Message from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State University! We begin this semester with exciting and new learning opportunities for current and incoming students.
The Computer Science Department is offering a new Minor in Computing Applications. In this minor, students will learn how to build effective computing applications for web and mobile platforms. The Minor features an interdisciplinary curriculum that will be of wide interests to students across our campus.
The School of Engineering received ABET accreditation for three existing programs — Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and for the first time, the Computer Engineering program. All engineering programs are growing rapidly and are providing students hands-on training opportunities and terrific job prospects.
To support lower-division mathematics instruction for all majors, the Department of Mathematics launched an extensive revision to its curriculum, which includes many high-impact teaching practices. In addition, the Department is also offering support courses, which will ensure that students who need additional assistance with their math courses get the help that they need to succeed.
Our college is also offering unique training opportunities through our research centers. Students can now pursue a Master’s degree at the Estuary Ocean Science Center at the Romberg Tiburon Campus, where they study the impacts of climate change on Bay Area communities. In addition, students interested in becoming teachers can get involved in the Teacher Fellows program at the Center for Science and Mathematics Education.
Other opportunities include a faculty-led study abroad program for students in psychology and related majors to work with pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students at schools in Chengdu, China. Closer to home, students can take classes at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus, located just north of Tahoe in the Golden Lakes Basin. While enjoying this beautiful wilderness, students can earn college credit for courses in their degree programs.
We are officially opening our new CoSE Student Success Center in Science 214. This center will advise students on general education requirements, help them achieve academic success and identify internship and scholarship opportunities within their fields of interest.
Through these and other efforts, our college strives to provide our students the best training grounds. Our graduates are addressing pressing needs facing society by entering top-notch Ph.D. programs, joining influential companies and non-profit agencies, and working with the local K-12 educational community to improve STEM education. Our alumni reflect the consciousness of the Bay Area as they strive to build an inclusive and equitable society, in which everyone has an opportunity to achieve their goals.
I am delighted that our enrollment in our college is steadily increasing and that our degree programs remain widely popular with our students. Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, and Psychology are among the top 10 undergraduate majors on campus. I invite you to learn more about us and the great work that we do in the College of Science & Engineering!
Carmen Domingo, Ph.D.
College of Science & Engineering
Dr. Carmen Domingo was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Science & Engineering in August 2017. Domingo is an accomplished scholar and dedicated teacher and mentor who has been a member of SF State’s Biology Department for 20 years. She is widely recognized for her collaborative leadership style, her commitment to innovation in research and teaching, and her deep understanding of CoSE and SF State. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley.
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.
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.
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.