Science at Skidmore

Science equations in a student notebook

Department Facilities

At Skidmore, the sciences are integrated into the wider liberal arts curriculum, and an emphasis on interdisciplinarity means that scientific inquiry can be discovered happening just about anywhere on campus. Buildings, equipment, information technology, and above all personal interaction between faculty and students combine to make the study of science intellectually rich, challenging and rewarding.


Skidmore's Dana Science Center houses nine biology teaching laboratories and specialized research facilities in which students and faculty investigate microbiology, molecular genetics, cell and developmental biology, mammalian and amphibian physiology, plant biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and behavior.  Capabilities include advanced microscopic imaging, automated DNA sequencing, RealTimePCR, and HUMAN medical physiology simulation. Biology resources include include the plant biology teaching and research labs, the algal collection, and the greenhouse, a modern plant growth facility with a main display area, two specialty rooms, a fully equipped potting room, and two attached laboratories. One floor above the greenhouse is the wet wall room containing an Adirondack waterfall loaded with liverworts and mosses. Skidmore's 400 acre North Woods serves as the campus natural laboratory.


The chemistry facilities are located in the Dana Science Center. The space includes teaching laboratories, instrument labs, and individual research labs used in faculty-student collaborative research. The department houses a wide variety of modern research-grade instruments that are routinely used by students in laboratory classes and in independent research. Students and faculty in the department also use the Skidmore Analytical Interdisciplinary Laboratory (SAIL), the Physics Machine Shop, and the Skidmore College Microscopy Imaging Center (SMIC).


The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science operates an MCS lab of Windows workstations, a Linux Lab of 21 workstations, and a research lab containing a small parallel computing cluster of 10 Apple XServers.  These computing labs are devoted to research projects and supporting the mathematics and computer science curriculum. 

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science Department has several state-of-the-art human performance laboratories, including a human-performance research lab with human anatomy and physiology lab, teaching lab, resting measurement/nutrition lab, hematology and biochemistry lab, work ergometry lab, body composition lab, environmental physiology lab, and a molecular exercise physiology lab. 


In addition to its science and neuroscience teaching laboratories, Neuroscience makes use of research facilities from both the psychology and biology departments.  The program has access to a wide variety of faculty-maintained laboratories including those focusing on cognitive neuroscience, DNA fingerprinting, behavioral neuroscience, and psychophysiology. Each faculty member in the Neuroscience Program has dedicated individualized research space for conducting professional research and engaging students in collaborative research during the academic year and summers.


The Physics facilities are located in the recently-renovated Dana Science Center. The Physics department facilities include a new general physics laboratory, machine shop, scanning tunneling microscopy laboratory, astrophysics and cosmology laboratory, superconductivity laboratory, and a radiation laboratory.


The Psychology Department is located on the first floor of the Tisch Learning Center (TLC). The Psychology Department operates three teaching and research laboratory spaces along with 14 individual faculty laboratories.  The research and teaching facilities include an animal lab, two perception Labs, a psycholinguistics lab, a social psychology lab, two developmental labs, a clinical lab, both a cognitive and a cognitive neuroscience lab, and additional research and teaching labs for such courses as social psychology, research methods, hormones and behavior, and introductory courses.