Knowlton Science Center open fall 2023
biology, chemistry, dietetics teaching labs
Like Centennial Hall changed academic studies. And Sommer Center changed the study of sports science. Knowlton will change science studies for Bluffton students.
Six labs, faculty offices and room for student collaboration is in the nearly 20,000-square foot center. The wheelchair-accessible center opened in fall 2023.
New state-of-the art equipment include microscopes and dissecting scopes with digital cameras so images from the scopes can be slown on large monitors. Biology students have access to an anamotage table. A larger autoclave is scheduled to arrive in winter 2024. The chemistry lab features a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance machine.
Physics will remain in Shoker Science Center. Knowlton has two options to expand in the future, for additional faculty offices and labs as science and health-science programs grow.
The $10 million building is named after Austin E. Knowlton, who owned Knowlton Construction Company. The Knowlton Foundation supports STEM education, particularly on college campuses.