The Bullock Science Center, opened in 2003, houses the biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology departments. The focal point of the 115,000 square foot building is the atrium which contains a three-story rendering of a portion of a DNA molecule with the nucleotide sequence of Agnes Scott’s mitochondrial DNA. Furniture clusters in the public area of the Bullock Science Center provide compelling gathering spots for student study groups. Sofas, wingback chairs, coffee tables and bulletin boards encourage open interaction and spontaneous discussion.
Over 40% of the space in the Bullock Science Center is occupied by the biology department. In addition to classrooms and teaching laboratories, the building provides equipped research laboratories for each faculty member and their research team and has numerous facilities and instrumentation to support student/faculty research. These include:
- scanning tunneling microscope and atomic force microscope, laser scanning confocal microscope, and both scanning and transmission electron microscopes
- clean room/cell culture room with two laminar flow hoods
- walk-in cold and warm rooms and environmental plant growth chambers
- glassware wash and sterilization facility
- chemical stockroom
- equipped individual faculty research laboratories
- student project laboratories in addition to dedicated teaching laboratories
- classrooms with adjoining teaching lab facilities containing state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment
- research support equipment, including thermal cyclers, centrifuges and microcentrifuges, refrigerators and freezers, including 2 ultralow freezers, incubators, microplate readers, including one for fluorescence and luminescence, electroporation unit, spectrophotometers, gel imaging and documentation systems, automated chromatography equipment, hybridization oven, mini-prep instrument, etc.