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.
Homecoming Shines Light on Lasting CSU Ties
This year’s homecoming brings 100 years of reflection – read an in-depth story on the tradition, fresh from CSU Magazine.
Institute of Caribbean Studies Recognizes Computer Science Prof. Robert France
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will in November honor Professor Robert France of computer science with a prestigious Excellence in Science and Technology award. The ICS cites France as a notable Caribbean-American, one who “epitomizes commitment, leadership and unmatched contributions” in science and technology.
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.
Monfort Professor Lecture
Amy Prieto, a CSU chemistry professor, will present a talk entitled “Smaller is faster, but why? A story about hydrogen storage materials.”
Rams for Diversity
Rams for Diversity celebrates the unique history of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and the contributions they bring to the Colorado State University community. Don’t miss a unique opportunity for a [...]
Chemical Biology Program to Bring Dr. Vern Schramm to Speak
In a collaboration between the CNS dean’s office and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Prof. Vern Schramm, an influential researcher in biochemistry, will speak on campus Nov. 6. Schramm’s talk is titled “Enzymatic Transition States, Protein Dynamics and Drug Design.” Schramm, who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007, currently […]
Topics & Research
Monfort Prof Presents Hydrogen Storage Research
Amy Prieto is known for research into building better batteries for electric vehicles. Now, the CSU chemistry professor is tackling another alternative energy problem – storing clean-burning hydrogen fuel.
Protecting the Seeds of the Future
Of the many threats that face our growing world population, the loss of crop diversity and global seed supplies may not be the first to come to mind. Cary Fowler wants to change that. The former executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust wants the public to understand the importance of protecting plant genetic resources.
The Internet: Better, Stronger, Faster
The last time the architecture of the Internet was updated, George H.W. Bush was president and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had just starred in their first movie. Now Colorado State University researchers are working with several universities to fix some of the vexing problems that plague today’s [...]