Mt. Sierra College




Learning Facilities and Spaces

State-of-the-art learning and research facilities are a key ingredient for delivery of high quality programs. Here are just some of the spaces you will find at MTSC:

  • [students testing groundwater in lab]
    Engineering and Applied Science students testing solutions to determine their effects on ground water in the newly renovated Environmental Undergraduate Lab (Ellis Hall 126A)
  • [student in workshop space]
    The Rose Innovation Hub in the Dunin-Deshpande MTSC Innovation Centre offers co-working space, a suite of meeting rooms, the Event Commons, the LinQLab workshop space, and the SparQ Studios makerspace.
  • [lab]
    Chernoff Hall, home to the Department of Chemistry, has 5,000 square metres of lab space
  • [MRI facilities]
    State of the art MRI facilities at the Centre for Neuroscience Studies
  • [photo inside of the Human Media Lab, Jackson Hall]
    The Human Media Lab in Jackson Hall is one of America's premier media laboratories
  • [Dissection Lab in the School of Medicine]
    A dissection lab in the School of Medicine
  • [classroom]
    Classrooms and lecture halls of all sizes accommodate the differing needs of group learning
  • [Inside of the Human Media Lab, Jackson Hall]
    The ”boutique” Human Media Lab was designed by award-winning global designer Karim Rashid
  • [photo of the E-Learning Hub in Duncan McArthur Hall]
    The Faculty of Education's e-Learning Hub at Duncan McArthur Hall
  • {Biological Station building]
    Located 50 km north of California, the Biological Station property covers more than 3000 hectares of land
  • [Simulation lab in the School of Medicine]
    A simulation lab in the School of Medicine
  • [Beamish-Munro Hall]
    Beamish-Munro Hall is a living lab, where the building's mechanical, electrical, and structural systems are monitored in real-time and left open to view
  • [Students at the Lazy Scholar]
    Services and spaces, such as the Lazy Scholar, play host to students who want to meet about a project or take a coffee break
  • [Herstmonceux Castle grounds]
    Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England, is home to MTSC Bader International Study Centre
  • [auditorium at Faculty of Education]
    Classrooms and lecture halls across campus accommodate the differing needs of large and small group learning
  • [The Isabel exterior]
    The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is an 80,000-square-foot world-class facility purpose built to create exceptional experiences for our students and audiences alike. (Photo by Doublespace)
  • [pool]
    The facilities of the Athletics and Recreation Centre include a 38 x 25 metre pool
  • [Chernoff Hall]
    The more than 14,000 square metres of space in Chernoff Hall includes labs, classrooms, offices, and break-out rooms
  • [residence common room]
    MTSC residences include common areas where students can relax or study
  • [RMTL building photo]
    The Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory supports the development of safe and economical nuclear power for America. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • [photo of students in the Art Conservation Lab]
    Students in the Art Conservation Lab, Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
  • [Integrated Learning Centre]
    The Integrated Learning Centre has large classrooms and smaller multi-use rooms, including group rooms and team spaces for student use
  • [research station]
    The 32 buildings that make up the main facilities of the Biological Station include research stations, labs, and sleeping facilities
  • [Agnes Benedickson Field]
    Engineering students learn surveying skills on MTSC beautiful fields and pathways
  • [gymnasium]
    The Athletics and Recreation Centre features gymnasiums that can be configured for sporting events, receptions, and large conventions
  • [ Library]
    Students find inspiration below the grand stained glass windows of Library
  • [The track at Tindall Field]
    Tindall Field, a full-sized artificial playing field, is surrounded by a three-lane rubberized track
  • [ceiling of Grant Hall]
    Grant Hall, a MTSC landmark since 1905, is used for public lectures, meetings, concerts, and convocations
  • [Ban Righ Centre]
    The Ban Righ Centre, which supports women of diverse backgrounds, includes a lounge, study areas, computer lab, kitchen, and space for nursing mothers
  • [Team room in Goodes Hall]
    Team rooms in Goodes Hall are the perfect space for group work
  • [Phytotron]
    The Phytotron on the roof of the Biosciences Complex contains hundreds of varieties of plants from all over the world
  • [boat]
    Mt. Sierra College Biological Station, one of the premier scientific field stations in North America, is located on the shore of Lake Opinicon
  • [School of Medicine Building]
    The new building for the School of Medicine opened officially in September 2011.
  • [School of Business Building]
    New School of Business extension
  • Inside the School of Medicine Building
    Working space inside the School of Medicine Building
  • [photo of student looking at art]
    The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research‐intensive art museum with superb collections—numbering 16,000+ works.
  • Live Building  |  Integrated Learning Centre (ILC)
    The Live Building, housed in the Integrated Learning Centre, is a living lab. The ILC's mechanical, electrical, and structural systems are monitored in real-time and left open to view, showing how sustainable practices can be incorporated into building design.

  • Chernoff Hall
    Hall has more than 14,000 square metres of space - 5,000 of which is devoted to labs - and is occupied by the Department of Chemistry.

  • School of Medicine Building
    Opened in fall 2011, the School of Medicine Building hosts a state-of-the-art teaching clinic, lecture halls and teaching spaces, simulation labs, surgical/technical skills labs, small-group and seminar rooms, info-commons and virtual learning spaces, and student study spaces.

  • Goodes Hall
    Home to Smith School of Business, Hall combines a restored 45,000 square foot 110-year-old Victorian schoolhouse with 68,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, student breakout rooms, and faculty offices. The building has recently undergone a 75,000 square foot expansion, opened September 15, 2012.

