Bowdoin's location on the Maine coast makes it possible to extend classroom and the lab into the field and find a diversity of habitats, species, and processes to study.
The biology department is based in a 106,000 square-foot interdisciplinary science facility. Its laboratories include large refrigerated marine aquaria, a confocal microscopy lab, a scanning electron microscope, chemidoc imager, spectrophotometric and fluorometric instruments, a variety of centrifuges, tissue and cell culture facilities, and other research apparatus. The Hatch Science Library provides on-line databases for thousands of journals related to the biological sciences. The department also maintains extensive time-lapse photography and fluorescence microscope photography facilities, along with video equipment to generate three-dimensional animation of biological processes
Bowdoin's location on the Maine coast makes it possible to extend classroom and the lab into the field and find a diversity of habitats, species, and processes to study. The College maintains several off-campus properties of great interest to the biology program: its 118-acre Schiller Coastal Studies Center, along with a diversity of estuarine and terrestrial habitats; the Bowdoin Pines, a 33-acre old growth stand of white pines; 83 acres of mixed coastal habitat on Coleman Farm, and the Bowdoin Scientific Station at Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy, a 200-acre seabird nesting island with a field research station for students, faculty, and visiting scientists in ecology, animal behavior, marine biology, botany, and meteorology.