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The Department of Biological Sciences is located in Lisner and Bell Halls on G Street in downtown Washington, D.C. (four blocks west of the White House). The department has many modern facilities for systematic studies including a molecular systematics and paleontology laboratories; a morphometrics and image analysis lab is under construction. The nearby GW Medical School provides electron microscopy services as well as additional molecular biology facilities. The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History houses one of the world's outstanding natural history collections and support laboratories for studying and maintaining specimens, and numerous field sites are maintained by the museum worldwide.

In addition to an exciting research atmosphere at the University and the Museum, the Washington D. C. area is home to many institutions for scientific research. Graduate students collaborate and use research facilities and collections at the National Zoo, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Laboratories, National Institutes of Health, World Wildlife Organization, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Nature Conservancy. Other facilities, such as the Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, and the Carnegie Institute Radioisotope Dating Laboratory, also facilitate our scientific research. Both the University and the Museum are located in downtown Washington, D. C. An excellent subway system usually makes commuting between all these facilities easy and convenient.

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

The George Washington University is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Ten universities in the Washington area--American University, Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason Univers ity, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, the University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland--are associated in a Consortium through which they coordinate the use of their respective facilities; Trinity College is also an associate member of the Consortium. Students in approved programs leading to degrees in any one of these institutions have the opportunity to select from the combined offerings the particular courses that best meet their needs. This privilege is subject to regulations of the school in which the student is enrolled. Participation is limited to degree candidates. See the Schedule of Classes for specific regulations and information concerning registration for Consortium courses.