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.
Transforming Medicine with Technology and Teams
The United States spends the most money of any country on health care – a total of $3 trillion, or 18 percent of the total GDP. But, despite all of that spending, neither our health care nor our life […]
Enter the CSU Art & Science Exhibition by Feb. 1
Whether you work in photovoltaics or pastels, performing arts or 3-D printing, your talents are wanted for the annual Colorado State University Art & Science Exhibition. All CSU students, faculty […]
Congratulations, Fall 2016 College of Natural Sciences Graduates
On Saturday, December 17, graduating students and their friends and families braved the snowy roads and single-digit temperatures to celebrate the 2016 fall commencement for the College of […]
First in Neuroscience: Aspiring Researcher is Program’s Frontal Graduate
Like many college freshmen, Dakota Coloroso wasn’t sure what she wanted to study when she came to Colorado State University. She opted for psychology […]
Registration Deadline for Art & Science Exhibition
The deadline for registering to the Art and Science Exhibition is Wednesday, February 1st at midnight. To register, click here.
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
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 […]
International Neutrino Experiment Hands CSU the Remote
The Physics Building hallways were quiet the afternoon of Dec. 19 – but not for graduate student Paul Rojas. Holed up in a first-floor room with 12 flashing computer screens, Rojas spent most of that […]
This is your brain on (legal) cannabis: CSU researchers seek answers
For those suffering depression or anxiety, using cannabis for relief may not be the long-term answer. That’s according to new research from a team at Colorado State University seeking scientific clarity […]