Cell & Molecular Imaging Center

This center provides state of the art equipment and training for many aspects of contemporary biological light microscopy and cellular imaging. This includes confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, deconvolution, calcium ratio imaging, time-lapse photography, morphometric image analysis and more.

Electron Microscopy Facility

The Electron Microscopy Facility at SF State houses a Carl Zeiss Ultra 55 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) that provides SF State faculty, local universities and industrial partners with the ability to perform cutting-edge research on naturally-occurring and fabricated nanostructures across a broad range of disciplines.

Estuary & Ocean Science Center

San Francisco State University's Marine Laboratory: Advancing the understanding of the world’s complex marine and estuarine environments through research, education and outreach, with a focus on San Francisco Bay. Many SF State faculty and students with interests in Marine Biology are located here.

Genomics/Transcriptomics Analysis Core

The Genomics/Transcriptomics Analysis Core provides molecular genetics equipment, computer analysis facilities and training in the use of the facilities  to undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and visiting researchers. 


Located just north of Hensill Hall, the Greenhouse at SF State is a modern, computer-controlled greenhouse that supports research and teaching in the Department of Biology.

Harry D. Thiers Herbarium

The Harry D. Thiers Herbarium at San Francisco State University maintains over 113,000 specimens. 

Poster Printing Facility

Location: Hensill Hall 122. The large format printer in the Poster Printing Facility (PPF) is available to SF State Biology faculty, students and staff for printing conference posters, signs and banners.

Science Education Partnership and Assessment Lab (SEPAL)

Location: Hensill Hall 236. Highlights the teaching philosophies of different instructors in the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Lab.

Sierra Nevada Field Campus

The Sierra Nevada Field Campus (SNFC) is in Sierra County at 1900 meters in elevation. It is an ideal location for researchers studying montane organisms. In summer it offers a rich curriculum of courses.


The Biology Stockroom provides a variety of services to the Department of Biology faculty, staff and students. Laboratory and field materials and equipment are available on a check out basis. General laboratory supplies are available for classroom use and can be purchased on a recharge basis for research laboratories.

College of Science & Engineering Facilities Locations