In fall 2007, Mills College opened the doors to a new Natural Sciences Complex located in the heart of campus. This center for scientific exploration brings together the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology into one educational community that encourages collaboration and research across disciplines.
The Natural Sciences Complex centers on our newly completed 26,000-square-foot Natural Sciences Building. This new structure, annexed to our existing life sciences facilities, offers five high-tech classrooms, four teaching laboratories, a research lab, and community space for interdisciplinary study. Constructed as the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "green" building at Mills, this new facility was designed to meet the most rigorous standards for materials selection, energy consumption, and water usage.
The Natural Sciences Complex offers a wide variety of classroom, laboratory, and research space equipped with up-to-date instrumentation, special outdoor teaching courtyards, and the William Joseph McInnes Botanical Garden for hands-on research and study.
Notable equipment in the Natural Sciences Complex includes:
- The Scheffler Bio-Imaging Center, with a transilluminating fluorescence microscope with digital camera and imaging software
- Walk-in warm and cold rooms and a marine culture system
- Instrumentation including an atomic absorption spectrophotometer, a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, a Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers, electrochemistry apparatus, high-performance liquid chromatographs, gas-liquid chromatographs, and standard low-speed, high-speed, ultracentrifuges as well as numerous smaller instruments