A new home for science students
Take a tour of the campus' upcoming Science Complex
he future of science education is here. Sacramento State will break ground for a new Science Complex, the campus’ first newly constructed academic building since Mariposa Hall in 2000. The Science Complex will deliver cutting-edge learning opportunities that prepare graduates who are ready to take on real-world situations.
Learning and study spaces designed to promote peer- to-peer interaction, teaching labs featuring the latest technology and equipment, and an observatory and planetarium created with the community in mind, combine to create a hub where discovery happens. And it will position Sacramento State as a regional resource for science and technology knowledge.
During their Sac State education, every student will take a course in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. As a showcase for discovery and exploration, the Science Complex will inspire students—like nursing student Leicia Williams—to pursue degrees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.
State-of-the-art laboratories will expand opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to participate side-by-side with faculty mentors on original research such as these students working on the SIRIUS project, a W.H. Keck Foundation-funded effort to reduce contamination in the American River. Studies show that integrating research into learning increases students’ likelihood of completing their degrees and helps prepare them for future coursework.
The Complex’s public spaces, including an observatory where physics and astronomy students like Maria Ramos introduce guests to the wonders of the universe, and a planetarium with a digitally immersive full dome to show astronomy and other presentations, will spark an interest in science for K-12 students, Sac State students, the campus community and area residents. Science demonstration areas and outdoor gathering spaces featuring an entry plaza will provide an inviting and educational destination for the Hornet family and off-campus visitors.
Lighting, ventilation and cooling are the largest consumers of electricity at U.S. universities and factor heavily in the environmental and safety needs of science buildings. Sacramento State’s Science Complex is designed to earn U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification, meeting or exceeding standards for energy and water efficiency, materials and indoor air quality. Additional environmentally friendly features include a green terrace—a grasscovered roof that provides insulation and captures storm water—and rain gardens which collect and filter water runoff.
Sacramento region employers, especially those in the biotechnology, technology, biomedical and health care sectors, including Stem Cell Partners, seek out Sac State interns and graduates. Through hands-on experience applying classroom concepts to real-world issues, students develop practical skills such as how to use instruments and operate equipment as well as critical-thinking skills such as inquiry and problemsolving.
An opportunity for you to participate
The CSU Board of Trustees has invested $71 million—about three-quarters of the $91 million needed to fund the Science Complex. Sacramento State is seeking sources of private support to raise an additional $20 million to equip the building.
Alumna and former medical technician Ramona Anderson has already shown her enthusiasm with a gift to the Complex.
“I am really excited about the whole concept of a Science Complex,” Anderson says. “It’s amazing what our students can do. It makes me wish I could go back to school.
“I’m thrilled about this. It’s an opportunity for Sacramento State and for Sacramento. And I hope others feel the same way.”
To find out how you can support the Science Complex or to schedule a tour, call Tracy Newman, Associate Vice President for University Development, at (916) 278-6989 or visit csus.edu/giving.