Science prof with student

On May 12, Saint Mary's University dedicated its new state-of-the-art Science and Learning Center on the Winona Campus.

More than 400 attended the celebration, which included tours of the 50,000-square-foot facility.

Excitement was contagious as everyone got their first look at at the $19.7 million project. With large windows, a skylight, and an open floor plan, the building is filled with light and truly reflects the beauty of its natural surroundings.

But May 12 wasn't just about celebrating the completion of a building, it was also about recognizing the innovative programming and enhanced learning that will take place inside.

Read more about our dedication ceremony.

A Vision for Science

The ideal learning environment. Abundant research opportunities. Rigorous training. Knowledgeable and approachable faculty. If you aspire to a career in the sciences, Saint Mary’s is ready to help you successfully begin your journey.

Saint Mary’s has long been a place where the study of science comes alive. We offer a program that’s far beyond the norm: in our small classes, students study alongside professors whose commitment to research is matched only by their dedication to teaching.

Take advantage of our prestigious collaborations with nearby world-class health services (including the Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Health System). Live and learn in the vast, diverse, and beautiful natural environment in which our campus is located (including the Mississippi River and the bluff habitat in our own back yard).

Science and Learning Center

Virtually step inside our new Science and Learning Center through these 360-degree panoramic artist's renderings of the facility. Construction is right on schedule, and the facility will be open for classes in fall of 2017.

Classrooms & Labs

Science Lab

Light and spacious classrooms and labs are specially designed to promote hands-on learning opportunities. “Hubs”—located on all three floors—are comfortable, customizable gathering spaces for faculty and student interactions.

View Classrooms & Labs

Lecture Hall


A 120-seat tiered lecture hall—with state-of-the-art technology—accommodates a variety of public and campus events. Conveniently located, the room and surrounding area is designed for gatherings, presentations, and speakers.  

View the Lecture Hall

Center Atrium


The 50,000-square-foot building includes an interior atrium that visually connects all three floors and welcomes sunlight from the skylights above. Glass walls and large windows create open and inviting learning spaces.

View the Atrium

How We Got Here


Sustainable features and a "green design" will help protect the integrity of our remarkable environmental setting.

Floor Plans and Site Plan

Below are links to PDFs to the floor plans of the new building and a site plan to see where the new building will fit on the Winona campus. More interior renderings are available to help you get a sense of what the space will be like.

Words From Our Alumni

See what some of our graduates have to say about their experiences studying science and conducting research at Saint Mary's. You can read more about their stories in our Saint Mary's Moment brochure.

Amy Zawacki

“Being able to do research is just another part of what makes this school really unique. It's a huge thing for an undergraduate student to have that experience.”

—Amy Zawacki ’15, Biology major, CNA at Sacred Heart Hospital

Evan Shockley

“Doing this type of research put me on an even playing field with students from the Ivy League. I don't think I had an advantage over most people applying, but that research experience put me in the game.”

—Evan Shockley ’14, Mathematics and Physics major, Physics Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago

Katie Leisen

“The techniques at Mayo Clinic, I've done in a (Saint Mary's) lab before. We get into it with more depth, but I already had the basic knowledge.”

—Katie Leisen ’15, Biology major, Mayo Clinic Research Intern

Jose Castellanos

“Very few students from bigger schools were able to do research alongside someone with their Ph.D. If they did research, it was with another student.”

—Jose Castellanos ’15, Biology major, first year medical school student at the University of Illinois

Katie Miller

“Our research could lead to something potentially life-changing in the future. I am very excited to see the future directions that this project will take, and I am thankful to have had the ability to play even a small role in this research.”

—Katie Miller ’15, Biology major, Gundersen Medical Foundation Kabara Cancer Institute Researcher

Scott Malotka

"What makes Saint Mary’s special is that students have research advisers who serve as mentors and answer questions. The sky's the limit at Saint Mary’s.”

—Scott Malotka ’14, Environmental Biology major, Biology graduate student at MSU Mankato

Bridget Pethke

“I'm very fortunate to have been able to travel to the Philippines ... I found learning how to interact with a different culture invaluable.”

—Bridget Pethke ’16, on her experience with her international Lasallian Research Grant. 

