Jennings Hall

Jennings Hall (formerly, Botany and Zoology Building) is located in the heart of the 12th Avenue medical/life-sciences research corridor; completed, September 1914, the first academic building constructed off the Oval. Renamed, 2002, to honor former Ohio State President Edward H. Jennings. Total renovation: 2004

Second floor: home to the Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE) Basement, 1st and 2nd floors accommodate laboratories, classrooms and offices serving Ohio State’s largest undergraduate major — and one of its most popular GEC courses — biology.

Third floor: houses NSF-funded Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), where researchers apply diverse mathematical tools to explore important problems in the biological and health sciences; teach and train students; and sponsor special-topic workshops open to scientists around the world.

The three-story Jacobethan Revival building with parapet, projecting gables, classical entry surround and duel copper domes housed classroom and laboratories for three of the university’s oldest departments: botany, zoology and entomology, with multiple adjacent gardens and greenhouses. It was renamed in 2002 to honor former Ohio State President Edward H. Jennings.

In 2005, a total and careful renovation preserved architectural style while updating classroom and laboratory spaces for the Center for Life Sciences Education and its biology courses.

Student-oriented, Jennings features a 1st- floor student lounge and window seats on all floors, an outdoor Living-Learning Courtyard planted with species endemic to Ohio and a large, new free-standing auditorium for lectures and special events.

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