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.
International Student Naomi Mathew Found her State at CSU
Naomi Mathew is a second-year CSU student from the United Arab Emirates and a biological science major in the Department of Biology.
Program Lets Undergrads Help Teach Classes and Engage Students
A program at CSU is helping undergrads get more involved in the classroom – as students and as instructors. TILT calls it the learning assistant program.
Biology Faculty Member Discusses Science and Philosophy with Dalai Lama
Following up on a recent trip, a biology faculty member returned to India to teach science research method workshops for Tibetan Buddhist monastics and meet the Dalai Lama.
Congratulations to the Fall 2017 College of Natural Sciences Graduates
The college celebrated the graduation of 222 undergraduate students at the fall 2017 commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16.
Topics & Research
Are Amoebae Safe Harbors for Plague?
New CSU research shows that plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis, not only survive, but thrive and replicate once ingested by an amoeba.
Biology Professor Alan Knapp Named Fellow of American Geophysical Union
The designation recognizes Knapp’s lifelong work on grassland ecology and climate change and was presented in December at the organization’s 2017 fall meeting.
CSU Professor A.R. Ravishankara Receives U.N. Scientific Leadership Award
A professor in the departments of chemistry and atmospheric science received a Scientific Leadership award from the United Nations Environment Programme for his lifelong work studying and finding solutions to climate change and ozone layer depletion.
Plague Research Wins Award for CSU Graduate Student
Fundamental questions about one of history’s deadliest diseases, plague, still remain unanswered. And David Markman, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology is working to answer some of those questions.