Academic Biology Learning Environment

Academic Biology Learning Environment (ABLE)

ABLE, short for Academic Biology Learning Environment is a resource area in the Science and Health Science Living-Learning Community Room on the first floor in Columbia Residence Hall. ABLE is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend access will be announced.

What is the purpose of ABLE?

ABLE provides a place and resources for students in introductory biology courses to study individually and in groups together and with faculty.

What is available at ABLE?

Academic Biology Learning Environment

  • Learning Resources: Bones and skeletons; biological models (hearts, kidneys, muscle, bones, brains, blood vessels, eyes, ears, etc); manipulatives for studying complex processes (protein synthesis, inheritance, cell division, etc.); charts and posters; computer software; and more!
  • Microscopes and slides from lab courses
  • Books and workbooks
  • Faculty: Many faculty members of the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences will hold office hours at ABLE. See attached list.
  • Tutoring: Tutors from Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and University Tutorial Services.
  • Review Sessions: Review sessions for A & P and Concepts in Biology.
  • Computers: Two computers with anatomy and histology software are available.

ABLE Events

April 5, 6 to 7 pm – “All about the MCAT.” Sponsored by the Pre-Med Club.

Review Sessions

A & P I

  • April 13: 5 to 6 p.m. for Lecture Exam 3
  • April 27: 5 to 6 p.m. for Lecture Exam 4

A & P II

  • April 6: 4 to 5 p.m. for Lecture Exam 3
  • April 27: 4 to 5 p.m. for Lecture Exam 4
  • May 8: 3 to 5 p.m. for Lab exam 3

Concepts in Biology I

  • April 6: 5 to 6 pm for Lecture Exam 3
  • April 27: 3 to 4 p.m. for Lecture Exam 4


Who Has Access to ABLE?

ALL students enrolled in Concepts in Biology I, Anatomy & Physiology I and II. Access is currently through the back door to Columbia off the basketball court. If you find it locked, you may enter by calling the Living Learning Community phone (389-2833) in the Columbia Residence Hall vestibule.

Note: You do not need to live in Columbia Hall or on campus to access ABLE. Please sign in when using all ABLE resources.

ABLE is supported by a Bloomsburg University, TALE Center faculty grant.


Tutoring Sessions

Tri-Beta, the Biology Honor Society, will provide tutoring in ABLE for Concepts in Biology; A & P; Human Biology; Cells, Genes, and Molecules; Ecology and Evolution; Cell Biology and Microbiology each Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Faculty Office Hours

Faculty Office Hours in ABLE/Faculty office cubicle. Come visit us! Bring your lecture guides, books, and materials with you!

  • Monday 9 to 9:50am Mr. Alex Hoke (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
  • Monday 2 to 3:00pm Prof. Heitzman (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
  • Monday 3 to 4:00pm Mr. Alex Hoke (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
  • Monday 4 to 5:00pm Ms. Krystan Mackert (A&P)
  • Tuesday 9 to 11:00am Mr. Sean Hartzel (Concepts in Biology)
  • Tuesday 11:30am to 1:00pm Mr. Brad Ohlinger (Concepts in Biology
  • Tuesday 2 to 3:00pm Dr. Amin (A&P)
  • Wednesday 9 to 10:30am Ms. Stephanie Buczkowski (A&P)


  • Wednesday 11 am to 12:30pm Mr. Brad Ohlinger (Concepts in Biology)
  • Wednesday 2 to 3:30pm Mr. John Pohling (A&P)
  • Thursday 9:30 to 11:00am Mr. John Pohling (A&P)
  • Thursday Noon to 1:00pm Dr. Nolt (Concepts in Biology)
  • Thursday 4 to 5:00pm Dr. Surmacz (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
  • Friday 9 to 9:50am Mr. Alex Hoke (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
  • Friday 2 to 3:00pm Ms. Stephanie Buczkowski (A&P)