Built in 1970, the Pearce Science Center houses the biology, biochemistry, chemistry, psychology, and physics disciplines. In October 2010, the National Science Foundation announced that it would help fund the multi-year transformation of Pearce with a $1.2 million grant.
Facilities within the building include:
- Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes
- Chemistry Department Instrumentation NMR
- Cell and Tissue Culture Lab
- Molecular Biology Facilities
- Computer Lab
- Microbiology Lab
- Animal Care Facilities
- Wet lab
The Shenandoah Valley, with mountainous boundaries to the east and west provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of ecosystems. Local terrain includes more than 2,000 feet of change in elevation. The high buffering from limestone/dolomite bedrock in the valley contrasts with the quartz and greenstone ridges, which provide no buffering for acid rain in the mountains. The Valley is equidistant from the 6,518-acre Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness to the west, and the 9,835-acre St. Mary’s Wilderness to the east. In addition to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, we also make use of the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park for field studies.