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.
Summertime Standouts: College of Natural Sciences
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Biology Dives Deep at CSU’s Todos Santos Center in Mexico
Although Colorado State University students experience the wilds of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains regularly, studying whales, sea turtles, and marine fish in the […]
CSU Says ‘Thank You’ to Chemistry Research Building Crew, State of Colorado
The construction and design teams hard at work on CSU’s new Chemistry Research Building, along with the people who will soon occupy it, hit pause Friday […]
Biology’s Diana Wall Named to British Ecological Society
This year, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall joins the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Edward O. Wilson, and other scientific luminaries as an Honorary […]
President’s Fall Address and University Picnic
Join us for the President’s Fall Address and University Picnic held annually for the President to deliver the “State of the University” address to faculty, staff, and students. Immediately following the address is the annual all-University picnic, a free event celebrating and promoting the spirit of CSU.
University Holiday – Labor Day
No classes will be held and all university offices will be closed on Labor Day, September 5th.
Registration Closes for Most Courses
Last day to drop courses without record entry, to change grading option, and for tuition and fee adjustment. After this date, a Late Registration Change Request Form must be submitted in order to add a course. These forms must be obtained from the professor.
Course Withdrawal Period Ends
Students may withdraw from courses on RAMweb up until 11:59 pm on this day.
Topics & Research
New Center Aims to Improve Learning Through Analytics
Imagine if, just two weeks into a college course, faculty could identify the students most likely to struggle academically, and in what areas. Next, picture the instructor giving those students feedback […]
Neutrinos, Ever Bizarre, Enjoy the Spotlight
Buzzing through space, through our bodies, virtually everywhere, are billions upon billions of neutrinos. Behind only photons as the most abundant fundamental particle in the universe, neutrinos are enjoying […]
Biochemists Feed ‘Poison Pill’ to Deadly Virus with a Funny Name
It has a funny name – coxsackievirus – but there’s nothing funny about how this tiny germ and its close relatives sicken their hosts. Colorado State University researchers led by Olve Peersen, a […]
Calculus I Factors Women Out of STEM Degrees, Researchers Find
It’s no secret that Calculus I is a major hurdle in the quest for a science degree. But, according to a new paper by Colorado State University researchers, the class is far more likely to discourage women than […]