The Biological Sciences Department hosts the UA Arboretum, Optical Analysis Facility, Molecular Systematics Facility, Stable Isotope and Biochemical Analysis Facility, the Analytical Aquatic Chemistry Laboratory, and the Herbarium. Many BSC faculty and students participate in and have interdepartmental collaborations through the Center for Freshwater Studies, an interdisciplinary research and education center of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Housed within the department and associated facilities are mass spectrometry instrumentation (IRMS, GC-MS), scanning and transmission electron microscopy, 2 ABI genetic analyzers, scintillation counters, standard molecular biology equipment, environmental chambers, experimental greenhouses, re-circulating mesocosms, and numerous liquid chromatographs and gas chromatographs. Instrumentation available on campus through the Department of Chemistry, the Central Analytical Facility and the Center for Materials for Information Technology include MALDI-TOF, HRMS, NMR, EPR, AFM/MFM, dual beam focused ion beam system, local electrode atom probe and amolecular modeling lab with a Silicon Graphics computer and SYBYL modeling software. The facilities are staffed and provide student training.