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Unrivaled access to outstanding lab facilities and a warm, close-knit community of students and faculty are hallmarks of the natural sciences at DeSales.

Programs in the natural sciences offer a uniquely DeSales experience. Our small class sizes, modern laboratories, and supportive community create an atmosphere for learning enriched by our Salesian values. Your teachers, advisors and research mentors know you and are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty represent a broad range of individual specialties and are well-respected for their research and professional activities. You will have the opportunity to take part in research, publish and present your work, and participate in a dynamic community of scientific inquiry.

You’ll have hands-on access to facilities unrivaled at many other universities. The Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center offers state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, and physics. 

Biology, Neuroscience Find New Home in Campbell Hall

by Janelle Hill Aug 13, 2019
Campbell Hall Exterior 2019

After a summer of renovations, DeSales University has another building devoted to the sciences. Campbell Hall has been transformed to exclusively house the biology and neuroscience programs.

“The sciences and health-care programs have expanded tremendously in the last 10 to 15 years,” says Dr. Joseph Leese, associate professor of biology. “We had really outgrown the Hurd Science Center.”

Campbell Hall now features two teaching laboratories that can run sections of the same course simultaneously, four research laboratories, a conference room, and faculty offices. It will remain home to the Gates Distance Learning Center, a state-of-the-art video conferencing and media training center, which biology and neuroscience will use for pre-lab lectures and upper-level classes.  

“It’s going to give us more flexibility. To have newly-renovated lab spaces invigorates the program and gets everybody excited. It’s fantastic.”

Dr. Joseph Leese, associate professor of biology

Adds Marc Albanese, vice president for campus environment: “The building was being underutilized, and they were rotating classrooms in Hurd. This is a considerably larger space dedicated to biology and neuroscience, while chemistry and other majors will now have more capacity in Hurd.” 

Campbell is also getting new equipment, including microscopes. Each teaching lab will have microscopes wired into the instructor podiums that can display images on televisions around the classroom, giving students multiple vantage points of the specimens they are studying. 

“Students are interested in science and health care, and DeSales does that really well,” says Leese. “With this building, we now have the opportunity to grow the new neuroscience program. The building also provides the potential to add on in the future in ways that Hurd doesn’t. It’s a huge plus.”  

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Biology, Neuroscience Find New Home in Campbell Hall

by Janelle Hill Aug 13, 2019
Campbell Hall Exterior 2019

After a summer of renovations, DeSales University has another building devoted to the sciences. Campbell Hall has been transformed to exclusively house the biology and neuroscience programs.

“The sciences and health-care programs have expanded tremendously in the last 10 to 15 years,” says Dr. Joseph Leese, associate professor of biology. “We had really outgrown the Hurd Science Center.”

Campbell Hall now features two teaching laboratories that can run sections of the same course simultaneously, four research laboratories, a conference room, and faculty offices. It will remain home to the Gates Distance Learning Center, a state-of-the-art video conferencing and media training center, which biology and neuroscience will use for pre-lab lectures and upper-level classes.  

“It’s going to give us more flexibility. To have newly-renovated lab spaces invigorates the program and gets everybody excited. It’s fantastic.”

Dr. Joseph Leese, associate professor of biology

Adds Marc Albanese, vice president for campus environment: “The building was being underutilized, and they were rotating classrooms in Hurd. This is a considerably larger space dedicated to biology and neuroscience, while chemistry and other majors will now have more capacity in Hurd.” 

Campbell is also getting new equipment, including microscopes. Each teaching lab will have microscopes wired into the instructor podiums that can display images on televisions around the classroom, giving students multiple vantage points of the specimens they are studying. 

“Students are interested in science and health care, and DeSales does that really well,” says Leese. “With this building, we now have the opportunity to grow the new neuroscience program. The building also provides the potential to add on in the future in ways that Hurd doesn’t. It’s a huge plus.”  

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