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.
Alliance Crosses State Lines to Expand Opportunities for Students in STEM
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Hundreds of High School Students Factor Up a Fury on Math Day
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Dean Infuses Old Fund with New Purpose
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Elements 2016: College of Natural Sciences Magazine
Read the full issue, featuring department updates, latest news, and features on diversifying the sciences and the role of technology in health care.
Fall 2016 Commencement
Check-in for all graduates is in the Intramural Gym of the Moby Arena starting at 11:30 a.m. You must be checked in and lined up under the department sign for your major no later than 12:30 p.m. At check in, you will […]
Registration Deadline for Art & Science Exhibition
The deadline for registering to the Art and Science Exhibition is Wednesday, February 1st at midnight. To register, click here.
Topics & Research
CSU Researchers Maximize Research Through New NIH Grants
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, created a new way of funding science in 2015 that allows researchers the freedom to take on ambitious […]
Antolin, Menoni Named Fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science
Two Colorado State University faculty members, Michael Antolin and Carmen Menoni, have been elected fellows of the American Association for […]
Diversifying the Sciences, for the Sake of Science
When Chris Wilcox, a special assistant professor in computer science at Colorado State University, first looked out over his sophomore-level course, he noticed something striking: only about […]
On the Hunt for Quantum Entanglement, Physicist Wins International Honors
Kate Ross has been captivated by the odd behaviors of electrons ever since high school. This curiosity quickly became a gateway to the wonders of […]