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At the recent Science Complex Grand Opening, Ernest E. Tschannen and President Robert S. Nelsen join in offering the now-familiar “Stingers up!” Photo by Jessica Vernone
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Sac State's Commitment

Here’s where many great challenges will be met

President Robert S. Nelsen

"Sac State can now offer our students a Science Complex where they can study, learn, and discover."

Today’s students are our future leaders. Unfortunately, they will be burdened with some of the greatest challenges that have ever faced the world. We already know about some of our most pressing challenges, such as declining health outcomes and their related disparities, as well as increasingly dangerous effects of climate change, poverty, and homelessness. We are relying on this next generation of leaders to help save our future by making new discoveries related to protection of the environment, advancements in medicine, and the sustainable use of natural resources. 

The Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex is where these discoveries will take place. Inside that marvelous new building, our students will be transformed into scientists who will solve these complex issues, including those we have yet to encounter. 

The 92,000-square-foot Science Complex includes 20 state-of-the-art chemistry and biology teaching laboratories, 10 chemistry and biology research laboratories, and an astronomy observatory, all fully equipped with modern instruments and equipment. In addition, it is home to the new NSM Advising Center, which provides academic advising to all first-year majors in the college. 

The centerpiece of the Science Complex is the Planetarium, a 40-foot diameter dome, offering a full 360-degree viewing experience. Used for astronomy classes, school visits, and public shows, the Planetarium is already proving to be extremely popular. All 120 school-visit slots for the Fall 2019 semester have been booked, and tickets for public shows sell out within minutes. 

I am proud that through the generosity of Mr. Tschannen and so many other donors, Sac State can now offer our students a Science Complex where they can study, learn, and discover. 

I am confident that with the wisdom and guidance of our faculty, our students will find the answers that we so desperately need. And I truly believe our future is bright because of our Hornets. Stingers Up! 

Robert S. Nelsen


Robert S. Nelsen, President


Dr. Robert S. Nelsen has been Sacramento State’s president since 2015. Under his leadership, the University’s role as a regional force and important partner for the community has grown, with Sac State proudly embracing its standing as Sacramento’s capital university.