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.
Take a Tour of the New CSU Biology Building [VIDEO]
Learn more about this new addition to CSU’s campus from Chair of the Department of Biology Professor Mike Antolin.
Biological Science Major Learns About Bears, Career Goals During Summer Internship
During this biological science major’s summer internship, she learned how to care for wild animals and worked closely with bears – often close enough to touch.
Grand Opening of New Buildings: October 12
College of Natural Sciences Names Melissa Reynolds New Associate Dean for Research
The College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University announces the appointment of Associate Professor in Department of Chemistry Melissa Reynolds as the college’s new associate dean for research.
Grand Opening Ceremony: Chemistry Research and Biology Buildings
Join us for brief remarks at 1:45 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of the new Biology Building and Chemistry Research Building, followed by guided tours of each building.
Virtual Reality Hackathon
Participants in this 48-hour event will work in teams throughout the weekend to create a virtual reality experience. Submissions should consider the question, “How can immersive technology transform how we learn and connect with our community at CSU?”
Graduate Student Showcases
Join us for a mingling of minds designed to further spark innovation and encourage collaboration. We anticipate that more than 300 Graduate students from around 90 graduate programs will showcase their research, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Topics & Research
Biology Associate Professor Will Study Leopard Seals in Antarctica with NSF Grant
As a kid, Shane Kanatous dreamed of becoming the next Jacques Cousteau. The NSF recently awarded Kanatous a grant to study the feeding habits and physiology of leopard seals, one of Antarctica’s top marine predators.
CSU Faculty Win American Psychological Association Awards
Tracking Drives Innovation in Animal Movement Analysis
Mevin Hooten, associate professor in the departments of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and Statistics, was a guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics on animal movement modeling.
Education and Outreach Center Brings Glacier Science Into the Classroom
Some scientific fields lend themselves well to in-class activities. Glacier monitoring is not one of those fields. But the EOC traveled to Alaska this summer to adapt real glacier science for classrooms all over the country.