Facilities & Resources

First-rate scientific equipment, facilities, and other resources support biology teaching and research at Gettysburg, enabling students and faculty to study and practice biology using contemporary tools of biology. The Biology Department has excellent imaging resources, including both a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a transmission electron microscope (TEM), the latter of which is seldom found at colleges of Gettysburg's size.  The greater resolution of the TEM allows studies of cellular sections and of smaller entities such as viruses.

Within and near the Biology Department's home in the McCreary Hall/Science Center complex you'll find the following:


Specialized Laboratories for the Study of:

  • Animal Behavior 
  • Animal Physiology and Neurobiology
  • Botany (includes a greenhouse and a herbarium)
  • Cell Biology
  • Vertebrate and Invertebrate Zoology, Parasitology 
  • Ecology and Freshwater Ecology
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics
  • Microbiology
  • Paleobiology and Evolution


  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
  • Digital Imaging System
  • Phase Contrast and Epifluorescence Microscopes
  • Various spectrophotometers and centrifuges for biochemical and molecular studies

Other Facilities and Resources

  • Greenhouse and herbarium
  • Animal rooms for both endotherms and ectotherms
  • Media Preparation Room (with autoclave, radiation room, and a walk-in environmental chamber)
  • Multimedia 'Smart' Classrooms, Lecture Rooms, and Seminar Rooms
  • Computer Laboratory