Biological Science
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Facilities

Science Hall

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in the spectacular new $45 million Science Hall. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with 27 modern and safe teaching labs and 24 research labs for faculty-student research. You’ll have access to the latest technology and equipment including:

  • A cell culture facility with cell culture incubators and inverted microscopes with digital imaging cameras
  • Cutting-edge equipment and instrumentation for isolating and analyzing DNA, RNA and proteins from cells
  • A rooftop greenhouse with climate control and fogging systems, a weather station, and compound and dissecting microscopes

Environmental Field Station

Rowan University's Environmental Field Station is a 72 acre parcel of land
located in New Jersey's Cape May County. This tract is an ecotone ranging
from marshland to deciduous forest, composed of mildly acidic soil, with a
sandy-loam texture.

The forest is dominated by Red Pine, Atlantic White Cedar, American Holly
and various species of large, mature oaks. The understory is dominated by
various species of fern, mosses and lichens. The marsh is a tidal meadow
dominated by Cord Grass and Glassworts, separated from the forest by a dense
ticket of Spike Grass, Salt Meadow Grass and Hightide Bush.

A depression in the middle of the tract forms a permanent distrophic body of
water, R.U.Bi.S. Pond, with high organic content, anoxic conditions during
the spring, summer and fall, and very unique algal assemblages.

The shoreline provides nesting and migratory resting areas for various
species of waterfowl. Black Skimmers, an Endangered Species in New Jersey,
as well as Ospreys, a Threatened Species, are both permanent residents of
the site. The marsh meadow is inhabited by a rich diversity of all sorts of
organisms adapted to brackish environments.

The tidal wetlands are part of a pristine ecosystem that represents one of
the most biologically diverse (as well as sensitive) habitats in the state
of New Jersey. The forest portion of the tract is part of an environment
designated as a National Reserve area with legal protection.

This healthy and diverse environment provides opportunities for many
research projects, for both faculty and students.