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.
CSU Alum Helps Sequence Ancient and Massive Redwood Tree Genome
After years of gazing up at redwoods, one of the largest living things, biology alumnus Zane Moore now spends his time looking down through a microscope at one of their smallest components.
Arithmetic of Curves, Network for Women In Number Theory Earn Rachel Pries National Honor
A passion for the fundamental theory of numbers has propelled Rachel Pries, professor in the Department of Mathematics, to the title of Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
Provost’s Council on Engagement Spotlight: Meena Balgopal
Associate Professor of Biology Meena Balgopal’s research focuses on how people make meaning of natural science concepts, informing educators and students in support of better learning.
Nobel Laureate Albert Fert to Speak at CSU Nov. 13
Nobel Laureate and influential scientist Albert Fert will deliver a free public lecture at CSU, 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the LSC Grand Ballroom.
Smarter, Faster, Better: Data Visuals and Analysis using JMP – Free Campus Workshop
Come and see how to use JMP for data summary, visualization and analysis.
Topics & Research
CSU Grad Student Researches Plague Vaccine to Protect Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets
Biology graduate student Debbie McCuen hopes her research will give the endangered black-footed ferret a fighting chance against plague.
Not So Different After All: Human Cells, Hardy Microbes Share Common Ancestor
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CSU’s Diana Wall Inducted into California Academy of Sciences
CSU Professor Teaches Biology to Monks in India
CSU Associate Professor of Biology Meena Balgopal spent part of her summer teaching biology to Buddhist monks in India–and learning about teaching from them.