Brand New Building

The new Biology Building opened its doors Aug. 14, 2017, welcoming students, faculty, and staff to a new, inspiring space for the department.


  • 155,000 square-foot, $70 million
  • Four-story, LEED Gold-certified structure
  • Research labs, special collections used for teaching, and faculty offices.
  • Updated classrooms, teaching labs, and tutoring offices.
  • Student common spaces and study rooms.
  • Advising offices
  • “Science on Display”
  • Outdoor plaza with power outlets

Who uses our building

The biology department is the largest in the College of Natural Sciences, with more than 1,400 undergraduates studying in the biological science or zoology majors. More than 60 percent of all CSU undergraduates take a class in the department.

Informal learning

The “science on display” design of the building allows a view into the labs from the hallways through glass panels. One of the most striking features inside the new building is the addition of interpretive science displays throughout the first floor.

Less cost to run day by day by combining laboratory space, centralizing plumbing, ventilation, and drains, and creating significant savings.

The structure also includes a large second-level plaza, designed for outdoor gatherings and studying – complete with power outlets. Around the building, the department worked to design landscaping that features native plants and a strategic storm water collection zone.

Learn more about this new addition to CSU’s campus from our former Chair of the Department of Biology, Professor Mike Antolin. And see how the building will serve as a launching point for discovery for generations of students and scientists to come.