Facilities and Instrumentation
Bates Hall, Colton-Turner Hall, and Gerstacker Hall
Hiram has three buildings that house the Biology Department as well as allied programs, such as chemistry, neuroscience, environmental science, and physics. Biology courses and laboratories are taught in Colton and Gerstacker Halls, so students that are biology majors will have classes in both buildings. Colton Hall contains a roof-top greenhouse, located on the second floor of the building. The greenhouse, which is heated in the winter, is primarily used to hold a collection of plants for teaching laboratories; it also used for student and faculty research. Bates Hall is home of the psychology department where neuroscience students have some of their courses. The Hiram College biology department has modern equipment including laboratory animal facilities, research-quality stereo, compound, confocal fluorescence microscopes, a digital imaging system, microplate reader, 1-D, 2-D, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis instruments, PCR thermocyclers, electroporator, preparative centrifuge, UV-VIS, GC, GC-MS, FT-IR, NMR, and HPLC.
The James H. Barrow Field Station was established in 1967 to provide Hiram College students with the opportunity to supplement classroom activities with hands-on learning experiences. The Field Station is located just three miles from campus and consists of a 500+ acres of land, natural resources, rehabilitation and waterfowl captive breeding facilities, laboratory spaces, and experimental facilities. The wide range of habitats and rich variety of animals, plants, fungi and microbes provide unlimited options for both field and laboratory study. Field Station internships have prepared generations of Hiram students for veterinary school, graduate school, research and scientific careers, and work in business, sustainability, education, and more.
The Northwoods Field Station is located in the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This facility was built by a group of Hiram students and faculty in the 1970s and is often used as a location for courses taught in the 3-week and summer terms. The station is 12 miles from Lake Superior at the western boundary of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The rustic facilities include six sleeping cabins and a main lodge. The camp overlooks Cherry Lake and is surrounded by federal lands that contain hardwood and conifer forests, meadows, bogs, a river, and more than a dozen lakes, all within a two-mile hike of the station. At Northwoods, the emphasis is on living in harmony with nature, a low consumption lifestyle, and appropriate technology - including wind power and solar water heating. Summer course offerings vary and have included field biology, field botany, geology, environmental studies, natural history, and nature photography. The Northwoods program encourages individual projects and internships in areas such as water quality monitoring, fisheries surveying and habitat improvement, research and management of reproduction in the bald eagle, common loon, and sandhill crane, as well as in local oral history and folklore.