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 Antarctic Researcher Diana Wall selected for Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
Diana H. Wall, world-renowned ecologist, Antarctic researcher, and University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, has been named one of the 10 inductees to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for 2014.
Richard James Painter
Painter was a member of the CSU mathematics faculty from 1963 through 2011. He was 82 years old at the time of his death.
The Art and Science Exhibition
[Registration Ends December 31st] This exhibition showcases the creative energies of students, faculty, and staff at Colorado State University and exemplifies the common ties between scientific inquiry and artistic practice. This includes artists who use aspects of [...]
Fall 2013 Commencement Ceremony
The College of Natural Sciences Fall 2013 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Moby Arena. More information about the ceremony and a link to live streaming of the event will be placed on our commencement page.
The Art and Science Exhibition Registration Deadline
This exhibition showcases the creative energies of students, faculty, and staff at Colorado State University and exemplifies the common ties between scientific inquiry and artistic practice. This includes artists who use aspects of [...]
CSU/CNS Scholarship Application Deadline
The deadline for all CSUSA online applications is 11:00 p.m. MST on March 1. All applications must be completed by that time. However, all supplemental materials, including transcripts and reference letters, must be received in the CNS Dean’s Office, 117 Statistics Building, 1801 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1801 by 5:00 p.m. on March 1.
Topics & Research
Chinese Academy Taps Professor to Lead Review
Alan K. Knapp, a professor of biology and a senior ecologist with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU, is chairing the review panel, which includes scientists from Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherland, Switzerland and U.S.
Colorado State University Natural Sciences Professors Awarded $1.2 million to Study Epidemic Outbreak
Three Colorado State University professors were recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Long Range Program for a project designed to speed up forecasts of how disease epidemics will spread, allowing public health workers to react to real-time data.
Meet the Professor: CSU’s Peers Seeks to Improve Plant Photosynthesis
A question and answer session with Dr. Peers by the Coloradoan.