In the College of Natural Sciences, dedicated professors and strong research programs enable students to become participants in the scientific process while preparing to participate actively and skillfully in a world where knowledge of science and technology has become the standard. An education in the natural sciences allows you to obtain the formal knowledge and experience necessary to help reach your career goals.
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology:
The disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology evolved from the application of chemical and physical techniques to the characterization of life processes. Undergraduates in this major have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, may conduct independent research, and participate in internship programs. A combined BS/MS degree program allows highly qualified students to obtain both degrees in five years.
Biology is the unifying discipline in life science because it investigates all living things--from bacteria and viruses, to plants, animals, and humans and their relationship to their environments. Biology majors study the structure and function of cells, organ systems and tissues in animals and plants, ecology, and evolution to acquire their degree in biological science or zoology.
Chemistry, often called the central science, is a bridge between the most fundamental physical sciences on one end and life sciences on the other. The Department of Chemistry effectively trains chemists at all levels offering both American Chemical Society certified and the non-ACS-certified BS degrees as well as a chemistry education concentration and a minor in chemistry.
Computer science is the study of computational processes and devices. It uses basic computer programming methods and languages, but also encompasses discrete mathematics, logic, the internet, computer security, machine learning, and human factors in the use of computers. The Department of Computer Science offers degrees in both computer science and applied computing technology.
Mathematics is the science of numbers, shapes, probabilities, and measurements. It is a universal language in which information is stated in its simplest possible form. Mathematical ideas and results not only represent some of the highest accomplishments of our culture, but also are an indispensable tool in an ever-increasing array of disciplines.
Physics is arguably the most fundamental science. It encompasses a vast range, from the tiniest sub-atomic particles to the farthest reaches of the universe, including an amazing diversity of physical phenomena. Physics seeks both the simple laws governing the physical world and the explanation of complex systems in terms of these simple laws.
As a contemporary science and applied profession, psychology represents a rational and systematic attempt to understand human behavior by studying the processes of development, perception, learning, motivation and thinking. It studies the relationship of these processes to the physiological and social functioning of humans and animals and involves measuring psychological dimensions in the attempt to validate its theories.
Statistics is the science of collection, organization, analysis, and explanation of data. The field offers many opportunities for people who enjoy interpreting the world in quantitative ways. In this field, methods are developed and used to explain quantitative patterns observed in the social, physical, and natural sciences and in business.
Celebrate Creativity at CSU’s Art and Science Exhibition, Through March 24
The 10th annual Art and Science Exhibition opens up its doors to Colorado State University’s community on Feb. 21 at the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center.
[Open Position] Academic Success Coordinator – Psychology
The Academic Success Coordinator in the Department of Psychology of the College of Natural Sciences is a full time 12-month Administrative Professional position.
Young Investigators Award Goes to Ph.D. Grad Sarah Fitzpatrick
A recent Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Biology, Sarah Fitzpatrick, received a Young Investigators Award from the American Society of Naturalists for her work studying the effects of gene flow on wild animal populations.
Laurie Stargell Named Chair of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology baton has been passed into the hands of Professor Laurie Stargell, who is ready to go full speed ahead as the new chair of that department in Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences.
The scholarship deadline is March 1st, 2017. Late documents, and documents submitted by fax, U.S. mail, e-mail, or hand-delivery will NOT be accepted.
Topics & Research
Early Career Investigator Award Goes to Psychology Faculty Member Daniel Graham
The Society of Behavioral Medicine has announced that its 2017 Early Career Investigator Award will be given to Dan Graham, Colorado State University assistant professor of applied social and health psychology.
Did You Know? CSU Groundhog Expert Offers Fascinating Facts
In celebration of Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, Colorado State University Professor of Biology Greg Florant offers three fascinating facts about groundhogs – those hibernating, shadow-hating rodents.
Recreating Conditions Inside Stars with Compact Lasers
The energy density contained in the center of a star is higher than we can imagine – many billions of atmospheres, compared with the 1 atmosphere of pressure we live with here on Earth’s surface […]
CSU Wormherders in Action in Antarctica
A research team led by Diana Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University, started off the new year at McMurdo Station, the largest Antarctic […]