The Norman C. Francis Academic/Science Complex
The Norman C. Francis Academic/ Science Complex, which is shown in the photo above, is home to the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Math. The Biology Department occupies the fourth floor. We moved in from our previous facilities in the Administration Building in 1988. The NCF building is home to lecture classrooms, teaching labs and faculty research laboratories. Because of the growing success of Xavier's programs leading into medicine, pharmacy, and graduate school, the NCF Building became overcrowded. In 1999, the NCF-Addition was completed, more than doubling the physical plant of the science departments.
Teaching Facilities. In the Biology Department, lectures are given in one of the many lecture halls within the NCF complex. Most lecture rooms are now equipped with the latest in electronic instructional media including projection systems for laptop computers, internet access and document cameras. Teaching labs have television monitors mounted from the ceiling that can project images from a microscope.
Research Facilities. The department has several core research facilities which are shared by faculty. We have facilities for general research techniques such as spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis and histology. Faculty have set up brand new facilities for cell culture and molecular biological techniques.