The 34,000-square-foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biochemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computational science, mathematics and physics.
The 56,000-square-foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biochemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computational science, mathematics and physics.
A state-of-the-art Optical Spectroscopy and Nano-Materials laboratory and a research greenhouse are part of the complex. Our chemistry labs, which include a 24-station teaching lab with transparent fume hoods, are well equipped for organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry projects, as well as for biochemistry and molecular biology. Within them, students have access to research grade instruments like a 60 MHz and a 250 MHz NMR spectrometer, several FTIR and UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluorimeter, an inert atmosphere glove box, electrochemical equipment, a GC-MS, a room-temperature microwave spectrometer, and a real-time PCR.
A $9.7 million project added a third wing to the Heiser complex in 2016-2017, housing labs, classrooms and faculty offices, and increasing space by more than 50 percent. In 2018, this project received LEED Gold certification for its sustainability features.
Each year, one-quarter to one-third of New College students major in sciences or mathematics – a greater percentage than any other Florida institution other than University of Florida. And more than half of all New College students take at least one science course each year.
The 22,000-square-foot addition will help accommodate that demand. The first floor of the new wing includes the division and chair’s offices, eight faculty offices, a computer sciences reading room, a physics teaching lab with support spaces, and a conference room and large classroom that can be converted to research laboratory space in the future.
The second floor contains six additional faculty offices, biology and chemistry teaching laboratories as well as three biology research laboratory spaces.
The Heiser Natural Sciences Complex is also home to Soo Bong Chae Auditorium, a tiered lecture hall for the natural sciences named after the longtime New College mathematician.