Dean's Message

Welcome to the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State University! After two years of serving as interim dean, I’m thrilled and honored to have been chosen as the new dean of the college. I will be bringing more than 20 years of experience at SF State to this position. I have worked closely with our department chairs, faculty, staff and campus leadership to advance the educational experiences of our students. 

There’s a lot to be excited about in the college as we begin the Fall 2019 semester. This year we’ve hired 13 tenure-track faculty who bring new expertise in far-ranging subjects, including galaxy formation, drug discovery and Internet of Things technologies. Our degree programs remain as popular as ever, with Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology and Biology among the top 10 undergraduate majors on our campus. 

CoSE continues to improve program offerings to ensure that our students can take advantage of new opportunities that will prepare them well for entry into the job market. Our first-in-the-country Graduate Certificate in Ethical Artificial Intelligence, a collaboration with faculty in the College of Business and Liberal & Creative Arts, will prepare students to work in emerging technological fields with the good of society in mind. Meanwhile, a new M.S. in Statistical Data Science program offered by the Mathematics Department will train our students with skills that are increasingly in demand in the tech workforce.  

A testament to the high caliber of our faculty is their ability to continue to attract significant external funding. During the 2018-2019 academic year, faculty were awarded over $12.5 million in new grants, with the largest number of grants coming from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.  

New initiatives like our PINC (Promoting Inclusivity in Computing) and GOLD (Graduate Opportunities to Learn Data Science) programs, funded by NSF, as well as the SF BUILD program, recently renewed by the NIH for an additional five years, demonstrate the commitment of our faculty and staff to making science more inclusive by improving the way we teach and mentor students in our programs. These efforts are paying off as SF State is among the top universities in the nation for awarding STEM degrees to underrepresented students across several departments.  

As we look ahead to the next academic year and to CoSE’s future, we are working on plans for a new academic building that will house our growing engineering and chemistry & biochemistry programs. Importantly, this new 150,000-square-foot building will provide innovative research and instructional spaces that will welcome students from across the campus to learn about science and technology.  

By bringing together SF State’s social justice mission with our strengths in science and technology, CoSE graduates are uniquely prepared to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. I hope you’ll explore our website to learn more about our faculty, staff and students and their impressive accomplishments. 



Carmen Domingo, Ph.D.
College of Science & Engineering


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.