UC Davis Today
‘Extraordinary’ building raises the bar on science education
The Sciences Laboratory Building is among the most advanced science teaching facilities in California, designed exclusively for instructing a new generation of biologists and chemists.
Since it opened in 2005, the 140,000-square-foot facility has served as the leading campus center for undergraduate learning in biology and chemistry, among the most popular subjects here. The Sciences Laboratory Building offers 34 lab classrooms, two computer labs, a teaching greenhouse, five student discussion rooms and learning centers, and offices. The building is located in the campus’ Life Sciences District. A separate building next door hosts the campus’s largest lecture hall at 517 seats and 11,355 square feet.
The Sciences Laboratory Building is an example of how UC Davis prepares students to join the high-tech scientific workforce of tomorrow.
(Neema Shah, left, a biological sciences major, and Amanda Kwong, a neurobiology, physiology and behavior major, observe aquatic life in a small aquarium during an introductory biology class on evolution and ecology. The students were studying how fish and mosquito larvae change behavior in the presence of different predators. Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)