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.
College of Natural Sciences 2017 Professor Laureate Awards and Lecture: April 28
This year, the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University is honoring two of its outstanding faculty as 2017 Professor Laureates, the […]
HBO Movie Premiering this Week Inspired by CSU Alumna’s Book
Rebecca Skloot, a College of Natural Sciences alumna who’s met critical acclaim as a science and medical writer, enters the spotlight once more this […]
College of Natural Sciences Honored with 8 Top Faculty Awards at Celebrate! Colorado State
Each year, Colorado State University selects outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni to honor at Celebrate! Colorado State Awards, and this year […]
Celebrate! Colorado State Award Winners for 2017
Each year, Colorado State University celebrates the teaching, research and service achievements of CSU students, alumni and friends, academic faculty, administrative professionals and classified staff.
Spring Professor Laureate Lecture
Associate Professor of Chemistry Melissa Reynolds will deliver the Spring College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate Lecture: “Systemic or Localized: paths to better science and improved clinical outcomes.” Please join us at 4 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Room in the Lory Student Center for the lecture, followed by hors d’oeuvres. The event is free and open to the community. Associate Professor of Statistics Dan Cooley, also named a 2017 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate, will deliver his Professor Laureate lecture in the fall semester.
Topics & Research
Saving the Monkeyflower, Exercise Balls and Other Stories at CURC
Toiling away at a statistics and computer science double major, fourth-year student Zach Goodenow never imagined he’d someday get to help save an endangered species.
Google Street View Cars Are Eyes on the Ground for Urban Methane Leaks
A set of Google Street View mapping cars, specially equipped with cutting-edge methane analyzers, are allowing Colorado State University researchers to “see” invisible methane leaks from natural gas lines beneath our streets.
‘Spectacular-Looking’ Endangered Frog Species Discovered in Ecuador’s Cloud Forests
It’s not every day someone gets to say, “I’ve discovered a new species.” It’s a claim that Colorado State University biologist Chris Funk can happily make.
How CSU Chemists Are Helping Us Not Get Food Poisoning
Food poisoning: Many of us have had it, and we won’t soon forget it. Colorado State University chemists are trying to make it so we can avoid it in the first place.