The Department of Natural Sciences is located in the newest phase of the Center for Education and Natural Sciences (CENS). It includes a biotechnology center as well as a 6-room greenhouse with headhouse with controlled environmental chambers. The nearby Tawawa Woods are the living laboratory for the Natural Sciences.
The Tawawa Woods, an outdoor education center located between Wilberforce and Xenia, is a mature, wooded preserve adjacent to campus. Tawawa Woods provides space for environmental instruction and research.
Natural Sciences has a number of research-scale equipment items utilized in both teaching and research. Among these are research grade microscopes, autoclave, laminar flow hoods, freeze-dryer and refrigerated centrifuges. Natural Sciences also houses analytical equipment such as an Agilent 1100 HPLC (high pressure liquid chromatography), gas and liquid chromatographs, a LICOR4300 DNA Sequencer, a Buck Infrared Spectrophotometer, a Perkin-Elmer Pyris TGA, and a 400MHz Bruker Advance II+ NMR.
The Itegrated Molecular Biology Lab (IML) lets students perform labs with equipment and techniques used in professional research labs, such as electroporation (cloning) and culture incubation, sterile handling, PCR, hydridization experiments involving DNA, RNA, and proteins, ELISA, DNA sequencing and AFLP analysis. Students become familiar with these procedures as part of their interaction with the biology and chemistry (forensics and biochemistry) curriculums and through conducting undergraduate research with their professors.
The Natural Sciences faculty are actively engaged in grant writing and research with funding agencies as the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Education (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Extension Services and Outreach
Natural Sciences faculty engage in service to local and extended communities, lending their expertise as part of their professional commitment to higher education. Locally, our faculty work with Master Gardeners, a part of the Ohio State Extension Office. Faculty visit local high schools to give lectures in their areas of expertise. Science faculty also are actively involved in the West District Science Day and the Miami Valley Science and Engineering Fair hosted annually by Central State University and affiliated with the Junior Ohio Academy of Science and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.