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.
Three Colorado State University Professors Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows
Three Colorado State University faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Colorado State University Welcomes National Academy of Sciences Member
A.R. Ravishankara, longtime director of the Chemical Sciences Division of the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, has joined CSU’s chemistry and atmospheric science departments. Ravishankara is known for his research related to the understanding of ozone layer depletion, climate change, and air quality.
Colorado State University Offers New Degree in Neuroscience
Colorado State University will offer a four-year undergraduate degree in neuroscience beginning in Fall 2014, the first such degree offered at a public institution in Colorado.
Fall 2014 Registration Access Begins for Continuing Students
Fall 2014 registration access begins for continuing students on April 4, 2014.
Topics & Research
Researchers Studying Sorghum for Bioenergy Project
Colorado State University researchers are aiding the U.S. government in its quest to develop non-food crops that can be converted in bioenergy. Anireddy Reddy, professor of Biology, recently received a $1.38 million federal grant to study [...]
CSU Adds New High-Resolution Electron Microscope
By the end of April, Amy Prieto and her students will no longer have to drive to the Colorado School of Mines to analyze their nanomaterial samples with a specialized microscope. Instead, the Colorado State University professor and her team will walk down a flight of stairs and use a new $1.9 million high-resolution transmission electron microscope.
No One Puts Baby in the Corner
Greg Florant is no stranger to media. The Colorado State University professor is known for his research on how hibernating mammals – particularly marmots – use fats and other nutrients to hibernate. Reporters often interview him on Groundhog Day when Punxsutawney Phil, the famous marmot, “emerges” from hibernation [...]