Jordan Hall’s laboratories allow for cutting-edge science instruction for all students.
The expansion and modernization of the College of Science laboratories was the main impetus behind the construction of the Jordan Hall of Science, and there is little doubt that the 40 laboratories throughout the building represent a huge qualitative—not to mention quantitative—leap for science education on campus. In one swift move, the opening of Jordan Hall propelled the University to the head of the class in terms of creating unparalleled learning environments for preparing future generations of scientists.
Few universities in the world can boast of having a single, modern facility where undergraduates can perform experiments using state-of-the-art research instrumentation in the course of their studies in biology, chemistry, and physics.
The labs provide hood access for all students, pre-lab lecture space, and data analysis rooms.
In addition to state-of-the-art equipment and an abundance of space, the labs also offer students unprecedented opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration through carefully planned adjacent lab spaces. For example, the biochemistry lab is adjacent to the cell biology/genetics lab, and analytical chemistry is adjacent to ecology. By locating lab spaces in close proximity, the College of Science curriculum is on the cutting edge of the trend in science education toward multidisciplinary study.
In short, these labs now make it possible for our students to perform a wide range of complex experiments and acquire the skills necessary to conduct modern research in a safe and progressive scientific environment.
Nowhere but Notre Dame. Jordan Hall contains an array of specialized equipment rarely found in a campus teaching facility. One example is the Bruker 400-MHz NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) Spectrometer. NMR technology has revolutionized the teaching of organic chemistry and biochemistry by allowing chemistry, biology, and physics students to study molecules at the atomic level.
One of the finest NMR facilities of this type, the spectrometer has a robotic sampler for automated handling of student samples.