Yellowstone Science and Health Building

YSHB Donor Wall
Vistors view the Yellowstone Science and Health Building donor wall.

MSU Billings’ location in the heart of Montana’s largest medical corridor provides exceptional access to integrated learning for health professions and science students. It affords an exceptional opportunity for employment upon graduation in diverse medical and science-related fields. Over 80% of the graduates work and remain in Montana, and over 50% remain in the Billings area, serving the region.

The current building was constructed in 1947 and needed renovation to accommodate the number of students using the facility, their educational needs, and accommodating sufficient equipment needs and modern technology. Additionally, the structure will be expanded to house the growing College of Health Professions and Science. The building will house a unique interdisciplinary opportunity for students. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s workforce serving the healthcare, energy, agri-business, and preventative health fields — and many others.

The construction of the Yellowstone Science and Health Building is essential to meeting the needs of the region. The renovated building will allow MSU Billings to serve students for another half-century, which serves all of us. Buy a brick today to leave your mark on this exciting project and the MSU Billings campus. 

Yellowstone Science and Health Building Timeline

June 5, 1946

  • President A.G. Peterson’s dream of expanding the Eastern Montana College campus was realized when the Postwar Planning Commission recommended releasing $175,000 for the erection of a science building.

January 1947

  • The Montana State Legislature appropriates funds from a reserve built up from WWII.

Sept. 28, 1949

  • The science building, the most modern in Montana, is completed. It includes a faculty lounge, girls and boys lounge with smoking sections, four general classrooms, nine laboratories, a wildlife museum, and aquaria and terra wall displays.
  • The final cost was $325,000, and the new three-story structure housed $40,000 of state-of-the-art equipment.
  • The building was dedicated in a ceremony in October of 1949.

Feb. 8, 1974

  • Under HB 1158, $996,800 was requested to remodel and expand the science building to address a dire need for faculty offices and laboratory space.

May 26, 1975

  • A $1.35 million expansion of 10,000 square feet was approved.

1976

  • Construction begins.

Fall 1977

  • Construction is complete; an open house was held in February 1978.

2006

  • Once again, MSU Billings struggles with over-full classrooms, outdated laboratories, and not enough faculty offices.
  • Collaborative Design Architects carries out a renovation feasibility analysis to determine a path forward.

2013

  • The Montana State Legislature appropriates $10 million for the new Yellowstone Science and Health Building.
  • The project has an estimated cost of $15 million.
  • The MSU Billings Foundation is tasked with raising $5 million before the university could access the appropriations. The design phase begins.

2016

  • MSUB Foundation renews its fundraising effort to drive the project forward.
  • Former MSUB Chancellor Mark Nook champions the “I Am In, Ru?” initiative, which gives students and faculty alike the opportunity to support the YSHB while showcasing their ‘Jacket Pride.

2017

Programing of the Yellowstone Science and Health Building is complete.

August 2018

  • The MSU Billings Foundation raises the $5 million required to break ground.
  • The “Buy a Brick” campaign allows donors to make their mark on this exciting project by purchasing an engraved commemorative brick. The bricks will create an exterior donor wall recognizing the many students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends who support the Yellowstone Science and Health Building.

Sept. 12, 2018

  • Groundbreaking commences for the new building.
  • The total project is now estimated at $17.1 million and will include a 30,000-square-foot expansion include 16 teaching labs, 11 research labs, and triple the hood space.

December 2018

  • The final design of the Yellowstone Science and Health Building is approved. The LEED-certified building contains dedicated student study spaces throughout, over 40 wi-fi hot spots, and “Connected Classrooms” with building-wide audio and video systems that make an MSU Billings education accessible from anywhere in the world.
  • State-of-the-art equipment includes 3D motion capture cameras to analyze movement and force, a scanning electron microscope, a diversity greenhouse, herbarium, and a cadaver lab.

Sept. 9, 2019

  • Construction commences.

November 2019

  • The university receives the Board of Regents approval to rename two of its five colleges. The College of Health Professions and Science changed its name to the College of Health Professions and Science (CHPS), and what was once the College of Liberal Arts became the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS).

May 30, 2020

  • The old science building is vacated. The Department of Biological and Physical Sciences moves into temporary labs spaces.

August 2021

  • The College of Health Professions and Science moves into the Yellowstone Science and Health Building.

Sept. 7, 2021

  • MSU Billings, the MSU Billings Foundation, hundreds of donors and friends celebrate the completion of the Yellowstone Science and Health Building. Classes start the next day.
  • View our gallery of ribbon-cutting photos.