Department of Biology Facilities

The Reynolds Science Center houses the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Departments.  

The Science Center underwent a major renovation in 1998 that added a completely new wing and a sixty seat planetarium to the building. Several multimedia lecture halls were also added to the building.


Reynolds Science Center

A climate controlled greenhouse was also built for the Department of Biology during the renovation. The greenhouse is home to a diverse variety of plants that are used in laboratories and for research. It also houses a small pond for aquatic plants. 



The department maintains study collections of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. A research collection is maintained separately (3,100 fishes, 1,300 reptiles and amphibians, and 600 specimens of mammals). In addition, a collection of over 250 mounted birds is on public display. The Henderson State University Herbarium is also located in the Reynolds Science Center. It houses over ten thousand vascular plant and bryophyte specimens.



The laboratories are well equipped and many have network capability. The animal physiology lab uses laptop computers to run physiology experiments. The microbiology and cell biology labs are equipped with an automated steam sterilizer, and four biosafety cabinets with HEPA filtration systems, as well as PCR and electrophoresis equipment. A well stocked chemical store room, managed by Henderson's Chemical Hygiene Officer, supplies all science labs. The Department of Biology also possesses two environmental chambers, a Cary 50 UV spectrophotometer, 107 stereomicroscopes, 187 student-grade microscopes and two research-grade microscopes that are used for digital imaging. 


Aquarium in Biology Department


Through a grant, the Department of Biology purchased a new computer and an embosser to benefit our visually impaired students. The department has also acquired an approximately 200 gallon saltwater aquarium with over 100 lbs. of "live rock." The aquarium is also home to macroalgae, pulsing soft coral, brain coral, anemones, a banded coral shrimp, an eel, snails, and colorful marine fish. 


HSU's Simonson Biological Field Station

Thanks to generous donations by Henderson alumni Dr. Della Sue Simonson and Col. Eugene Simonson, and Simonson family member Mr. Rush Simonson, the biology department has constructed the Simonson Biological Field Station, located on 104 acres of land on the north shore of DeGray Lake.  


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