Huntington University's science programs are housed in the 90,000 square-foot Dowden Science Hall, which opened in 2002. Our state-of-the-art facility features a quality learning environment with student-friendly spaces, cutting-edge equipment for teaching and research specialty equipment, well-designed laboratories and research spaces, and multimedia classrooms in rich, art-infused aesthetic surroundings. The grounds of Huntington's beautiful campus contain a historic arboretum, Lake Sno-Tip, and dozens of acres of adjacent forest and natural areas, all within a few minutes walk from our classrooms. Interested in seeing our facilities in person? Schedule a campus visit!
The Biology department maintains four outstanding teaching laboratories that are fully equipped for classes in anatomy and physiology, botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, zoology, and more.
The University's green house is in full bloom! It features a permanent collection of tropical and desert plants and is maintained by students and faculty for teaching and research purposes. It is located on the second floor of the Dowden Science Hall, directly adjacent to two of our teaching labs.
The Huntington University Herbarium was founded in 1903, by Dr. Fred Loew, and is one of the oldest and largest herbaria of any Christian college in the Midwest and garnered national attention. Plant samples date back to the late 1800s, and the collection contains more than 12,000 specimens. Check out its listing on the New York Botanical Garden's international registry.
Thornhill Nature Preserve
The private 77-acre reserve includes a variety of diverse habitats, including evergreen and deciduous forest, a woodland pond, meadows, and wetlands. The diverse ecosystem supports a wide variety of wildflowers, trees, mammals, and birds.
Fred A. Loew Arboretum
Immediately adjacent to Huntington’s beautiful campus is the Fred A. Loew Arboretum and Campus Woods. With 35 acres of deciduous upland and lowland forest, two streams, and several old fields, the arboretum and woods provides an excellent outdoor lab for our environmental science, ecology, and botany courses. The arboretum features hundreds of specimens of local and international tree species planted by former HU Biology professor, Fred A. Loew, in the early 1900s. Current student projects include an ongoing effort to eradicate invasive bush honeysuckle and European privet from the perimeter of the woods.
Several off-campus study opportunities are available to our students. Those who wish to obtain further experiences in environmental science and ecology are encouraged to register for classes through the AuSable Institute for Environmental Studies. Sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the courses offered by the AuSable Institute count as full credit at Huntington and allow you to obtain in-depth field experiences in northern Michigan, the Pacific Northwest, and Costa Rica.
Internships are encouraged and can provide students with practical experience in their chosen field. Area research facilities are very amenable to these internships.