Knox College's biology program gives you access to state-of-the-art facilities -- and hands-on use of them early in your Knox career -- to ensure success in graduate school and careers in biology.
Hunter Biology Wing
Located in Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center, (affectionately referred to as "SMAC" around campus), the 24,000 square foot Hunter Biology Wing is devoted entirely to extensive facilities for biology classes, lab sessions and student and faculty research projects.
In the Hunter Biology Wing, every biology class has dedicated laboratory space -- which means you can set up your lab projects and return to them without having to close up shop each time. You'll work with scanning electron microscopes and electron transmission microscopes, possibly as early as your first year at Knox -- an opportunity unrivaled by institutions of Knox's size.
Our special research centers provide students and faculty engaged in research access to state-of-the-art equipment.
Knox students also have hands-on access to:
Green Oaks Field Station
One of the most unique educational resources at Knox is Green Oaks Field Station, a 700-acre preserve located just 18 miles from campus -- a distance derivable within one lab period.
Green Oaks includes several different habitats, from prairie to woodland to lakes and streams, and is ideal for both botanical and wildlife ecology. It is the site of one of the nation's oldest prairie restoration projects. Throughout the year, students conduct research projects at Green Oaks on everything from tree diversity to birds, coyotes, fish diversity, beavers, deer, and fungus -- it indeed becomes their "outdoor lab."
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
History Professor Danielle Fatkin shares artifacts from her archaeological dig in Jordan and provides a lab environment for students to develop skills in analyzing ancient pottery.
Campus event is affiliated with the national Bioneers movement, which focuses on exploring solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.