“I never get bored during class, it just never happens. The professors are enthusiastic about what they do, and they always relate the work to current events or real-world applications.”
-- Barbara Del Castello ’15
More than half of all incoming students are drawn to Eckerd by its reputation for spectacular science training. To meet that demand, the College has finished work on all but one science complex on campus. Construction of the final building of that complex will be complete by August 2014.
Widely regarded as the one of the best in the country, Eckerd’s Marine Science Program is housed in the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory. The building sits right on Boca Ciega Bay on the northwest edge of campus.
In 2011, Galbraith underwent renovations to five key spaces, including the molecular biology lab and the flow-through seawater system that funnels water from the Bay into the labs’ observation tables. New laptops have also been added, enabling students to record and analyze data while conducting research.
The renovated areas will advance the study of marine ecology, marine genomics and the sensory biology of marine invertebrates.
Eckerd also has an active fleet of vessels docked on campus. These vessels give science faculty and students easy access to a wide variety of coastal habitats including the Gulf of Mexico.
The James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences was designed to put science on display, making the scientific learning and discovery process visible to the entire College community. Housing biology, chemistry and biochemistry, the building offers 9 teaching labs, two classrooms, four faculty-student research labs, faculty offices and many spaces for faculty and students to learn and work together. Learn more and see photos of the Grand Opening.
The final piece of the physical renaissance of the sciences at Eckerd is the renovation of the legacy science facilities.
Two of the buildings in this three-building complex have already been renovated to house the Environmental Studies Program and the Behavioral Sciences Collegium. The third building -- future home to Math, Physics and Computer Science -- is currently under construction. Expected completion is August 2014.