Centers & Research

romberg tiburon center

Estuary & Ocean Science Center is an off-campus research and teaching facility operated year round and is the only academic research facility on the San Francisco Bay.  The center's educational mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate courses in biology, geography and geology that promote learning in the fields of marine biology, estuarine ecology and oceanography.

National Estuarine Research Reserve

The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's mission is to improve understanding and stewardship of the estuary with a broader relevance to the ecosystems beyond the Golden Gate. The tidal marshes at Rush Ranch and China Camp serve as research sites for scientists; classrooms for teachers, land managers and naturalists; and inspiring places for Bay Area residents to visit.

Center for Science & Math Education

The Center for Science & Math Education has been established to recruit, prepare and support science and mathematics teachers; foster research into science and mathematics education and promote its application and establish a community of science and mathematics education scholars, practitioners, and students.


Center for computing life sciences

The Center for Computng in Life Sciences is where Computer Science and Mathematics meet Biology and Biochemistry to solve problems in life sciences and to educate students. It's part of a University-wide strategic thrust towards interdisciplinary research and education addressing the emerging trend of intergration of life sciences, computational and mathematical sciences. It involves faculty, researchers, and students from the SF State departments of Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics, as well as collaborators from Stanford University's Department of Bioengineering and other major universities.

health professions program

The goals of the program are to help train professionals that know how to conduct balanced lives and work with each other in a cooperative manner, to contribute to social justice by training a diverse population of healthcare providers thus lessening the access, treatment and outcome disparities that plague our healthcare system. Another goal is to provide socioeconomically disadvantaged participants a career path that affords them and their families with greater socioeconomic resources.

Geographic Information Science

The Institute for Geographic Information Science (IGISc) is a research institution dedicated to the promotion and support of geospatial research and technology. In addition to research projects, we run a GIS Certificate Program and house the CSU GIS Specialty Center which connects GIScience specialists at all 23 campuses. We stay at the cutting edge in geospatial software and analytical methods in order to provide the highest quality training, consulting, and research support.