A. Paul Schaap Science Center
The A. Paul Schaap Science Center is one of the nation's premier undergraduate science education facilities. The center is comprised of a new 85,900-square-foot construction, completed in 2003, combined with the 72,000-square-foot Peale Wing, which was renovated in 2004. The building houses the departments of biology, chemistry, geological and environmental sciences, nursing and psychology.
The Schaap Science Center has 12 classrooms, 30 faculty research laboratories, 21 teaching laboratories, a science museum and an atrium where students study and work on assignments.
The building reflects the college’s emphasis on student-faculty research. In 2006, U.S. News and World Report included Hope in its America’s Best Colleges guide for our outstanding emphasis on undergraduate research or creative projects.
The building was named after Hope College trustee Dr. A. Paul Schaap ’67. The Peale Wing is named for Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a former Hope trustee, and his wife, Ruth Stafford Peale.