Integrated Biology and Chemistry In-depth

The combination of our forest, shoreline, and exceptional facilities creates a unique learning environment in which hands-on work such as labs and fieldwork is an important part of learning.

Integrated Biology and Chemistry Beach

All labs are taught by faculty and are carefully tied to lecture topics by the faculty team. Many programs incorporate long-term projects (either faculty- or student-designed) into their laboratories. In some programs, students are trained for independent operation of major instrumentation and are given unprecedented access to that instrumentation. Because of Evergreen’s location in the state, students also have opportunities for internships with state laboratories and other local agencies.

After Graduation

Evergreen science graduates have an excellent record of success in graduate and professional schools, as well as working in a variety of scientific and technical fields. An Evergreen degree with an IBC focus prepares you for jobs in laboratories, universities, or industry, and is excellent preparation for earning a graduate degree. It can be your springboard into professional school, where you’ll train to become a physician, dentist, veterinarian, or attorney. Or you can earn a teaching certificate so you can teach in high-demand science in K-12 schools. You’ll also be well prepared for a career in sales and marketing in science-related industries. The possibilities are limited only by your energy and ambition.

Facilities and Resources

Major Instrumentation 

Students of all levels have access to modern chemical research instrumentation, including a 400 MHz FT-NMR spectrometer with multinuclear capability, multiple FT-IR spectrometers, two GC-Mass spectrometers, a scanning electron microscope, Olympus confocal microscope, automontage microscopy,  an Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS), an atomic absorption spectrometer, a CHN analyzer, a UV/Vis-Discrete autoanalyzer, a mercury analyzer and an ion chromatograph. These resources as described in more detail at https://www.evergreen.edu/instrumentation.

Laboratory Space

Evergreen has several dedicated laboratories designed specifically for instruction and research in chemistry, including a state-of-the-art organic chemistry lab, a high-tech water quality analysis lab, an environmental analysis lab, two modern biochemistry and molecular biology labs, and general chemistry labs.

Computer Application Laboratory (CAL)

The CAL supports the campus community with computing technologies for scientific inquiry, with software specific to science needs such as GIS and processing software for major instrumentation.

Evergreen Ecological Observation Network (EEON)

EEON is a long-term research effort involving students and faculty conducting research in Evergreen’s 1,000-acre Puget Sound lowland second-growth rainforest. Their work is centered on 44 intensively studied long-term monitoring plots where they’re measuring biological diversity, development, carbon dynamics, and other characteristics.

Science Support Center (SSC) and Science Instructional Technicians (SITs)

The Science Support Center provides supplies such as goggles, lab coats, and other supplies, both for classes as well as Independent Learning Contracts. Science Instructional Technicians not only support program labs, but also provide training in the use of major instrumentation.

Phage Biology Lab

The phage lab has been a center for undergraduate research at Evergreen since 1972. Today, there are generally 10-15 students involved in work in the lab, analyzing these natural disease-fighting bacteriophages. Students have presented at various recent regional, national, and international meetings, including the biennial Evergreen International Phage Biology meetings and participated in the HHMI SEA-PHAGE symposium.

Science Carnival and Research Exposition

The largest event of its kind in Washington, the Science Carnival offers hundreds of presentations from Evergreen science students with an emphasis on demonstration, hands-on participation and fun. More than a thousand elementary, high-school and college students and community members crowd Red Square and the science labs to learn and get excited about science. Topics covered include chemistry, computer science, biology, food science, health, physics, optics, geology, marine science and a wide range of other disciplines.

The Chemistry and Other Sciences (ChaOS) Club

A great place for students interested in chemistry—and other scientific fields—to work together to promote science, learn more about careers, develop connections, and participate in interesting community and professional activities, including attending meetings of the American Chemistry Society (ACS). The club has won numerous national awards, including recognition in 2014 from the ACS as a Green Chemistry Student Chapter and an Honorable Mention Chapter.