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.
Colorado State University Looking for Students to Play “Grid Game”
Wanted: Students to operate their own power grids and protect them from cyber attacks as part of a new competition called the “Grid Game.” The multi-player game debuts on Aug. 20 at the Resilience Week 2014 conference in Denver.
William C. Marquardt III Obituary
On the morning of June 19, 2014 William C. (Bill) Marquardt III (Professor Emeritus, CSU) passed away from pancreatic cancer while being comforted by family members at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. Bill was 89 years old. Bill was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana [...]
In Memory: Mike Elliott
C. Michael “Mike” Elliott departed this world abruptly on July 2, leaving a huge hole in the universe. Professor of chemistry by occupation, Mike was also a loving husband, extraordinary friend, and mentor. Mike never did things in a small way. He burst into life on August 1, 1949, and began a journey of [...]
Dean’s List Recognition Ceremony
The College hosts this ceremony annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students. The Dean’s List is limited to students with a 3.75 or above grade point average each semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must take a minimum of 12 credits of coursework, not including pass/fail credits.
Topics & Research
CSU Teams with Google, Environmental Defense Fund to Measure Methane
For the past year, Google Street View cars roaming Indianapolis, Boston and New York’s Staten Island have captured more than just images. With the help of a Colorado State University team led by Professor Joe von Fischer, the vehicles also measured where and how much methane is leaking from the miles of underground pipelines that deliver natural gas to customers in [...]
Meet the Professor: Farmer Studies Atmospheric Chemistry
Question: What does your typical day look like?
Answer: During the semester, I try to get in early in the morning to prepare for [...]
Colorado State University Professor to Develop Proteins That Could Be Basis for New Cancer and HIV Treatments
Brian McNaughton, a professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology at Colorado State University, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop synthetic proteins that shut down disease-causing components in cells that do not [...]