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A science lab within the Janet Ayers Academic Center


Leading-edge Research Facilities

The College of Sciences and Mathematics is housed in the $76 million Janet Ayers Academic Center, an 186,000 square foot structure that features state-of-the-art instructional spaces and research laboratories for the natural sciences, computer and data science, and mathematics. The building, which opened in fall 2014, also includes the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Theology and Christian Ministry.

Ayers, or the JAAC (sounds like Jack) as our student like to say, houses approximately 32,000 square feet devoted to the College of Science and Mathematics containing 26 science labs outfitted with more than $2 million in equipment, including:

  • State of the art spectrometers
  • A microwave reaction chamber
  • A cold room and incubators for biological studies
  • A state-of-the-art laser laboratory
  • Acoustics laboratory
  • Operational green roof
  • Ecology/zoology/botany lab
  • Anatomy and physiology labs
  • Organic chemistry lab
  • Chemistry instrumentation lab
  • Zebrafish lab
  • Tissue Culture lab
  • Microscopy suite
  • Cell/Molecular/Genomics lab
  • Learning lab - animal lab with Skinner boxes, a radial maze and attenuation chambers
  • Physiological lab - EEG, reaction time, and biofeedback equipment
  • Social/Development lab - audio-visual recording equipment, two way mirrors
  • Dissection lab - numerous models to guide anatomical dissections
  • Cognition/Sensation and Perception lab - eye tracking, oculus devices

At many universities these types of high-caliber equipment and research spaces are reserved strictly for graduate students. However, at Belmont undergraduate students have exclusive access to these features during daily classes, labs and research projects.