Research opportunities available to students are outlined in Student Research Programs. For descriptions of faculty members' research, please see Faculty Research. The differences between Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and Independent Study, are explained in Research Options.
The Puget Sound Biology Department is located in Thompson & Harned Halls, which also house the departments of Chemistry, Geology, Math and Computer Science, and Physics. Our Science Center opened in May 2006 and includes:
The Biology Department is well-equipped for teaching and research. Among the major facilities available to students and faculty in the department are an electron microscopy laboratory (with both transmission and scanning microscopes), a greenhouse, a marine wet lab, and a student library/seminar room. Other equipment includes:
The Slater Museum of Natural History (pictured above), located in the Biology Department in Thompson Hall, houses important regional collections of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants, as well as smaller collections of invertebrates and fishes. It is used as a resource for classes, student research, and education and research by the entire academic community.
Students can also take advantage of the nearby Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium for work on special research projects, as well as the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, located 25 miles south of Tacoma. The university has cooperative agreements with both of these facilities.
The location of the university, within walking distance of the Puget Sound and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, offers students many opportunities for field research into topics such as marine biology or alpine botany.