The Science Center, completed in 2004, represents an expansion and renovation that doubled the size of Wartburg’s science facilities to over 110,000 square feet. The building is designed for hands-on learning and close interaction among students and faculty. Lecture rooms and laboratories, all with Internet access, provide state-of-the-art facilities for biology, chemistry, engineering science, physics, mathematics, and computer science classes.
The Science Center houses four computer laboratories, a greenhouse, animal facilities, molecular biology and biochemistry suite with a cell culture room, cadaver room, indoor stream facility, student/faculty research areas, and a variety of informal student study areas. Equipment also includes three mobile computer labs, a scanning electron microscope, fluorescent microscopes, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, and research electromagnet. A cardio/CP stress test system is available in the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.
The Platte Observatory, located near the outdoor soccer and football practice fields, provides facilities for introductory astronomy and upper-level astrophysics courses and research projects. It houses five Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, an 18-inch Newtonian reflector, and a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for research.
Cellular/molecular analyses – microscopes (including confocal, scanning electron, and fluorescent); cell culture facilities; quantitative PCR; DNA sequencer; mass spectrometry/HPLC; variety of other spectrometers; ultracentrifuge; cold room laboratory
Human physiology – Vernier and ADInstrument equipment including galvanic skin response monitors, electroencephalography (EEG), and electromyography (EMG); plate reader for ELISA analysis of hormone levels; cardio-respiratory stress testing system
Animal facilities – housing for roughly 150 mice and hamsters, fruit flies, various fish species, and a wide assortment of amphibians and reptiles; rodent surgery suite; behavioral testing equipment
Natural environments – stream room, green house, environmental chambers, Wartburg’s own Lageschulte Prairie, local parks, and streams