The College of Science & Engineering: Learning by Doing

CoSE is comprised of seven science departments and the School of Engineering, and enrolls 7,300 students each year. The college’s curriculum is guided by an ethos of “learning by doing” – faculty and students conduct research together on a range of theoretical and applied subjects, with a focus on building workforce-relevant skills. 

CoSE's student population, faculty and staff reflect the demographic diversity of the region, and most key programs are non-impacted, meaning that there are no GPA requirements to enroll.

The college benefits from the abundance of accomplished faculty members who live and work in the Bay Area. Faculty grants and awards include:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted 18 of its most prestigious CAREER awards to CoSE faculty, placing SFSU second among the 23 CSUs
  • 60+ grants were awarded to CoSE faculty in 2020-21, totaling $20.3 million
  • Granting organizations to CoSE research include the NSF, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense
  • Google Faculty-in-Residence
engineering students in front of a science fair display
engineering students outside racing their car creations
two female students working with instruments in a lab

CoSE Alumni

Infographic showing percentages of alumni that live in CA

CoSE's 46,000+ alumni are an important presence in the Bay Area's economy and STEM industries. 83% of CoSE alumni live in California and 80% live in the Bay Area. 8% of employees in the largest SF Bay Area biopharma companies are SFSU alumni.



SF State alumni work at Genentech*, Gilead*, BioMarin*, Bayer, Arcus Biosciences, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Roche, Exelixis*, Revance, Ultragenyx*, BeiGene*, Jazz*, Pfizer*, FibroGen, Mirati Therapeutics, NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Merck, among others.

*C-Suite alumni 



Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

african american woman with pipette and white man looking on

The second and third floors of the new building in the Science & Engineering Innovation Center are dedicated to labs, offices, and classrooms of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Thirty-one Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members teach 400 students a year majoring in chemistry and physical, organic, computational, and materials chemistry, as well as biochemistry. All students in the College of Science & Engineering (CoSE) take at least one chemistry class, and the chemistry labs are used in research projects from all STEM disciplines.


FACULTY PROFILE: Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Misty Kuhn

Student Anjani Pradhananga (left) and Assistant Professor Misty Kuhn (middle)

San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Misty Kuhn received the prestigious $1.9 million “Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early-Stage Investigators” grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in August 2019. Misty is the first woman and second recipient of this award in the CSU’s history.

Kuhn’s team will work in the new cell culture lab, delving into the shape and functions of proteins used in the fight against disease-causing bacteria. There is currently no space on the SFSU campus that is sterile enough for this work.


three women in lab

School of Engineering

engineering students in front of a science fair display
doctors okada and zhang hold robotic arm they've created

The first floor and top two floors of the Science & Engineering Innovation Center are dedicated to learning spaces, labs, and offices for the School of Engineering, which educates approximately 1,600 students each year.

In 2021, the School of Engineering was ranked 48th out of 220 in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Undergraduate Engineering Program Rankings” listing. The school has grown exponentially in the last ten years and is the only engineering program in the Bay Area that has no GPA requirement for enrollment. It is the only four-year engineering program in San Francisco, and the only CSU north of San Jose to offer several engineering majors, including mechanical engineering and civil engineering.

For the many students living in the East Bay and San Francisco who cannot afford to relocate to attend college, San Francisco State University is the only choice for pursuing an undergraduate engineering degree.

The School of Engineering’s diverse faculty is comprised of 22 tenured/tenure-track faculty & 30 lecturers. They include leading academic researchers, senior staff at Bay Area tech companies, tech entrepreneurs, and senior members of government agencies, and are recipients of:

  • Distinguished teaching awards
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
  • NSF and National Institute of Health (NIH) grants Department of Energy grants
  • Air Force Research Laboratory grants
  • California State University (CSU) Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award
  • American Chemical Society PRF grant
  • Google Faculty-in-Residence

CoSE Leadership

Dean Carmen Domingo

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

University of California, Berkeley
PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology

University of California, Irvine
BS, Biological Science

After more than 20 years as a faculty member in the Department of Biology, Carmen Domingo, Ph.D. became Dean of the College of Science and Engineering in March 2019. She is the first female to hold the office in the college’s history. Dean Domingo is part of a select group: Only 3% of higher education administrators in the U.S. are Hispanic/Latino, according to a 2017 report by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The Science & Engineering Innovation Center expresses Dean Domingo's vision for a robust workforce-ready alumni body and a truly inclusive state-of-the-art program.

"We have a strong record of developing research programs that are accessible to all students, regardless of their starting point, and raising them to a level where they are very competitive for entry into top Ph.D. programs and careers in the sciences and engineering.”
– Dean Carmen Domingo
Baird headshot

Teaster Baird, Jr. Ph.D. | Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


Ph.D., Biochemistry
Duke University

B.S., Chemistry
Tougaloo College

NIH Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholar

Postdoctoral Scholar

Kwok Siong Teh, PhD headshot

Kwok Siong Teh, Ph.D. | Director, School of Engineering

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
University of California Berkeley

M.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

B.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



Jayshree Ullal photo from waist up

Jayshree Ullal (B.S., ‘81, Electrical Engineering) is a leading executive in the technology industry, with a career in Silicon Valley spanning more than 30 years.

  • President of Arista Networks, growing the company’s cloud networking business
  • 18 on Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year for 2019” list
  • Named to Barron's “World's Best CEOs” list in 2018 and 2019
  • Ranked #9 in the “30 Most Impressive Female Engineers Alive Today” list by Best Computer Science Degrees
  • 1 on Masala’s “MOST INFLUENTIAL Asian Women in America” list
Alumni Esteban Gonzalez Burchard headshot

Esteban Gonzalez Burchard (B.S., ’90, Cellular & Molecular Biology) is a Mexican-American physician-scientist who grew up in San Francisco's Mission District. He was one of four children in a one-parent family raised by his mother, a teacher at Mission High School.

Dr. Burchard is currently a Professor at UCSF and Director of the UCSF Asthma Collaboratory. His team focuses on improving health through therapeutics, medicines, medical devices, and diagnostic tests, and is leading the field in asthma genetics.


Contact Associate Vice President of University Development Anjali Billa to learn about naming opportunities and to become a donor to the Science & Engineering Innovation Center: or (415) 405-3625.