PSME Division

The PSME division emphasizes university programs, laboratory instruction, computer-assisted instruction and general education and basic skills instruction. Foothill College’s PSME offers numerous computer science, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, meteorology, nanotechnology, oceanography and physics. The Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division consists of 22 full-time, certificated faculty and three full-time classified staff.

Peter Murray
Division Dean 

Liberal Arts or Social Science Majors:
Take a look at Foothill’s new Statway™ Program!

Foothill is participating in an exciting program that allows students who are Liberal Arts or Social Science majors to move through elementary algebra to complete a transferable Statistics course in two quarters!

Think You’re Not a Math Person?
Foothill’s Award-Winning Math My Way Is Your Solution!

Learn More About Math My Way

Are You Interested in a Career Teaching Math or Science?
PSE 41 May Be The Right Class For You!

Foothill College has an exciting new program where you can gain experience teaching math or science at the elementary, middle school or high school level while earning credit and getting paid!
Learn More about PSE 41


ENGR40 is an overview of modern energy systems and future clean energy technology, and the first course in our emerging energy program. Be the energy leader on your block, explore energy careers, and help usher in an era of clean energy technology.
Learn more about ENGR 40

Training for Jobs in Commercial Energy Efficiency

and Building Performance

Coming mid-Fall 2011, a new course at Foothill College, designed to meet the demand of the job market, will be offered in Energy Efficiency for Building Systems Investment. If you have a degree in Engineering, the Physical Sciences, Architecture, or experience with HVAC systems or Project Management for Commercial Buildings – and you are unemployed – this training is for you! The training is free.
Learn more about this program

PSME Center: The Caring Help You Need to Succeed

When you need help completing a math, chemistry or physics assignment, find yourself confused about a concept or want to improve your study skills, visit the on-campus Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering (PSME) Center in Room 4215.

Offering you a supportive environment for study, the PSME Center is staffed by Foothill faculty as well as science and math graduate students from Stanford, San Jose State University and CSU East Bay. Open weekdays, the center also has numerous computers with the latest math, chemistry and physics software applications.

For more information about the PSME Center, call (650) 949-7042.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Silicon Valley Astronomy Series

Foothill’s PSME Division also offers exciting opportunities for students and community members to learn outside of the classroom. Under the leadership of founder and Foothill Astronomy Instructor Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College enjoys a national reputation for bringing science’s best and brightest to speak to audiences at the outstanding and free Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series.

For more Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series information, access the Astronomy Department or call (650) 949-7888.

Please note: The Smithwick Theater is closed for renovations until January 2012. Our Atronomy Series will resume upon its reopening.

Physics Olympics

Each year, Foothill’s PSME Division invites Foothill College students and local high school students to test their knowledge of physics, challenge their creativity and have fun by competing for prizes in the annual Foothill College Physics Olympics.
Learn more about the Physics Olympics

Physics Show
Are you interested in seeing fun, vivid demonstrations of the laws of nature? Check out Foothill’s Physics Show.
Learn more about the Physics Show