We don’t think you should have to wait to get started. At Heidelberg, you’ll have the opportunity to jump right into research. With hands-on learning at every level, you’ll find the support, experiences, and opportunities in and out of the lab that will prepare you for professional research in your field.
Think a small school can’t give you big opportunities? Think again. Heidelberg always has three cadavers on campus for use in classes. This gives you an edge in graduate school where many students will be looking at cadavers for the first time. As an upperclassmen, you’ll have the opportunity to dissect a cadaver as well as practice specialty dissections of knees, the spinal cord, eyeballs, larynxes, and brains. You’ll also have access to disarticulated human skeletons, one articulated skeleton, and seven skulls.
The Longaker Animal Lab is a new facility where you can conduct independent research. Faculty members also use the facility to supplement their teaching with labs using live rats, mice, frogs and crickets.
Chemistry Research Lab
The chemistry research lab has individual workstations for you to work on independent research projects. Heidelberg professors work with you to find research projects that will not only fit with your career goals, but also allow you to grow professionally.
Field Biology Lab
The field lab is where you’ll record and analyze your data from out in the field. 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.
The geology lab is used for hands-on learning during class and is 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.
Genetics/Molecular Biology Lab
Used in upper-level genetics courses, the lab is equipped with thermalcyclers, gel electrophoresis apparatus, Bio-Doc-IT imaging system, incubators, centrifuges, and spectrophotometers. You’ll learn practice polymerase chain reactions (PCR), enzyme digests, gel electrophoresis, Bradford assays, Western blotting, cell culture, and various bioinformatics exercises.
In this lab you’ll learn basic bacteriology: Gram staining, making selective and differential media, biochemical tests, and the effects of antibiotics. Equipment includes compound microscopes, hoods, water bath for fecal coliform testing, incubator, water polisher, Quebec colony counters, Spec 20, and microbiological supplies.
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.
Heidelberg students have access to natural areas that total almost 200 acres to conduct research, gather data, and learn to identify local flora. Habitats include woodlots, wetlands, spring-fed ponds, and a riparian forest. You'll have access to three nature preserves, a conservation farm, two rivers, and the campus pond.