Biology courses, 205 in EEB, and 375 in MCDB, leading to an impressive total of 3,310 students."These modern labs allow instructors to use more advanced teaching methods than in the past," said Dennis Drobeck, biology lab/classroom services supervisor.
USB Teaching Laboratory Receives the Sustainable Lab Recognition Program Silver Award
In November of 2012, the teaching labs for General Biology 173 in the Undergraduate Science Building earned the silver rating from the Office of Campus Sustainability. Rooms 2114-15 and 2122-23 in the USB Teaching Laboratory are part of the MCDB and EEB Biology program. The course uses a large volume of varied materials for instructional purposes. Each week students are engaged in a different activity and experiment. Knowledge of sustainability will help encourage and enhance student involvement in this effort.
For more on the University's sustainable labs, visit the Sustainable Lab Recognition Program Website.