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Designed for the Sciences

Eight years in design, two years under construction, Austin Peay’s new science building is one of the South’s premier science teaching facilities, offering students unsurpassed convenience, safety and educational research opportunities.

  • Networked classrooms and labs let students download projected slides, graphs and lecture material from their desk—or their dorm room-—with one keystroke.

Sundquist building from the outside

  • Abundant lab space allows students to run experiments over a period of time--without dismantling projects.
  • Evacuation hoods continually exhaust air away from lab areas so students work safely and comfortably.
  • Two specially equipped microbiology labs allow students to conduct research using current molecular-based technology.

There’s More.

Along with state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space, the science building offers:

  • Superbly equipped instrument labs with several major analytical instruments.
  • Museum of zoology with more than 20,000 specimens.
  • Herbarium with more than 30,000 specimens.
  • Planetarium

A Program without Equal

The most credible views on a program are those of former students. Here’s what some distinguished graduates have to say about the Austin Peay science program and faculty.

“The faculty members were so excited and enthusiastic about their subjects they made even potentially dull subjects like plant morphology interesting. The biology program also gave me good basic scientific fundamentals to build on. I learned how to learn.”
Dr. James B. Mitchell
Chief of the Radiation Biology Branch of the National
Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

“The faculty made a point of putting us in the streams and hedgerows... If I had to do everything over again, I’d do the same thing. The quality of the education, the faculty...I couldn’t have done any better.”
Dr. Jack Sites, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

“It’s a great program. Rigorous, but great. And the small student-to-faculty ratio is important. You know the faculty; they know you.”
Rhonda Banasiak, medical technologist
Northcrest Medical Center, Springfield, Tenn.

I matured through the gentle guidance of the faculty. Rather than simply filling me with information, they taught me to think through the complex issues life brings.
Ron Holcomb, consulting manager
Virchow Krause & Co., Madison, Wisconsin

In addition to providing me with a solid background in physics, the faculty gave me an opportunity to participate in research and to analyze and solve problems. The skills I learned have served me well throughout my career.
Jim Roe, principal engineer
Computer Sciences Corporation, Huntsville, Ala.

The chemistry program prepared me well for what was to come: medical school, residency and pediatrics. And I felt that the entire department cared about me as a student and as a person.
Dr. Jeff Beardmore, pediatrician
Arnett Clinic, Lafayette, Indiana

I attended dental school with students from schools all over the South. And the preparation I received in chemistry was as strong as theirs in every way: lectures, labs, everything.
Dr. Jay Yarbrough, dentist, Clarksville, Tenn.