SARASOTA (February 15, 2014) – On Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10am – 12pm, USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a Biology Open House at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1730 Ken Thompson Parkway. This is an opportunity for the public to explore USFSM’s two new teaching labs, currently in use, and learn about the new Biology major that begins August 2014. A professor or staff member will be posted in each lab to explain the program and demonstrate equipment. Student volunteers will be stationed to guide visitors, including high school guidance counselors and science teachers. Refreshments will be served.
Families are welcome and encouraged to explore the University’s labs, classrooms and student commons area, which currently provide state-of-the-art science classes for freshmen. There are 14 core Biology courses and four electives, including: Research Methods in Biology, General Physics I & II with labs, Cell Biology & lab, Principles of Ecology, General Genetics & lab, General Physiology & lab and the Biology Capstone Course.
As the construction manager on the USFSM labs project, Willis A. Smith Construction oversaw the build-out of the 4,600-square-foot space that includes a biology lab, chemistry lab and student teaching area. Designed by Fawley Bryant Architects, each lab has 26 individual student stations that are served by laboratory gas and fume snorkels. There are full teaching stations in each lab with ample storage cabinets and laboratory filtered water. Also included was a lab prep area that serves both labs and features subzero freezers, autoclaves, incubators and student safety stations.
“Students in our labs practice science as science is done,” said Dr. Erin Martin, Biology instructor and coordinator of general education. “They are working right alongside our instructors and Mote’s professional scientists, who conduct research every day.”
This is USFSM’s first Biology degree and it is unlike any other program in the local area. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in the three major sub-disciplines of biology: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution; develop an understanding of the ways in which biology interrelates with other sciences, disciplines, and society; engage in the scientific process through the planning, execution, and interpretation of laboratory or field studies; describe ethical challenges and practices in the biological sciences; perform both qualitative and quantitative analyses to evaluate scientific information; demonstrate oral and written skills in the assembly and presentation of scientific reports on biological investigations.
For more information about the USFSM laboratories at Mote and the Biology program, please visit http://usfsm.edu/blog/usfsm-now-accepting-applications-for-biology-degree/
About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)
USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in North Port and Manatee County. USFM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu