Ground was broken for Mudd Hall on October 11, 1976, and the building was completed in April 1979. Mudd Hall is the central component of the University's three part biology complex (the other buildings are Levi Hall and Biology East). It is named for Seeley G. Mudd, a former dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and founder of a trust to be used for the construction of buildings by private universities. Mudd Hall contains the offices of the Biology Department, seminar rooms, labs, and a 350-seat lecture hall.
The east wing of the biology complex, currently known as Biology East, was built between 1981 and 1983.