The CF biology lab is equipped to introduce students to cellular biology as well as organismal biology. On the cellular biology side, student projects are designed to investigate various aspects of cellular design, metabolism, and genetics. Common experiments include: cellular fractionation (separation of cell components); classification of common carbohydrates; investigating the effects of pH, temperature, and inhibitors on enzyme activity; DNA extraction; spectrophotometric quantification of DNA and proteins; and an introduction to molecular biology informational databases and resources.
On the organismal side, the biology lab contains preserved specimens and models of a wide range of representative species from the Kingdoms Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, and Eubacteria. Students are encouraged to investigate the diversity of life through microscopic analysis as well as dissection of preserved specimens.
Equipment and materials commonly used in the biology lab include:
- Motic BA 200 compound microscopes
- LaMotte Smart Spectro spectrophotometers
- Isotemp water baths
- Preserved specimens and models representative of Kingdoms Eubacteria, Protista, Fungi, Animalia, and Plantae