Basic Sciences Computing Laboratory (BSCL)

BSCL The Basic Science Computing Laboratory (BSCL) mission is to provide supercomputing research support  in the areas of molecular modeling, crystallography, and image processing. This laboratory provides researchers with access to a unique mixture of computational servers, workstations, visualization tools, software, and technical support. The BSCL houses workstations with active stereo visualization systems and a stereo projection system. This lab is used by a wide array of users including engineering, finance, and life science researchers.


The BSCL is located in room 1-280 of  Nils Hasselmo Hall located at the corner of Church Street S.E. and Washington Avenue on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.


Researchers with BSCL accounts can have 24-hour access to the BSCL, seven days a week. Access is controlled via U Card.

Getting U Card Access

To get physical access to the BSCL, you need to have an active MSI lab account and an active U Card. Please send the following information to with the subject heading U-Card "Access to the BSCL".  In the email  provide your full legal name, your student/staff ID number, your U Card number, your primary PI, the email you would like associated, your phone number, and whether you have U Card access to AHC facilities.

Getting Help

The lab is staffed 9:30 to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. For technical support questions at other times, email, call 612.626.0802, or visit room 587Walter Library.


The lab provides Institute researchers with access to Linux and Windows workstations along with the associated software. For a complete listing, visit the BSCL Hardware webpage.

The lab also has a 3D stereo projector. Visit the webpage for usage instructions.