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St. Philip's College Library

MLK Campus: 210-486-2330
Location: Center for Learning Resources (CLR)

SWC Campus: 210-486-7023
Location: Building 1-C123


The Dr. Lanier E. Byrd Sanctuary -  The Natural Sciences Tutoring Lab 

The Natural Sciences Tutoring Lab, affectionately named The Byrd Sanctuary in honor of the late and former Natural Science Department Chair Dr. Lanier E. Byrd, provides support to St. Philip's College students to promote academic and personal growth in the Natural Sciences, as well as to develop an appreciation for learning and life-long success. 

"The Byrd" is a free-tutoring lab available exclusively to students enrolled in SPC Natural Science courses to utilize throughout the entire academic year in order to succeed in their studies in the Natural Science Department and the various disciples that the department serves.  The Byrd delivers essential tutoring services to students in a motivational and stimulating environment in an effort to inspire the academic interest and success of the individual student in the Natural Sciences courses.  The Byrd is maintained by a dedicated staff of knowledgeable professionals with degrees in the various subject areas, is supported by the Faculty in the Natural Science department and offers peer tutoring services from current St. Philip's students.  Additionally, The Byrd is well equipped with the materials and study resources that are essential for student success. 



Welcome to St. Philip's College and The Natural Sciences Department. We look forward to supporting you in achieving your academic and career goals. 

Have a Wonderful Year! 

     Cheers To Your Individual Success!

             The Natural Science Department Faculty & Staff




SEG Scholarship - Byrd Sanctuary Peer Tutoring

The Natural Science Department and The Byrd Sanctuary are excited to offer the Student Engagement Grant (SEG) Scholarship opportunity for current St. Philip’s College students to provide peer tutoring to fellow students in The Byrd Sanctuary.  By actively engaging with their peers, SEG student tutors are able to utilize and maintain the knowledge and skill sets that they have obtained from their completed Natural Science Courses. Complete details about the SEG Scholarship are outlined in the application.  Applications can be picked up in The Byrd Sanctuary ( SCI 202) and the Natural Sciences Department office (SCI 206).  You may also visit the SEG webpage at  


Byrd Sanctuary Student Use Agreement

The Byrd Sanctuary, The Natural Sciences Department and the faculty and staff are committed to supporting students to be successful in their academic endeavors.  A significant factor to ensuring the     academic success of each student is the individual effort that the student makes themselves to ensure that they are also committed to making the effort to contribute to their personal academic growth and     success. As such, expectations of students are detailed below to ensure that the student is successful in their academic courses in the Natural Sciences Department at St. Philip’s College.  All students should     read and understand the expectations that are outlined below and discuss with either their instructor or the coordinator of the Byrd Sanctuary if they have any further questions. 

             Students are encouraged to review the student use agreement.

             Byrd Sanctuary Student Use Agreement  




Useful Information about The Byrd Sanctuary


What do I need to do to utilize The Byrd Sanctuary?

1.      Students will need their student ID with their Banner Number

2.      ALL students are REQUIRED to Sign In at the front desk

3.      Bring your enthusiasm to succeed in your Natural Science course



What resources are available in The Byrd Sanctuary?

The Byrd is fully equipped with the study resources what St. Philip's College students need in order to successfully complete their Natural Science courses.

The Byrd contains all of the models that the student will utilize in the AP course series in order to study for both the AP Mock Exam and graded exam that the Natural Sciences Department hosts. The Byrd has many additional resources on hand for AP students including Anatomy Atlases and useful study guides.

The Byrd also contains many resources for all Chemistry courses in The Natural Science Department including useful study guides as well as Chemistry model sets.

Resources available for use in The Byrd Sanctuary:

·  AP I & II Models

·  Textbooks for all Natural Science Courses

·  Chemistry Model sets

·  Calculators

·   iPads with AP and Chemistry apps

All resources are available for use exclusively in The Byrd Sanctuary and may not be checked out.



How do I print in The Byrd Sanctuary?  Using GoPrint

All computer stations are connected to a main printer located in The Byrd Sanctuary.  A student will attempt to print a file and a Go Print dialogue box will automatically open. The student will the follow the instructions listed below.

1.      Create a New User Profile – maintain your Username and Password in a secure location

2.      Add funds to your account with a Debit Card  -  $.10 per page

3.      Print the selected documents

4.      Sign out of your account!




BIOL 2401/2402/2404 - Anatomy & Physiology 

The Byrd is fully equipped with the study resources what St. Philip's College students need in order successfully complete the Anatomy and Physiology courses. The Byrd contains all of the models that the student will utilize in the AP lab course series


Instructor Resources

The Natural Science Faculty believes in supporting student success by providing study resources that enable students to adequately prepare for Lecture and Lab exams.


Dr. Roger Biduaka

 • BIOL 2401 Unit and Final Exam Study Guides

 • BIOL 2402 Unit and Final Exam Study Guides 




Chemistry 2323/2325 - Organic Chemistry I/II

The Byrd Sanctuary has many Organic Chemistry model sets and several textbooks to assist students in visualizing the concepts and structures that will be explored.



Eureka Science Club

The Eureka Science Club is an organization that promotes Science at St. Philip's College and to become a forum for the underrepresented science community on campus.

 Eureka Science Club

How do I become a member of Eureka?

To become a member of the Science Club is very easy.

1.      You must be a Science Nerd!

2.      Email us at

3.      Pay your dues

4.      You are now a member. Congratulations and Welcome!

To remain a member in good standing (i.e. be able to list it on your resume, you must attend 75% of all meetings/activities for the year).

Eureka Science Club Sponsor:  
                Lourdes Alba
                Location:  William C. Davis Science Bldg Room 311
                Phone:  210-486-2705



Contact Information

Dr. Carmen Nava-Fischer

MLK Campus
Davis Science Bldg. (SCI) 202




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