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.
It's uncommon for undergraduate students to be able to study from cadavers. It's even more uncommon to be able to do dissection. In a partnership with Ohio State University, Heidelberg has been teaching with cadavers for over 20 years. This give you an edge in graduate school where many students will be looking at cadavers for the first time. Students are able to practice frontal dissection, followed by specialty dissection such as knees, spinal cord, eyeballs, larynxes, and brains.
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.