Science Facilities

The Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation

This state-of-the-art, 70,000-square-foot science facility, home to the Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science Programs, opened in 2007. The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Science Laboratories wing opened in  2009. Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, a New York City firm, the dramatic, two-story building includes nearly 17,000 square feet of dedicated laboratory space. Biology equipment in the facility includes DNA and protein electrophoresis instruments, a digital gel imaging system, an array of standard PCR machines, a Real-Time PCR machine, two fluorescent microscopes, and a wide range of ecology field equipment. Chemistry equipment includes an advanced 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer, and two gas chromatograph–mass spectrometers. The Computer Science space includes a cognitive systems lab and a robotics lab. The Center houses an innovative exhibition system for both scientific posters and art. In addition, the building features the László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium, which seats 65; five “smart classrooms” that are set up for multimedia presentations, and two for videoconferencing; faculty offices; and a series of open spaces for studying, computer work, and informal meetings. The Center features geothermal heating and cooling, and an advanced energy recovery system through which all exhaust air from the building passes.

Henderson Computer Resources Center and Henderson Technology Laboratories

Academic computing at Bard College has experienced rapid growth since its origins in the mid-1980s, with hundreds of public-area computers distributed throughout the campus. These machines and related information technology services are managed from the Henderson Computer Resources Center (HCRC) and the Henderson Technology Laboratories, the campus’s central computing facilities. The HCRC houses approximately 90 computers of different types and capabilities, including Macintosh and Windows-based PCs; specialized multimedia workstations; IBM RS/6000, Sun, and Linux workstations; X-station equipment; and an extensive software library. The Henderson Technology Laboratories building features a large, mixed Macintosh and Windows-based PC public computing lab, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a PC-based computer classroom and video conference facility. A gigabit fiber-optic backbone network and 100Mb switched Ethernet link the College's various facilities and provide students and faculty with unlimited access to the Internet and e-mail. Wireless networking zones (WiFi hotspots) are located in many places on campus, including residence halls, the library, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, and Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation.

Bard College Field Station

The Bard College Field Station, built in 1971, is on the Hudson River near Tivoli South Bay and the mouth of the Saw Kill. Its location affords research and teaching access to freshwater tidal marshes, swamps and shallows, perennial and intermittent streams, young and old deciduous and coniferous forests, old and mowed fields, and other habitats. A library, herbarium, laboratories, classroom, and offices are open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and environmental researchers by prior arrangement. Also based at the Field Station are laboratories of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Hudsonia Ltd., an environmental research institute. The Field Station is owned by the College and operated with support from the Research Reserve, Hudsonia, and other public and private funding sources.

Off Campus

  • Rockefeller University
    Bard Students participating in the Bard-Rockefeller Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program and The Bard-Rockefeller Semester in Science (BRSS) will have access to the facilities of Rockefeller University and their placement laboratories.
  • Bard College at Simon's Rock
    Bard College at Simon's Rock Fisher Science and Academic Center was named in honor of Overseer Emily Fisher and Trustee Richard Fisher whose extraordinary gifts, together with those of James M. Clark, Jr. '78 and the Penzance Foundation, made its construction possible, the Fisher Science and Academic Center houses the college's biology, chemistry, ecology, and physics laboratories; research labs for faculty and students; a greenhouse; computer and other classrooms and tutorial rooms; a 60-seat auditorium; and faculty offices.