Science Center

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