Sampson Hoffland Laboratories

Students with majors and minors in chemistry and biology attend courses in Sampson Hoffland.

With its floor to ceiling windows, the Sampson Hoffland Atrium is a favorite study spot for students.

One of 17 labs for students attending courses in chemistry and biology.

One of 17 labs for students attending courses in chemistry and biology.

Study lounges in Sampson Hoffland are popular for their natural light and convenient access to faculty offices.

Sampson Hoffland Exterior
Sampson Hoffland Atrium
Sampson Hoffland Lab
Sampson Hoffland Lab
Sampson Hoffland Study Lounge

Sampson Hoffland Laboratories houses the Chemistry and Biology departments. Built to environmentally sound LEED standards, Sampson Hoffland features 17 teaching labs and faculty-student research areas, along with study areas adjacent to faculty offices. Sampson Hoffland is connected to the Valders Hall of Science and is located across from Ylvisaker Hall.


  • Student study areas account for more than 4,800 square feet.
  • Specialized laboratories dedicated to developmental biology, cell culture, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, light microscopy, and digital image processing.
  • Overholt Human Anatomy Laboratory: Modern and secure space for studying human anatomy through cadaver dissection.
  • Developmental/Cell Biology laboratory: 2,000 square foot facility that provides teaching and research space.
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Building: Contains rain garden to limit runoff going to storm water system, protection of native habitat (oak savanna), low volatile organic compounds, and low-emissivity glass (allows heat in during winter and keeps it out in summer). In addition, the building was built with sustainable resources.

Quick Facts

  • Built in 2008
  • $20 million addition that houses chemistry and biology facilities