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.
Janice Nerger Named 2016 International Woman of Vision and Colorado Woman of Vision
Janice Nerger, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University, has been named the 2016 “Dr. Joan King International […]
College of Natural Sciences Reports Record-Breaking Fundraising Year
College of Natural Sciences’ alumni, friends, and others gave more than $9.8M in private funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, supporting the students and faculty that are central to […]
OVPR Announces Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce the designation of 21 Programs of Research & Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) for fiscal years 2017-2020. “These […]
Psychology’s Evelinn Borrayo Appointed to State Board of Health
Evelinn Borrayo, professor of psychology in the College of Natural Sciences, has been appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to a three-year term on the State Board of Health. Borrayo […]
Young Talent in Colorado and Beyond 2016
Two-day symposium celebrating the young talent in Colorado and neighboring states supported by the Colorado ACS Local Section and CSU. The symposium is open to assistant professors, postdoctoral […]
CNS Ram Welcome
All new first-year students are expected to attend Ram Welcome. Build upon your Ram Orientation experience and begin your successful adjustment to Colorado State University by exploring academic programs, meeting faculty and staff, learning […]
Topics & Research
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 […]
As Wildfire Season Heats up, CSU Experts Push for National Smoke Warning System
We have warnings for high ozone levels, for floods and tornados. But there is one major natural disaster-related risk that is easily trackable but has been silent so […]
For Tropical Mayflies, Mountain Passes Are Higher Indeed
In tropical climes, animals and plants aren’t adapted to surviving freezing temperatures – and why would they be? It’s never all that cold near the Equator, even at altitude […]