Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
"The mission of the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences is to empower and serve Barbados and the region through fostering teaching excellence/scholarship, knowledge creation and embracing innovation in the Biological & Chemical Sciences".
The Department came into existence on August 01, 1996, as a result of the fusion of the former Departments of Biology and Chemistry. The Department is situated at the top of a coral escarpment overlooking the sea and is housed in the Chemistry and Biology buildings. Both these buildings were expanded in 1996 using funds from the UWI/IDB loan.
There are six teaching laboratories with preparation rooms, one large research laboratory for Chemistry graduate students, six research instrument rooms, two computer rooms (undergraduate and postgraduate), four teaching/seminar rooms, tissue culture and microscopy suites, a fermentation laboratory. Each Academic staff member has an individual office and access to a research laboratory. The Department houses the Barbados National Herbarium (BAR) and Giant African Snail projects. Through a long standing relationship with McGill University, the Department has access to the marine biology and fisheries facilities of the Bellairs Research Institute of McGill University. This is situated on the west coast of Barbados near Holetown, less than 10km from the campus. Through an agreement with the Barbados National Trust, the Department has access to Andromeda Botanic Gardens on the east coast of Barbados. The Department has its own subscriptions to Science and Current Advances in Plant Sciences. There is provision for access to on-line databases and journals for literature searches. In addtion, staff and students have access to most on-line services including e-mail, moodle and e-learning.