The 157,000 square foot Integrated Sciences Building, which opened in 2009 at a cost of $114.5 million, integrates life and chemical sciences with modern classrooms and laboratories for basic and advanced courses, flexible research laboratories for life sciences research teams. The high-performance design incorporates many environmentally friendly and energy-saving green-building techniques.

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  • 85,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space
  • All undergraduate chemistry teaching labs (intro, organic, physical, and analytical)
  • Upper-division life science labs (molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, physiology)
  • Laboratory capacity for 4,640 students per semester
  • Laboratory support facilities
  • Teaching development lab
  • 300-seat auditorium
  • 85-seat classroom
  • Seminar rooms
  • Distance learning capability
  • Student lounge, study areas, and socializing space
  • Research lab space for eight to 10 principal investigators in Veterinary & Animal Science
  • Faculty and staff office space
  • Café and unique study spaces


  • Monday-Thursday: 7:00 am-10:00 pm
  • Friday: 7:00 am-7:00 pm
  • Saturday: Noon-5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 4:00 pm-10:00 pm

Lecture Room Technology

  • 300-seat Auditorium
  • 85-seat Classroom
  • State-of-the-art scientific demonstration facilities and active-learning technology including:
    • Dual projectors with capacity to split into multiple screens
    • Camera at instructor's table projects experiment to entire room
    • Individual power outlet and Internet hook-up for each seat

Teaching Labs

  • Prep areas for each lab room
  • Adjustable height tables
  • Microscopy and advanced imaging laboratories
  • Specialized microscopes
  • Lasers
  • Tissue culture
  • NMR
  • Future animal holding facility
  • Shared instrumentation

Computer Resources Center

  • Student room with 24 computers and small breakout rooms
  • 48-seat stepped lecture hall with 24 computers
  • 48-seat lecture hall with power outlet and Internet hookup

Interactive Molecular Playground

Craig Martin, Chemistry, and emeritus professors Allen Hanson, Computer Science, and Eric Martz, Microbiology, and Adam Williams, a graduate student in Computer Science, developed an Interactive Molecular Playground for the ISB lobby.

The exhibit features colorful 3-D models of familiar compounds such as the antigen that causes the allergic reaction to peanuts, hemoglobin, glucose, vitamin D, insulin, caffeine and a variety of drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, plus their binding sites in proteins in the brain, bloodstream and elsewhere.

Images, projected on a 6-by-9-foot wall and a shadow-sensing infrared camera, will detect an observer's hand motions, allowing "players" to push, rotate and resize the molecular image at will.

The exhibit was funded by a grant from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and all the members of the College Advisory Committee of the former College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

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