Laboratory facilities on campus are located in Bowers Hall. In addition to the teaching laboratories associated with courses, faculty members have their own research labs. Moreover, two special labs have been equipped, one for tissue culture and one for scanning electron microscopy.
There is a well-provisioned stockroom and a full-time technician is on our staff. There are two greenhouses, a herbarium and all of the standard laboratory equipment necessary for teaching and for our faculty and students to conduct their research.
A small museum is located between the two large lecture halls in the building and the displays are being refurbished and modernized with assistance from students.
There are two computer labs in Bowers Hall, one with PC's and one with Macintosh computers; all are connected to a mainframe computer. Finally, there are two study rooms in the building where students can work quietly by themselves or in small groups.
A Molecular Biology Laboratory is being used in Cell Biology and Genetics and for student and faculty research projects. Laboratory exercises in Genetics will relate DNA Diagnostics to interesting issues in human disease. The lab houses Thermal Cyclers to amplify DNA using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and an automated photographic recording system for gels.
The environmental facilities available to Cortland students are extensive. Hoxie Gorge, a 170-acre natural preserve with streams, meadows and woodlands, is located seven miles from campus.
On Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains, Cortland maintains an Outdoor Education Center complete with dormitories and dining halls on 450 acres of forest land.
The Brauer Geology Field Station south of Albany also has been developed and is available for biology field work.
Pictured above are Marine Biology students listening to Dr. Rivest at a laboratory on a small barrier reef island in the western Caribbean. The lecture portion of the course is held in Cortland during the fall semester followed by a 14-day field experience during winter break in Belize.
William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental Outdoor Education Center
Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, SUNY Cortland’s educational facilities on Raquette Lake include the Antlers lodge, Kirby Camp and Huntington Memorial Camp, the only National Historic Landmark in the SUNY system. This unique learning environment is great for research activities, teacher workshops and high school classes.
Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve
Situated just seven miles from our main campus in Cortland, the site serves nearly 1,000 students each year who are involved in academic field study. The preserve is one of the most geologically unique areas in New York state. Take a walk along the McDermott Nature Trail and experience firsthand the stunning environmental features that make the Finger Lakes such a special region.