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.
Tavelli Elementary Students Help Test Little Shop of Physics Experiments on April 17
Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics will test several hands-on experiments and science demonstrations with the help of Tavelli Elementary School students on Thursday, April 17. The practice session starts [...]
2014 Best Teacher Award Winners: Lisa Dysleski
Lisa Dysleski joined the dean’s office as the assistant director of the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community in the summer of 2013. Prior to that, she was a faculty member with a senior teaching appointment in CSU’s Department of Chemistry, teaching general chemistry and serving as the department’s key academic advisor.
Remembering Renowned NMR Chemist Gary Maciel
Professor Emeritus Gary Maciel passed away last week at the age of 79. Prof. Maciel joined Colorado State as a faculty member in 1971 and officially retired from the university in 2011, although he [...]
Soil Ecologist Diana Wall to Talk Climate Change and Life in Antarctica – One of Earth’s Most Extreme Ecosystems
World-renowned soil ecologist and Colorado State University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall will present the next talk in the President’s Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. April 30 in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom on the CSU campus.
The Spring 2014 Commencement for the College of Natural Sciences is to be held on May 17th at 3:30pm in the Moby Arena.
Topics & Research
CSU Researchers Studying Effects of September Floods on Aquatic Ecosystems
Some researchers might be disheartened if half of their monitoring equipment was wiped out by rain and flooding. Not LeRoy Poff, Chris Funk and Boris Kondratieff. The Colorado State University researchers view last September’s historic flooding along Colorado’s Front Range as an opportunity to understand if and how stream [...]
Researchers Studying Sorghum for Bioenergy Project
Colorado State University researchers are aiding the U.S. government in its quest to develop non-food crops that can be converted in bioenergy. Anireddy Reddy, professor of Biology, recently received a $1.38 million federal grant to study [...]
CSU Adds New High-Resolution Electron Microscope
By the end of April, Amy Prieto and her students will no longer have to drive to the Colorado School of Mines to analyze their nanomaterial samples with a specialized microscope. Instead, the Colorado State University professor and her team will walk down a flight of stairs and use a new $1.9 million high-resolution transmission electron microscope.