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.
Flip it, Click It, Write It, See It
Until a few years ago, Paul Laybourn was a self-described “standard” university professor – running a lab, giving lectures, publishing research. Somewhere along the way, he decided he could make a bigger impact in the classroom. Laybourn, […]
Computer Science is for Everyone
Chris Wilcox left a comfortable career in the tech industry to go back to school. Why? To get a Ph.D. – “purely because I wanted to get involved in teaching,” he explained. Wilcox is now a special assistant professor in the CSU […]
Celebration of Life for Warren Garst, Wildlife Photographer
A celebration of the life of renowned wildlife photographer Warren Garst will be held Friday, Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m., on the third floor of Morgan Library at Colorado State University. The campus and […]
Asteroid Named for Retiring Astronomy Professor, Roger Culver
Professor of Physics Roger Culver has retired after a half-century of astronomy teaching and research at Colorado State University. Along the way, he has inspired thousands of students, contributed […]
Homecoming & Family Weekend
Alumni, families, community members, and visitors are invited to Homecoming & Family Weekend, the time of year where we all come together to celebrate the past, present, and future of Colorado State University.
Course Withdrawal Period Ends
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[RSVP] Dean’s List Recognition Ceremony
The College hosts this ceremony annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students. The Dean’s List is limited to students with a 3.75 or above grade point average each semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must take a minimum of 12 credits of coursework, not including pass/fail credits.
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Topics & Research
Leading into the Future
As part of his commitment to move Colorado State University forward in all its dimensions, President Tony Frank has set a goal that CSU will become the best university in the country for women to work and study. The University’s leadership […]
Department of Energy Supports New Solar Cell Design
Colorado State University researchers James Sites in the Department of Physics and W.S. Sampath in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have received a $900,000, four-year award from […]
Billion-Dollar Hack – or Not? A New Approach to Calculating True Cost of Security Breaches
During the holiday shopping season a few years ago, Target’s systems were hacked, compromising credit and debit card data of some 40 million customers […]
Making the Switch, This Time with an Insulator
The growing field of spin electronics – spintronics – tells us that electrons spin like a top, carry angular momentum, and can be controlled as units of power, free of conventional electric current […]