Need for a New Building
Biology is one of the largest and most rapidly growing disciplines at CMU. During the past decade (2001-02 to 2011-12):
Brooks Hall is not adequate to house those numbers of students and
faculty, nor does it provide the facilities needed for cutting-edge
instruction and research in the biological sciences.
majors have increased 210 percent (total enrollment 280 to 868) and
B.S. degrees awarded have increased 47 percent (116 to 170 per year)
- Graduate students increased 25 percent (48 to 60) and M.S. degrees awarded increased 55 percent (9 to 14 per year)
- Students taking biology classes increased 28 percent (5,890 to 7,515 per year)
- Tenure-track faculty have increased 71 percent (17 to 29)
- External grant funding has increased more than 10-fold ($323,000 to $3.47 million per year)
On April 11, 2013 the CMU Board of
Trustees approved the construction of the new Biosciences Building - the
largest capital project ever for the university.