Science and Business Innovation

Thinking outside of the textbooks. Asking questions, interpreting data. Most importantly, achieving results. Are you looking for a degree in business that will prepare you for the challenges of an ever-evolving global business marketplace?

We reach out to industry leaders to challenge, work with, and mentor you. And we have creative programming to prepare tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

Hoffman Hall Remodel Rendering
Replanning Spaces to Meet Student Need

With innovative majors, hands-on learning opportunities, and inventive teaching methods, Saint Mary's is providing our business students with more than just a degree. We are providing them with the knowledge, passion, and ethical leadership skills needed to excel in today's business climate.

Business and science are a natural pairing, which is why Saint Mary’s is creating an innovative new space where these two disciplines can collaborate. The university is re-imagining and revitalizing the Adducci Science Center’s Hoffman and Brother Charles Halls on its Winona Campus with unique rooms including:

  • A makerspace which fosters hands-on collaborative experimentation for students across disciplines (common items found in makerspaces include 3D printers, laser cutters, robotics components, and snorkel fume hoods).
  • A computational lab that allows for students to apply computational and numerical techniques to solve large and complex problems.
  • A marketing intelligence center, in which students can see and access commodities, stocks, bonds, and demographic data from throughout the world.
  • Innovative classrooms, a sales training center, a digital teaming space, and the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Suite.

Testing medical devices, saving lives

As a test engineer with Medtronic, Nick Nagel ’14 is saving lives by testing medical devices before they ever come in contact with patients. For Nagel, every test, every data point, is crucial. “Testing helps us better understand why something performs as it was intended to, or may fail or stop working,” he said. “My job has a direct affect on patients, so the device needs to work the way it’s supposed to work every time.” For example, the Andover, Minn., native is currently testing ablation catheters, which doctors use on patients to interrupt unwanted electrical pathways in the heart. Read more ›

Ground broken on Rochester expansion [video]

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Peter Carlson '13

Serving the medically underserved

Peter Carlson ’13 is in the business of preventing emergencies. At North Memorial Medical Center, a team of community paramedics makes scheduled house calls to elderly patients to conduct basic tests, explain medication restrictions and schedules, and check for safety hazards in the home. A part of the Population Management division at NMMC, the North […] Read more ›

Exploring the possibilities of regenerative medicine

Two weeks ago Bailey O’Hare ’19 didn’t know that much about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and she knew even less about regenerative medicine. As part of a new summer workshop at Saint Mary’s University, O’Hare is getting an in-depth look at how the emerging field of regenerative medicine could one day help patients suffering from […] Read more ›

Experience Science and Learning Center dedication [video]

On May 12, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota dedicated its new, $19.7 million Science and Learning Center on the Winona Campus. More than 400 joined us for the festivities. Get a first-hand look at the excitement from the day. Read more ›

Saint Mary’s dedicates Science and Learning Center [video]

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Outdoors provide hands-on lab for science students

For Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota undergraduate college science students, the outdoors is often their laboratory. All environmental courses with labs have multiple outdoor learning experiences: on the Winona Campus, on the Mississippi River, and other unique habitats in Southeastern Minnesota. Many students perform research in the local environment. At the recent college campus Celebration […] Read more ›

New B.S. in Public Health addresses nationwide need

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is launching a new Bachelor of Science in Public Health program in Minneapolis, beginning fall 2017. Saint Mary’s new program is in response to the nationwide demand for workers to meet community health needs. The aging population, the rise of chronic health challenges, worldwide viral epidemics, and […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s University and Mayo Clinic to collaborate for physician assistant program

Collaboration includes expansion of Saint Mary’s University Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Mayo Clinic board of governors recently approved a proposal to initiate development of a new physician assistant master’s degree program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; the proposal is a collaborative effort between Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Mayo’s School […] Read more ›

Game plan for success

Their paths may not have crossed during their collegiate days, but Tom Rice ’82, Josh Takagishi ’98, Amanda Weinmann ’07 and a host of others share a common bond—or two. Not only were they successful athletes during their time at Saint Mary’s, but they also excelled in the classroom and beyond. Rice, a four-year letterwinner […] Read more ›