Designed with environmental impact in mind, Soka University’s academic facilities encourage the hands-on exploration of topics as diverse as gardening and astronomy to ceramics and language studies.

Explore Our Academic Facilities

Our scientific research laboratories provide a space for research as well as instruction on various research subjects and areas.

The Soka Instructional Garden supports academic programs through instruction in composting and gardening and serves as a venue to learn and practice these skills in an environmentally friendly, healthy, and safe manner.

The mission of the Soka Instructional Aquaculture Facility is to support the teaching of sustainable aquaculture, the appreciation of aquatic organisms, and aquatic research at SUA.

Professor M. Robert Hamersley’s research interest is in the aquatic cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and other macro-elements as mediated by plants and bacteria. His work spans aquatic environments from wetlands and lakes to estuaries and the open ocean.

The Soka University Life Sciences Building, which is under construction, will open in Fall 2020 and feature a state-of-the-art 91,370 square foot facility that will include eight teaching labs, 10 research labs, a lecture hall, and a mix of office and interaction spaces. 

The Nieves Observatory provides a hands-on experience for students to observe the cosmos through Soka’s telescope.

The Creative Arts Studios provide spaces for students enrolled in CARTS courses to work on their creative projects throughout the semester. Students using the facilities, which include labs for photography, ceramics, painting, music, and dance, are able to fulfill the learning outcomes of completing creative artwork, developing tools of creativity, and improving general creative processes.

The language lab provides 15 language learning stations equipped with state-of-the-art software and hardware. Students using the facilities at the language lab are able to practice and improve their listening comprehension and speaking skills in the target language.

Explore Soka

Learn about why sustainability is important to Soka, book a tour to visit campus, and discover what topics and hypotheses our faculty are researching and testing.