Built in 1994 the Edwards-Holman Science Center (EHS) is home to the Department of Biology & Chemistry. EHS was largely designed by the department faculty and to this day continues to be a first-class facility in which our students can learn and prepare for a wide variety of scientific disciplines.
It contains 6 classrooms, 5 biology labs, 3 chemistry labs, 7 faculty/student research labs, 2 instrument rooms and 3 stockrooms.
Three chemistry laboratories are well equipped for teaching and research with modern instrumentation.
- 400 Mhz JEOL Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrophotometer
- SEC Size Exclusion Chromatography
- Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer
- Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography
- UV/Visible Spectrophotometer
- Gas Chromatography
- Computer Data Acquisition Equipment
General and foundational biology courses are taught in our lower-division laboratories which are capped at 20 students so that we can provide a good level of individual attention to each student.
Upper division laboratories are used to teach Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics and Cell Biology and are also capped at 20 students.
- Anatomy & physiology laboratories are used to teach the upper division courses of Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Physiology, Advanced Human Anatomy, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Neuroscience and Developmental Biology. These labs are designed for teaching surgical techniques associated with our upper-division physiology offerings and houses our three cadavers which are dissected by advanced anatomy students and studied by human and physiology students. The cadaver crypts were specially designed for EHS when the building was constructed to provide superior ventilation while students are working.
Faculty Research Laboratories
Our faculty research labs were built to facilitate and encourage our faculty to pursue scientific research. Students in our department have the opportunity to join the research team of one of our faculty and gain a solid research experience while attending George Fox. Research students prepare posters and present their findings at national conferences and may contribute to published papers.
In 2015, the university’s Department of Biology and Chemistry acquired a $180,000 state-of-the-art confocal microscope, allowing George Fox faculty and students to perform cutting-edge research. The confocal microscope, manufactured by Leica Microsystems in Germany, represents a type of microscopy that leverages laser physics to provide high-resolution data to uncover the relationships of molecules within a sample.The microscope is highly versatile in that it allows users to make comparisons of specific genes, proteins and other molecules in living and developing biological systems in four dimensions, including time. Among the images generated are high-resolution images of an aggressive form of breast cancer cells.