Virginia Wesleyan University – Greer Environmental Sciences Center

This LEED Gold 44,000 square foot state-of-the-art educational facility at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach provides unprecedented opportunities for students while fostering regional collaboration with organizations such as the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and the Virginia Institute for Marine Science (VIMS).

The building is organized thematically around the earth’s four spheres; atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere and features sophisticated indoor and outdoor learning spaces that embody “science on display” and promote hands-on experiences, interactive learning and interdisciplinary research.

Four large teaching laboratories related to the Earth’s spheres*

  • Ecology and Marine Biology lab
  • Earth Science lab
  • Atmospheric and Oceanography lab
  • Analytical Chemistry lab with instrumentation

Dedicated research labs*

  • Chesapeake Bay Fish lab
  • Geology and Hydrology lab
  • Nutrient Analysis lab
  • Trace Metal Analysis clean room
  • Environmental Imaging suite
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) classroom

Strategically-Placed sustainable features accessible to students*

  • Geothermal system for heating, cooling and domestic hot water
  • Array of photovoltaic panels and a small-scale demonstration wind turbine
  • Extensive green roof
  • Greenhouse and research gardens
  • Landscaping featuring native plantings, wildlife habitats
  • Vegetated bioretention basins, constructed wetlands for stormwater runoff

Versatile teaching and learning spaces*

  • 50-person, tiered lecture room
  • Two 36-person active learning classrooms
  • Two 20-person seminar rooms
  • Formal and informal study spaces located throughout

*Description as written on VWU website.

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Due to inclement weather, MSA will be closed on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Please call or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.


We moved, one floor up!  Please note our new address is 5032 Rouse Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA