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Departments of: Biology, Chemistry, and the Environmental Studies Program
Natural Areas: The entire Mayflower Hill campus has been designated by the Maine legislature as a State Wildlife Management Area. A 128-acre part of the woodland (Perkins Arboretum) has been established as a wildlife sanctuary. The College also owns the Colby-Marston Preserve in the Belgrade Lakes area, a 34–acre tract containing a kettle–hole bog, which has been classified as a Registered Natural Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. Additional marine and lake field study sites are located nearby. Courses use these areas frequently for training in field methods, instruction about different ecosystems and for faculty and student research projects.
Buildings: The three recently remodeled science buildings, and the F.W. Olin Science Center have excellent teaching and research laboratories furnished with the necessary equipment to undertake sophisticated environmental investigations. Colby students have access to state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools that enable them to create sophisticated computerized maps, analyze complex spatial data, and produce professional-looking cartographic output. This GIS software has been actively used in the classroom, most notably with students in the “Problems in Environmental Science” capstone course in the Biology:Environmental Science major.
The Allyn-Smith Science Library, where science texts, journals, and indexes are available in paper, compact disc, and online formats to facilitate student research, is located in the F.W. Olin Science Center. It is also a repository for maps and other publications of the United States Geological Survey.