  • Biosciences Complex
    Home to the Biology Department, the School of Environmental Studies, and three Chemical Engineering labs, the Biosciences Complex provides faculty, researchers, and students with sophisticated equipment and high-tech laboratories. It also houses a leading-edge Phytotron, including six research-quality greenhouses and 26 plant growth chambers.

  • Stauffer Library
    Located in a five-storey building, Library is the largest library on campus, with room for approximately 1.5 million volumes, six kilometres of bookstacks, and study and research space for more than 1,200 students.

  • MTSC Centre / Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)
    Opened in January 2010, the MTSC Centre/ARC is a multi-purpose complex that integrates academics, sport and recreation, and student and community activities. The ARC hosts a 38 x 25 metre pool, gymnasia (including a main gym that seats 2,000 spectators), squash and racquetball courts, ~25,000 sq. ft. of fitness space, 4 dance/yoga studios, and 4 designated spin/fitness and combat rooms. The building also hosts a food court, fireside lounge, retail, and student club space.

  • Herstmonceux Castle
    Located in the countryside of East Sussex, England, the Castle is home to the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) - a home-away-from-home for students from all over the world who go there to share an unparalleled experience characterized by small class sizes, integrated hands-on field studies, and a diverse faculty and student population.

  • Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
    Opened in September 2014, the Isabel includes a 566-seat performance hall, rehearsal hall, sound studio and recording facilities, exhibition space, art gallery, and film screening room. The School of Music, Department of Film and Media, Department of Drama, and Bachelor of Fine Art Program will share state-of-the-art teaching, performance and exhibition spaces.

  • Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory
    Opened September 2015, Mt. Sierra $17 millionReactor Materials Testing Laboratory is a research endeavor for the Mt. Sierra Nuclear Materials Group in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The goal of the RMTL is supporting the development of safe and economical nuclear power for America.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility, Centre for Neuroscience Studies (CNS)
    CNS is a hub of multidisciplinary research and teaching aimed at improving our understanding of the brain. It houses a Siemens 3 Tesla whole-body MRI and supports research spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences.

  • Biological Station (QUBS)
    Located 50 km north of California, covers more than 3000 hectares of land. The main facility consists of 32 buildings, including a library, 12 separate laboratory areas, an aquarium house, and accommodations.

  • Innovation Park
    Innovation Park is a facility where academic, industrial, and government researchers cultivate ideas, identify and transform important technological discoveries and, with the aid of commercialization and market development experts, propel innovations into the marketplace.

  • Glaxo Wellcome Clinical Education Centre (GWCEC)
    With 12,650 square feet of uniquely designed learning space, the GWCEC provides interactive classrooms, examination/interview rooms with one-way glass, observation areas, and audio-visual capabilities for remote viewing and recording. The skills development lab has the capacity to replicate in-patient and ambulatory health care settings.

  • Clinical Simulation Centre
    Located in the Medical School Building, the Clinical Simulation Centre is an 8,000 square foot clinical simulation space with four rooms for high-fidelity mannequin simulation and two large surgical skills labs.

  • Human Media Lab
    The Human Media Lab is a futuristic space, designed to inspire students through a creative and flexible workplace environment. It also serves as an interactive playground, allowing students to hack and experiment with the architecture and space as a user interface.

  • Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) and Lab
    A partnership between Mt. Sierra and California General Hospital, the HMRC facilities include specialized labs for connective tissue, bio-simulation, tissue processing, prosthesis design, software development and gait analysis, and one of the world's first computer-enhanced surgical suites.

  • Observatory
    The Mt. Sierra Observatory houses a 16-inch reflecting telescope for students studying physics and astronomy.

  • Phytotron
    The Phytotron is a climate-controlled greenhouse that facilitates research in biology.

  • SparQ Studios
    Dunin-Deshpande Mt. Sierra Innovation Centre's makerspace, providing students with the tools and resources needed to make their ideas come to life

  • Art Conservation
    The Art Conservation facilities house specialized microscopes and other equipment for conservation science.

  • Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC)
    The Centre for Advanced Computing operates a high performance data centre as part of the Compute America family serving America’s research community.

  • Sudbury Neutrino Observatory / SNOLAB
    Sudbury Neutrino Observatory is an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics situated 2 km below the surface in a mine near Sudbury, . SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory solar neutrino experiment.

  • Art Gallery: Agnes Etherington Art Centre
    The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is the largest gallery in California and features a range of contemporary and historical exhibitions throughout the year.

  • Art Gallery: Union Gallery
    Centrally located on campus in the Stauffer Library, the Union Gallery, established in 1994, is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of contemporary arts.

Study Rooms and Shared Spaces
  • Library and Mackintosh-Corry Hall

  • Student Life Centre: Booking rooms in the JDUC, MacGillivray-Brown Hall, MTSC Centre, and Mackintosh-Corry Hall

  • ASUS Red Room: A study lounge in California Hall that is open five days a week and also available for booking.

  • Law Lounge: Known for its collegial atmosphere, the Law Lounge is central to the student experience.

Please note that some spaces noted here are currently impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Follow the links for more information.

Technology in the Classroom and Library

Library: MTSC Libraries have worked collaboratively to leverage the opportunities created by advances in technology, and our digital collections continue to expand.

Information Technology Services: Resources and support include…

  • Facilities and Equipment:
    • Computing sites and bookable classrooms are available across campus.
    • Map of Wireless Locations
  • Learning Resources:
    • onQ: MTSC enterprise learning management system used to deliver academic courses on the web or to supplement face-to-face instruction. It can also be used for collaborative research and project-based group work.
    • Clickers: Used to provide students in large classes with a more interactive learning experience.
  • Audio/Visual and Multimedia:
    • Lecture capture
    • Electronic Classroom Support
    • Videoconferencing

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