Welcome to the College of Science & Engineering (CoSE) at San Francisco State University. As we enter the 21-22 academic year, I am thrilled to invite students, faculty and staff back to our campus!!!
As exciting as this new milestone is, I am also very aware of the concerns that the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has brought to our region. I am pleased to share that both the high vaccination rates among students and the testing of all students living in our on-campus housing units have made SFSU one of the safest campuses in the country. The collaborative efforts between the Colleges, Housing, Student and Academic Affairs, and Admissions has helped us welcome our students, faculty and staff back to campus in a safe and supportive environment. Please check out the “Stronger Together” website for a lot of helpful information.
This Fall CoSE is pleased to launch two new certificate programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities in areas of high need. The first certificate is Climate Change: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions, which is an outcome of a terrific collaboration between the Biology Department, Environmental Studies Program, and many other colleagues across all six colleges at SFSU. The goal of this certificate program is to integrate science, policy, and activism to help us address the complex challenges associated with climate change. In addition to the certificate program we have courses and research efforts that address climate change in the Departments of Earth & Climate Sciences and Geography & Environment as well as at our research field campuses, Estuary Ocean Science Center and the Sierra Nevada Field Campus. Beyond the classroom, faculty and students in the Physics and Astronomy Department have launched a global platform for astronomers, call Astronomers 4 Planet Earth. Because astronomers study how planets evolve as whole systems, they bring critical skills and experience to the study of our changing Earth.
The second certificate is called Data Science for Machine Learning in Biotechnology. This certificate was created by faculty in the Computer Science and Biology departments in collaboration with scientists at Genentech Inc. The goal of this certificate program is to provide students with technical skills in data science and machine learning that will prepare them for the range of problems that biotech companies wish to address. To complement these efforts, we also have an exciting new graduate program in the Department of Mathematics – M.S. in Statistical Data Science. Together these programs are helping to meet regional workforce needs in this area.
This Fall CoSE is offering both in person and on-line courses. Our instructional staff, which includes tenured/tenure-track faculty, lecturer faculty, and graduate teaching associates, have been hard at work preparing and updating their curricula. Many have engaged in developing new pedagogical strategies that bring more diverse perspectives and more inclusive practices into their curriculum. The workshops, trainings, and resources provided by the Center for Equity & Excellence in Teaching at SF State as well as the Center for Math & Science Education have been particularly helpful in this process.
Advising is an important component for ensuring that our students succeed in our college. The CoSE Student Success Center provides holistic advising to help students meet academic, professional and personal goals. In addition, if students experience mental health concerns the Psychology Clinic, which is situated within the Psychology Department, provides psychological services to help individuals who may be feeling depressed, anxious, or other difficulties.
Research activities in CoSE remain a high priority for students and faculty alike. Our faculty continue to engage in impactful research that is supported by a broad range of external grants. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, faculty in CoSE brought over $38M in external grants this past year to support new areas of research, student training programs, new instrumentation, and existing research projects. Students interested in learning more about these research opportunities should visit the Student Enrichment Office.
There is a lot to be excited about as CoSE looks forward to a new academic year. We just completed the demolition of eastern portion of the Science Building in preparation for the construction of a new 150,000 sq. ft. science building that will house the School of Engineering, and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. The new building will also feature a large, student-centered classroom, a student advising center, the Student Enrichment Office, and several conference rooms and informal learning spaces that will be available to students and faculty across the College. The more than 7000 majors in our college will benefit tremendously from the addition of this new academic building to our campus. To learn more about this exciting building project please visit Capital Planning, Design and Construction.
Our college strives to provide an excellent education and training environment for our students. We recognize and celebrate the diversity and talent that our students bring to our college. Together, with our faculty, staff and students, we are building a vibrant educational environment that is meeting the workforce needs of the region.
I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our strong educational programs and the impressive accomplishments of our college.
Carmen Domingo, Ph.D.
Dean of College of Science & Engineering