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The Biology Greenhouse outside of Owens Science Hall on a rainy night.

Hands-on experiences

Biology Facilities

Our Facilities

The Biology Department maintains multiple facilities at the University of St. Thomas that serve as classroom and research sites for students. We have state-of-the-art equipment onsite that gives students practical experiences using the same instrumentation as practitioners in the field.

Our department prides itself on providing the tools students need in order to get the hands-on experiences necessary for a variety of careers. We oversee and maintain:

  • Several pieces of state-of-the-art equipment, such as the flow cytometer, confocal microscope, extracellular flux analyzer and quantitative PCR instrumentation.
  • Experimental Stewardship Garden where students conduct experiments improving urban agriculture practices while supplying healthy foods to the community.
  • Two greenhouses and a medicinal garden serving a source of plants for teaching, research and a spot for quiet and solitude.
  • The Pollinator Path allows students, faculty and staff at the university, as well as the public, to study pollinator activity and learn how to support declining pollinator populations.

Please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions about our facilities and equipment.


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St. Thomas student working with yellow liquid in science lab.

State-of-the-art equipment


The department's state-of-the-art equipment in the Frey Science and Engineering Center enhance field and laboratory research opportunities as well as the laboratory portions of our courses. Housed in Owens Science Hall, our facilities include eight teaching labs, twelve research labs, a greenhouse, a darkroom and multi-purpose classrooms.

List of Equipment


The greenhouses serve as a perfect opportunity to complete biology courses and get involved with research throughout your time at St. Thomas.

A student talks to their classmates during a biology class in a greenhouse.


The greenhouses are used by students in introductory and advanced biology courses.

Find Biology Courses
A student works on a robotic farming tool in the greenhouse.

Medicinal Garden

The medicinal garden is reminiscent of monastery gardens from the Middle Ages. It was designed to be both a source of plants for laboratory teaching and research and a spot for quiet and solitude. We have found it to be a great source of forage for many pollinators, including several hummingbirds. The garden is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Medicinal Garden
Two students talk with each other as they examine flowers along the Pollinator Path.

Discover St. Thomas’ pollinators

Walk the Pollinator Path

The Pollinator Path allow students, faculty, staff and visitors to study pollinator activity and learn how to support declining pollinator populations.

Pollinator Story Map
A student washes carrots in the Stewardship Garden.

A community project

Stewardship Garden

The Stewardship Garden is a community garden project led by University of St. Thomas undergraduates and advised by Dr. Adam Kay.

Contact Information

Questions? Feel free to contact us!

Mailing Address

Mail OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Campus Location

We are located on the third floor of the Owens Science Hall in room #352