College of Science and Engineering  {SF State Bulletin 2011 - 2012}

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College of Science and Engineering


College Administrative Offices

Title Officer Office Telephone
Dean of the College Sheldon Axler TH 323 338-1571
Associate Dean Lisa White TH 323 338-1571
Director, Student Resource Center Anne Krause SCI 247 405-3955


College Directory

Department/Program Chair/Director Office Telephone
Biology Mike Goldman HH 534 338-1548
Chemistry and Biochemistry Jane DeWitt TH 806 338-1288
Computer Science Dragutin Petkovic TH 906 338-1008
Engineering Wenshen Pong SCI 163 338-1228
Geography and Human Environmental Studies Jerry Davis HSS 279 338-2049
Geosciences Oswaldo Garcia TH 509 338-2061
Mathematics David Bao TH 937 338-2251
Meteorology Oswaldo Garcia TH 509 338-2061
Physics and Astronomy Susan Lea TH 334 338-1659
Psychology Julia Lewis EP 301 338-2167
Center/Institute Director Office Extension
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Toby Garfield Tiburon 338-6063
Sierra Nevada Field Campus Vacant TH 323 338-1571
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Kenneth Coale Moss
(831) 755-8650


The College of Science and Engineering offers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:


Bachelor of Arts

Biology 04011

Chemistry 19051

Earth Sciences 19171

Geography 22061


  • Mathematics for Liberal Arts 17011
  • Mathematics for Teaching 17011
  • Mathematics for Advanced Study 17011

Physics 19021

Concentration in Astronomy 19111

Psychology 20011


Bachelor of Science

Applied Mathematics 17031

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Concentrations in:

  • Meteorology 19131
  • Oceanography 19191

Biochemistry 04141


Concentrations in:

  • Botany 04021
  • Cell and Molecular Biology 04171
  • Ecology 04201
  • Marine Biology and Limology 04181
  • Microbiology 04111
  • Physiology 04101
  • Zoology 04071

Chemistry 19051

Civil Engineering 09081

Computer Engineering 09094

Computer Science 07011

Electrical Engineering 09091

Geology 19141

Mechanical Engineering 09101

Physics 19021

Concentration in: Astrophysics 19111

Statistics 17021


The College of Science and Engineering offers the following graduate degrees:


Master of Arts

Geography 22061

Concentration in Resource Management and Environmental Planning

Mathematics 17011


Concentrations in:

  • Developmental Psychology 20091
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior 20992
  • Social Psychology 20051


Master of Science


Concentrations in:

  • Cell and Molecular 04171
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology 04011
  • Ecology and Systematic 04201
  • Marine Biology 04181
  • Microbiology 04111
  • Physiology and Behavioral 04101

Biomedical Science 04153

Concentrations in:

  • Biotechnology
  • Stem Cell Science

Chemistry 19051

Concentration in: Biochemistry 04141

Computer Science 07011

Concentrations in:

  • Computing and Business
  • Computing for the Life Sciences
  • Software Engineering

Engineering 09011

Concentrations in:

  • Structural/Earthquake Engineering
  • Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems
  • Energy Systems 09013

Geographic Information Science 17023 22063

Geosciences 19141 19172

Marine Science 49022

Physics 19021


Concentrations in:

  • Clinical Psychology 20031
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology 20081
  • School Psychology 20013


Cooperative Doctoral Program

M.S. in Biology to Ph.D. at University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; or University of California, San Francisco


M.S. in Chemistry or Biochemistry to Ph.D. at University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; or University of California, San Francisco


Certificate Programs

Biotechnology (Biology Department)

Genetic Engineering (Biology Department)

Certificate in Weather Study (Geoscience Department)



The mission of the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University is to provide 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; to foster a conducive environment for scholarly and creative activities so that new knowledge or solutions to problems are discovered or created; and to provide science education to all students in the university so that they may be equipped to succeed in the modern world.



The College of Science and Engineering is committed to providing superior scientific, engineering, and mathematical education in the context of a major urban university with a liberal arts tradition. The college offers programs at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels in astronomy, atmospheric sciences, biology, clinical laboratory science, chemistry, geology, biochemistry, computer science, physics, and mathematics through the six departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geosciences, and Physics and Astronomy. Through the School of Engineering, the college offers bachelor of science degrees in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering. At the graduate level, the school offers the Master of Science in Engineering. The college offers a graduate program in biomedical laboratory science through the Biology Department which provides practical professional experience and research opportunities through collaboration with numerous hospital service laboratories and off-campus clinical research laboratories. Finally, the college offers a multidisciplinary degree program in statistics drawing from courses in Business, Economics, and Mathematics. The statistics program is listed in the Department of Mathematics.


The college provides all of its students with a current, relevant, hands-on education in science and engineering. Close interaction between student and faculty in the laboratory and field environments fosters the development in the student of the critical skills required in science and engineering: the ability for objective analysis of a problem; the ability to design and carry out critical tests; and the ability to make objective interpretations of data.


Students wishing to follow one of the major and/or minor programs in the college should meet with a faculty adviser in the appropriate department immediately after admission to the university. Science and engineering curricula are inherently sequential so early advising and satisfaction of course prerequisites are essential to success in timely completion of program requirements.


The college operates three off-campus sites providing excellent field settings for instruction and research:


The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) is the marine research field station of the College of Science and Engineering, located approximately 25 miles north of the main campus in Marin County. The long-range vision for RTC is to be the leading estuarine and coastal academic institution on the West Coast of the United States of America, with a focus on the understanding of the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding environments. The designation of the S.F. Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, headquartered at RTC, provides additional resources and coordination for Bay Area environmental science and policy.


RTC is an off-campus research and teaching facility operated year round, and is the only academic research facility on S.F. Bay, one of the largest estuaries in the U.S. The center is part of the College of Science and Engineering and has affiliations with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. All degree programs and course offerings are administered through the university, with most students enrolled in the Master of Science in Biology: Concentration in Marine Biology. RTC'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. Students from any degree program are welcome to attend classes at the center, and to conduct research with faculty sponsorship. RTC is also involved in community outreach, offering teacher workshops biannually and a summer education program for the community that provides general interest environmental courses.


RTC is situated on a 34-acre waterfront parcel in Tiburon, California. The physical facilities are comprised of the main research laboratory, a smaller waterfront research laboratory, the administrative/teaching building, the marine/technical operations facilities, the Ohrenschall Guest Center, the Bay Conference Center, and numerous other storage and staging facilities. RTC also owns several boats used for research including a 38` aluminum hulled vessel, the R/V Questuary. RTC is administered by a director, with the support of an on-site staff, and RTC's scientific staff consists of tenured or tenure-track faculty with joint appointments in home departments on the main campus of SFSU, senior research scientists, visiting scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and numerous research technicians. There are typically over 25 undergraduate and graduate students involved in laboratory research projects, and over 100 students attending classes at the center on an annual basis.


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