The Bullock Science Center, opened in 2003, houses the chemistry, biology, 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.

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. State-of-the-art instrumentation in the Bullock Science Center includes:

  • Two chemistry computer laboratories for data collection and analysis
  • Five faculty/student chemistry research laboratories
  • Dedicated teaching laboratories for introductory, organic, analytical, physical, and inorganic chemistry as well as biochemistry
  • Multi-purpose chemistry instrumentation laboratory used in almost every chemistry course
  • Chemistry student support suite including a student collaborative learning center and an office for teaching assistants who provide daily learning support
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) laboratory facility with NMR spectrometer for investigation of molecular structure and dynamics
  • Scanning tunneling microscope and atomic force microscope used to study topography, conductivity, reactivity and hardness of surfaces or of molecules attached to surfaces at the atomic and molecular level
  • X-ray spectrometer, which allows quantum mechanics experiments of many sorts using X-rays as the probe
  • Walk-in cold and warm rooms and environmental plant growth chambers, which provide controlled conditions for experimentation
  • Confocal laser fluorescent microscope for three-dimensional digital cell imaging; scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope for ultrafine resolution of cells and organisms
  • Clean room/cell culture room with two laminar flow hoods
  • Glassware wash and sterilization facility
  • Chemical stockroom
  • Student project laboratories in addition to dedicated teaching laboratories
  • Classrooms with adjoining teaching lab facilities containing state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment


Bullock Atrium