About the College

Message from the Dean

Dean of College of Science & Engineering Keith Bowman

I am honored to serve as Dean of the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State University. Our faculty and staff are commited to:

  • Transform students, their families and the world
  • Cultivate diverse perspectives to drive discovery & creative problem-solving
  • Ensure everyone, and every perspective, contribute to making the planet a better place to live

Recently, San Francisco State University embarked on a new strategic plan that reflects its history and aspirations in five core values:

  • Courage
  • Life of the Mind
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Resilience

These core values shape our approach for ensuring a future that will enable us to seize opportunities and elevate expectations as ever before.


Keith J. Bowman, Dean, College of Science & Enginneering

Dr. Keith J. Bowman was appointed dean of the College of Science & Engineering in July 2015. Dean Bowman's career has focused on advising fundamental research in materials science and engineering and on increasing diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Bowman was previously a faculty member and leader at Illnois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he served as chair of the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering and the first Duchossois Leadership Professor in the Armour College of Engineering. Prior to IIT he was a faculty member and leader at Purdue University, where he served as Head of the School of Materials Engineering.

He has been and continues to be involved in efforts to increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Previously he served as a member of IIT's Diversity Committee and as chair of the Purdue University College of Engineering's Diversity Action Commitee. He was also the founding advisor to the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientific and Technical Professionals at Purdue and has served on numerous discussion panels related to diversity issues.

Bowman holds bachelor's and master's degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Michigan.

Our College

The College of Science & Engineering (CoSE)

CoSE is home to more than 400 faculty and staff members, including 182 tenured and tenure-track faculty and more than 6,000 students in eight departments and one school. CoSE also provides foundational education to students crossing the entirety of San Francisco State University.

Our Mission

CoSE provides an encouraging environment to develop the intellectual capacity, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving ability of its students so that they may become honorable, contributing and forward-thinking members of the science and engineering community of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. CoSE fosters a thriving environment for scholarly and creative activities so that new knowledge or solutions to problems are discovered or created and provides science education to all students in the University so that they may be equipped to succeed in the modern world.

Our Vision

CoSE is committed to offering students an academic experience of "thinking, learning and doing." The best way to provide this experience is through involving students in research and the solution of real world problems. Thus, teaching and research are mutually supportive and one cannot excel without the other. Faculty and students conduct research together in topics spanning a broad range of theoretical and applied topics on projects supported by a variety of funding sources, including foundations, companies, state and local governments and a broad range of federal funding agencies.
CoSE is committed to serve a student population that reflects the diversity of the region and includes many international students. The College supports a number of programs designed to encourage and support all students to pursue careers in science and engineering. The College is committed support and retain a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students, both domestic and international.