halls, and classrooms
The Oberlin Science Center accommodates the research needs of
both faculty members and students.
science faculty members at Oberlin pursue active research programs,
and all have lab space that is appropriate for their research
interests. In addition, every faculty lab is configured for
work with several student assistants, enhancing opportunities
for the collaborative research relationships for which Oberlin
is so well known.
Instructional labs are extremely flexible. Several have movable
furniture so professors can arrange the space according to the
needs of each class.
A majority of Oberlin science majors pursue research during
their undergraduate years, either independently or with a faculty
member. Demonstrated competency in research is virtually a requirement
for entry into most graduate and medical schools, and the Oberlin
Science Center fully accommodates individual student researchers.
Space exists for up to 45 student researchers in biology, 30
in chemistry, and 15 in neuroscience.
The center also contains three computer laboratories: one each
on the first and second floors, and one in the library. The
lab in the library contains a ceiling-mounted projection unit,
making it usable as a classroom when needed. Library staff members
use the space to educate students on how to access and use scientific
resources. The library's computer lab is an inviting place to
work, flooded with natural light from two full walls of windows
overlooking North Bowl.
The lecture halls in the Oberlin Science Center take full
advantage of modern technology. All are wired for Internet access.
The 75-seat physics auditorium is equipped with modern audiovisual
equipment and capabilities, allowing projection of slides, laser
discs, videocassettes, DVDs, material from the Internet and
other computer-driven projections. Functional table seating
makes it comfortable for students taking notes.
The Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall, a 130-seat space, is the most
technologically sophisticated hall in the center, with an Internet
connection at every seat. The room has multiple projector capabilities
that allow the display of both side-by-side and centered-image
presentations, as well as a 20-foot-wide screen. A special camera
unit allows professors to project images of demonstrations being
done on the lab bench at the front of the auditorium onto this
screen, ensuring a clear view even for those in the farthest
seats. (This camera set up is portable and can be used anywhere
in the center.) Video and computer connections to the observatory
in Peters Hall allow the display of telescope images during
With a seating capacity of 230, the West Lecture Hall is the
largest lecture hall on campus. This hall is also outfitted
with systems to project slides, videocassettes, and DVDs. The
room can accommodate satellite videoconferencing and also contains
two 16-mm film projectors.
The five classrooms in the Oberlin Science Center were designed
to blur the distinction between class work and research. All
contain multiple computer outlets that allow small groups of
students to work together on interactive computer projects.
The four new classrooms in the center have dual-screen projection
capabilities. The renovated classroom in Wright can hold 30
students, and the four new classrooms in the center can accommodate
Furniture in all the classrooms is movable, allowing easy rearrangement,
and the new classrooms are equipped with digital projection
systems, allowing the projection of slides, laser discs, videocassettes,
and Internet material. Overhead lights do not need to be dimmed
when these projection units are in use, making it much easier
for students to take notes.
Smaller classes, tutorials, and discussion sections are held
in the various seminar rooms.