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Robinson Science Hall

The William P. and Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall is a three-story, 63,000-square-foot facility dedicated to biology, chemistry and health science. Robinson Hall contains high-tech classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories, research facilities and instrumentation that enable the faculty-student research and hands-on learning for which Whitworth is known. The building's main level features a coffee shop, study areas and a plaza; faculty offices on each level enhance faculty-student interaction. Campus landscaping includes two teaching gardens with native plants and trees that reflect a variety of distinct zones in the Northwest. The Nelson Garden also includes a lighted courtyard, a water feature and benches with Wi-Fi hotspots.

Highlights of Robinson Science Hall:

  • Compound and stereo microscopes for lab courses
  • Crystallography center equipped with a single-crystal X-ray diffractometer
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer
  • qPCR instrument for molecular analysis
  • Vivarium to study live animals
  • Anatomy & physiology lab with human cadavers


Dornsife Health Sciences Building

The Dana & David Dornsife Health Sciences Building is a three-story, 38,000-square-foot facility on the north side of campus that houses the Whitworth Master's in Athletic Training Program and two new doctoral programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy.

The space includes a motion analysis research lab, exercise physiology lab, anatomy lab, simulation labs, dedicated classroom and functional lab spaces to support the unique needs of each of its health programs.

The human performance lab is an 1,800 square-foot facility which houses state-of-the-art equipment designed for students and faculty to assess health- and performance-related physiology. Key features include:

  • Muscle dolorimetry, dynamometry, electromyography (EMG) and stimulation
  • 12- and 3-lead electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Resting and active metabolic assessment (exercise and VO2max testing, basal metabolic rate, etc.).
  • Body composition (BodPod, calipers, segmental BIA, etc.)
  • Muscle and blood oxygen saturation
  • Blood glucose, lipid, and lactate assessment
  • Portable ultrasound imaging
  • Wearable technology for cardiac, sleep, muscle and blood oxygen saturation, and movement assessment
  • Treadmills, cycle, rowing, and ski ergometers, free weight, functional, and Olympic lifting resistance equipment
  • Adaptive exercise equipment for youth and para-athletes.

The athletic training classroom includes a standard lecture area, adjacent to lab space that mimics a fully functional athletic training clinic (including eight treatment tables, six taping stations, therapeutic modality and rehabilitation equipment, and a wet lab area). This space is used for both undergraduate and graduate athletic training courses.