CBU School of Sciences
Hands-on Experience with Scientific
Many of our courses, including most of those in biology, chemistry and
physics, and some of those in computer science and math, have laboratory
components where students use state of the art science laboratory equipment.
The student does not just see the equipment in a tour or run a simulation
of the equipment on a computer. In the picture on the right, Dr. Mike
Condren is working with two students on the FTIR.
The lab courses are taught in conjunction with lecture courses. In most
of the lecture/lab courses the same instructor teaches both lecture and
lab. This provides the opportunity to coordinate the lecture with lab in
a way to best help the student learn.
For more information, contact Dr. Johnny B. Holmes,
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Biology The biology department has obtained major pieces of biology
equipment recently with the help of grants from the Van Vleet Foundation
and the Assisi Foundation. The department also has lots of research quality
microscopes, a UV-visible spectrophotometer with computer interface, a
PCR Thermocycler, and a fluorescent light microscope interfaced to a macintosh
computer via a video camera with 35mm capability with an ELISA reader attachment.
The department even has a scanning electron microscope (SEM).
The picture to the right was taken with the SEM at 1000 power. It shows
the first pair of maxillipeds from a freshwater crayfish, Procambamus. List of
Biology courses and labs.
Click here for pictures of the labs in operation.
Chemistry Besides the normal glassware and chemicals, the chemistry
department has obtained some major pieces of chemistry equipment recently
with the help of a grant from the Assisi Foundation. The department has
an AA, an FTNMR, an FTIR, a GC/MS, an HPLC, and five diode array UV-visible
spectrophotometers. Photos and more detailed information about these instruments
can be found on chemistry
List of Chemistry courses and labs.
Computer Science/Mathematics One of our recently modernized classrooms
in the Science Building is outfitted with 30 computer stations and is used
for mathematics and computer science classes and labs. In the afternoons
and evenings, it serves as the location for the Math Center where mathematics
tutors are available to help students. A second computer science lab has
a new dedicated server with seven Linux machines and five pc's, and is used by
the Math Center during the mornings.
Physics The physics department has equipment for a very nice laser
lab that includes several lasers, a monochromator, a large and a small
vibration damping table with optical attachments (lenses, mirrors, etc.),
photometers, and fiber optic couplers and cable. The image on the right
shows students working in the optics lab. In addition to lots of teaching
equipment for the introductory lab courses, the department has a nice e/m
apparatus, a Millikan oil drop apparatus, various radioactivity detection
equipment including a gamma ray spectrometer, and a microwave Bragg Diffraction
apparatus. List of
Physics courses and labs.