As recent graduates complete a chapter in their academic pursuits, a new one is just beginning in Azusa Pacific’s new Segerstrom Science Center.
Construction was completed in late April, just in time to house May-term classes (an intensive semester in which students have the same number of contact hours in class but 5 weeks instead of the traditional 14 weeks). It's the first opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to put the building through its paces as they hold classes, work in labs, and conduct research. Just during this summer alone, more than 20 classes and labs will take place in the new building.
This opportunity will soon expand locally through community programs such as the summer G.A.T.E Program, where 15 area high school students will study science with APU professor Scott Kinnes; and the American Chemical Society Project SEED, which allows a local high school student to gain research experience first-hand alongside an APU faculty member and several college students.
Come on in and take a video tour of the new building. Or check out the online construction photo gallery to see the building's progress from start to finish.
Previously, the Carl E. Wynn Science Center on East Campus served the APU community for more than 30 years. This facility was built to serve a little over 2,000 students and 10 faculty members. The number of students majoring in math and science and anticipating careers in medicine, physical therapy, and other health care professions has soared from 8 to 326, faculty membership to 48, and the student body of 8,128, far outnumbering the 2,167 students attending more than three decades ago.
Now students in APU’s health, math, and science programs can study in the $54 million, 71,000-square foot facility that includes a lecture hall, 26 classrooms, 37 teaching and research laboratories, NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) and electron microscope rooms, faculty offices, student study and community areas, and APU’s Center for Research in Science (CRIS). And since all students are required to take a science course as part of their General Studies Requirements, nearly every undergraduate student will pass through the building at least once during their time at APU.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for September 3.