An Introduction: Passion for Discovery
The Rieke Science Center is named in honor of the late William O. Rieke, M.D., PLU’s 11th president and noted scientist. Completed in 1985, the 88,500 square-foot facility is one of two buildings housing the Division of Natural Sciences and serves as the majestic anchor of the university’s lower campus.
The Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics reside in the Rieke Science Center, and several faculty members participating in the Environmental Studies Program have offices in Rieke Science Center.
At PLU, science is on the rise. The number of majors in the natural sciences has increased significantly over the last five years, and on average, the science departments collectively graduate 100 majors per academic year.
The natural sciences at Pacific Lutheran University are not solely for science majors. Regardless of their majors, all PLU students are required to study science. Currently 2,521 students are enrolled in science classes that are held in the Rieke Science Center. We believe natural science to be an important component of a liberal arts education, and the ability to think scientifically an important life skill.