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Diversity in the College of Sciences


As a community, our collective responsibility in the College of Sciences is to work toward long-lasting and positive change in the world around us. We recognize that this responsibility extends beyond our teaching and research missions. We are committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice in all we do. We acknowledge that much work is to be done before our college is the community to which we aspire.

We stand in support of all African American and Black individuals, and we acknowledge that they are victims of the systemic racism and anti-Blackness that permeates every corner of American society. Similarly, we stand in support of all Latinx, Native American and indigenous, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and individuals who come from groups that are marginalized in our society. Our college recognizes its special responsibility to support SDSU students, faculty, and staff members who belong to oppressed and marginalized groups. Additionally, we have an obligation to be thought leaders within our scientific disciplines as we seek to build equitable communities that reflect our shared values.

Statement from Dean Jeffrey Roberts

As Dean of the College of Sciences, I want to express my personal commitment to addressing and eliminating the systemic racism that plagues every corner of society, including our college. I condemn any member of our community whose words or actions are inconsistent with our college’s unwavering commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.

I know that words are empty if they are unaccompanied by true change. Over the next weeks and months, I will be working with stakeholders across the college to develop specific, actionable steps that will better align the college’s practices with its stated values. I look forward to sharing these steps with COS faculty, staff, and students; to implementing them as quickly as possible; and to working with all of you to be instruments of positive and necessary change.

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Classroom Equity App Gets NSF Grant

A nearly $1 million grant for SDSU’s Daniel Reinholz will allow further exploration of a tool to reduce longstanding forms of implicit bias.

Researchers Aim to Reduce LGBTQ Youth Suicide with $3.6M Grant to Fund Novel Intervention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults, behind unintentional injury, with suicide attempts much higher among LGBTQ youth (23% to 45%) than their heterosexual and cisgender peers (5%).

Researchers Tracing How COVID-19 Spreads, Mutates in the Environment

A multidisciplinary team of experts in virology and computer modeling has quickly assembled at San Diego State University to learn more about how the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads in the environment and how its trajectory can be better predicted.

Marine Microbiologist Receives Major NSF Career Development Award

The nearly $1 million grant will enable Nicholas Shikuma to further explore how bacteria cause metamorphosis in marine animals and corals.

Astronomers Pinpoint Two New Double-Star Planetary Systems

On behalf of the international team of 60 investigators, including SDSU astronomers William Welsh and Jerome Orosz, the work was presented by researcher Veselin Kostov at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu on January 6.

‘Death Star’ Bacterial Structures Could Be Drug Delivery Tool

By scraping tubeworms off the bottom of boats in San Diego Bay to study them, SDSU researchers discovered a beneficial bacterium that aids in establishing colonies could also be a boon for human health, because the same process might already take place in the human gut.

Mimicking Photosynthesis to Make Fuel Cells Affordable and Green

Chemistry researcher and assistant professor Jing Gu, with San Diego State University, is focused on making hydrogen both affordable and green, through artificial photosynthesis that mimics the plants to convert solar energy into hydrocarbons that stores energy in chemical bonds.

SDSU Professor Official Member on Global eRosita Telescope Project

On July 13th, 2019 the eRosita X-ray space telescope was put into Earth’s orbit successfully. This instrument was developed by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany.

Astronomers Discover Third Planet in the Kepler-47 Circumbinary System

Astronomers have discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system’s title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds. Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, a team of researchers, led by astronomers at San Diego State University, detected the new Neptune-to-Saturn-size planet orbiting between two previously known planets.

Corals Face Threat from Tiny Enemy

Corals Face Threat from Tiny Enemy

Climate change and environmental stressors are not the only threats for coral reefs worldwide. Overfishing allows other reef organisms such as algae to crowd out corals. This has a snowball effect that alters the battlefield corals face.


College of Sciences Alumni are Making a Difference

Advance your Career with a Degree in Science

SDSU’s College of Sciences is the region’s largest center for science education and research. Comprising eight departments and various specialties, our College offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as curricula for pre-professional students in medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry. Our coursework is enhanced by research centers that provide our students with real-world experience and seminars given by notable leaders in the field. We also maintain off-campus sites at the Mt. Laguna Observatory, Coastal Waters Laboratory, and nearly 9,000 acres comprising four biological sciences research stations. Our faculty remain leaders in their disciplines through their research, enabling our students to benefit from both practical classroom instruction, as well as hands-on laboratory work with our professors.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SDSU is closely monitoring the worldwide situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. SDSU, in its decision-making regarding COVID-19, follows the guidance of the San Diego County Health and Human Services (HHSA), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.

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