Genetics/Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
Equipped with thermalcyclers, gel electrophoresis apparatus, Bio-Doc-IT imaging system, incubators, centrifuges, and spectrophotometers. Students in this lab perform techniques including: polymerase chain reactions (PCR), enzyme digests, gel electrophoresis, Bradford assays, Western blotting, RNAi in C. elegans, ELISA, cell culture, and various bioinformatics exercises.
The first year lab houses plant and animal models, preserved specimens, leaf and wood collections, microscope slide collections, and light and dissecting microscopes. Students in this lab learn basic microscopy skills, fetal pig anatomy, plant and flower anatomy, and basic human pedigree analysis.
Equipment includes compound microscopes, hoods, water bath for fecal coliform testing, refrigerator for student use, incubator, water polisher, Quebec colony counters, Spec 20, and microbiological supplies. Students learn basic bacteriology: Gram staining, making selective and differential media, biochemical tests, effects of antibiotics, growth experiments, and research projects of their choice.
Heidelberg has been teaching with cadavers for over 20 years and this gives you an edge in graduate school where many students will be looking at cadavers for the first time. The lab houses two preserved human specimens, three disarticulated human skeletons, one articulated skeleton, and seven skulls. Additional study materials include preserved sheep, cat and cow organs, human brains, articulated and disarticulated cat skeletons, xRays and many models. Advanced undergraduate students are responsible for prosecting the cadavers. Students are able to practice frontal dissection, followed by specialty dissection such as knees, spinal cord, eyeballs, larynxes, and brains.
The geology lab is used for hands-on learning during classes and a place to analyze and record research data. The lab contains mineral, rock, and fossil collections, a steam table, interactive groundwater models, and map collections for Ohio and national parks.
Field Biology Lab
After working out in the field, students need a place to record and analyse their date. The lab offers incubators, hoods, large sinks, herbarium cabinets, plant presses, and dissecting and compound microscopes. The room is also used for field biology classes, dissecting and keying out flowers and limnology.
This lab is outfitted with computer stations linked to iWorx chart recording hardware. This versatile system allows for computerized data collection of ECG tracings, respiratory measurements, muscle contraction, blood pressure measurements, pulse rate, nerve impulses. Physiology laboratory experiences include frog gastrocnemius muscle contraction, cardiac function, respiratory volume measurements, sensory perception, blood glucose control, osmosis regulation, enzyme digestion, urinary function, and reflex control.
National Center for Water Quality Research
Designated by Congress in 2002, the NCWQR, is an internationally renowned water quality laboratory. The Center employees full-time Ph.D.-credentialed researchers involved in chemical, biological and hydrological studies. NCWQR programs center on the collection, analysis and interpretation of environmental data necessary for improved water resource management. Students also have the ability to intern at the facility during the school year or summer.
Heidelberg students have access to natural areas that total almost 200 acres and are an average distance of 10 miles from campus. There are also state-managed river and marsh preserves are within a half-hour’s drive. All students have access to these areas to conduct research, gather data, and learn to identify local flora.
- Shade-Wickwire Nature Preserve - 40 acre woodlot
- Bartholomew Nature Preserve - 20 acre woodlot
- Pepin Woods - 12 acre woodlot
- Funk-Dewald Nature Preserve - 40 acre woodlot, open field, and wet land.
- Baker's Woods - Riparian forest along the Sandusky River. Students can study stream ecology and riparian forest flora.
- Miller Conservation Farm - 80 acres containing woods, farmland, orchards, spring-fed ponds, and a free-flowing artesian water supply.
- Rock Creek - Flows through the main part of campus.