Check out Florida Tech's original Florida Tech Biological Sciences film!
Learn more about Dr. Van Woesik in his Florida Tech Faculty Profile.
F.W. Olin Life Sciences Building
Olin Life Sciences contains eight teaching laboratories as well as 12 research laboratories, making it the remarkable centerpiece for the study of biological sciences on campus.
Explore this great academic facility in Florida Tech's virtual tour!
Check out more of Florida Tech's rankings and accolades.
When Comparing Biology Colleges, Consider Florida Tech
With high-tech facilities for studying tropical ecology, our biology program prepares you for the future at one of the best biology colleges.
Biology at Florida Tech is not just something you study, it's something you go out into the field and do. Florida Tech's biology program allows you to explore the field and follow your interests. Plus, you'll benefit from the department's small class size and personalized attention given by faculty. This makes us very attractive among biology colleges.
Strong Learning Relationship Between Faculty and Students
Students learn from world-renowned faculty who enjoy working closely with students. Florida Tech classes encourage a learning environment that is one of mentorship. For curriculum and career planning, students have one faculty advisor who counsels them for the entire four-year program. The strong working relationship between students and professors gives us an edge over other biology colleges.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The department has a young and active faculty who are involved in research and teaching. Undergraduate students are heavily involved in research, and usually find a home in a research group early in their career. This research-based focus gives you an opportunity to be published in scientific journals and conduct research exchanges with other biology colleges. Together, the faculty has secured $3 million in external funding for the department, as well as another $2 million to support research instrumentation. You can also build leadership and professional experience through internships and professional organizations.
High-Tech Laboratory Facilities
Biology colleges need to be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and Florida Tech is no different. Here you have access to the state-of-the-art F. W. Olin Life Sciences Building, a 70,000-square-foot teaching and research laboratory that includes an aquaculture facility, climate change institute and the offices and research labs of several of the marine biology faculty. It houses the Chemistry Department, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and rooms for NMR spectrometers, photochemistry, glassblowing and computational chemistry.
The 29,000-square-foot Harris Center for Science and Engineering serves the research needs of aquaculture and fish biology programs. Small-scale culture of algae, shellfish and fish species is conducted here. This includes:
- Eight teaching labs, 12 modern research labs, computer facility, and an electron microscope suite
- A 2,500-square-foot indoor aquaculture facility, primarily wet laboratory space
- Recirculating systems ranging from small glass aquaria to 720-gallon tanks harboring a wide variety of aquatic species
The Vero Beach Marine Laboratory is a 4-acre off-campus facility on the Atlantic Ocean where large-scale culture is conducted. The Sportfish Research Institute involves students in the study of vital sport fish species like the Atlantic Tarpon.
Among biology colleges, Florida Tech provides cutting-edge lab learning.
A Great Florida Location
Florida Tech's location on Florida's Space Coast puts it closer to rich marine environments than other biology colleges. These include the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America and the Atlantic Ocean.
Our location in a state with so many miles of coastline provides us with many local, state, and national agencies, marine environmental consulting firms, public aquaria, mariculture companies, private marine research organizations, and other places that offer internships and employment. In addition, Florida Tech is just a short trip away from the Florida Keys and the Everglades, something other biology colleges can't offer.
For entertainment, there are many attractions that are also easily accessible, such as the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo, Port Canaveral, Sebastian Inlet and Orlando theme parks. All these things combined to make Florida Tech one of the most appealing biology colleges in the country.