The College has remained committed to teaching science with a focus on natural history and whole organism biology, including large animal biology. While some institutions have abandoned the focus on natural history, Cazenovia has continued to recognize that this focus is essential to help local, regional, and state officials understand what comprises biodiversity, which is critical for the future health and safety of our nation’s citizens.
There is a compelling need for investment in programs that enable elementary and high school students to demonstrate basic science proficiency in a globally competitive market. To meet this demand, Cazenovia College plans to educate new science teachers using current technology and safe learning environments in the upgraded science labs. Furthermore, to respond to a well-documented and urgent requirement in New York state, updated labs are necessary for the anticipated addition of an Adolescent Science Education Certificate, which will complement and expand the scope of the College’s longstanding and respected teacher education program.
The labs, which are located in Eckel Hall, were built in 1967-68 and lack modern equipment and resources. Major improvements include redesigning the layout of instructional fixtures, upgrading electrical and mechanical systems, and support for new technology and equipment. Improved chemical and specimen storage, as well as prep space, will provide appropriate facilities for Cazenovia’s excellent whole animal biology, environmental biology, and chemistry courses thus accommodating the learning needs of today’s students. In addition, the College will employ state-of-the-art instrumentation for field and laboratory use, which will enable student scientists to collect data to be downloaded for computer analysis. Furthermore, many of our students in Equine Studies utilize the labs and will serve the region after they leave Cazenovia and join the nation’s multi-billion dollar equine industry.
Nearly all students utilize the College’s science labs as part of their liberal arts and sciences education. For this reason, upgrading our science labs will have a positive impact on overall student recruitment, retention, and learning outcomes.