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.
Updates from the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty
The Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty (SCSWF) has summarized its work since its formation last September by Tony Frank.
Harold Harrington’s Legacy as Curator of the Colorado State University Herbarium
Harold David (H.D.) Harrington developed his deep love of and respect for plants during his childhood on a farm. He was born in De Motte […]
Chemical Bonds: Alumnus Creates Nancy E. Levinger Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Kyle Kung ’96 has created the Nancy E. Levinger Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Chemistry to recognize, and create, life-changing mentorship.
Triunfo Mentoring Program Celebrates 25 Years
The smell of a dozen pizzas fills a classroom in the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, while yellow school buses sit parked outside the windows. Students from Harris, Laurel, […]
Bike to Work Day
Every June, Colorado celebrates Bike Month and here in Fort Collins, we love anything that highlights and promotes people who ride bicycles. Our signature event is Bike to Work Day. Fort Collins’ Bike to Work Day is a biannual event to encourage people to bicycle for transportation, experience the benefits of riding a bike, highlight […]
Topics & Research
New Graduate Program Tackling “Big Data”
Colorado State University is launching a new program to train graduate students in variety of scientific fields to sift through and make sense of complex biological data. CSU recently received […]
A New Internet for the New Millenium
The last time the architecture of the Internet was updated, George H.W. Bush was president and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had just starred in their first movie. Now Colorado […]
Statistics Professor Serving as PI on Investigation of Extreme Weather Events
Statistics Professor Dan Cooley is currently serving as PI for a collaborative project investigating extreme weather changes, like floods […]
Toad-ally Cool: Herpetology Class Featured in The Collegian
A sophomore zoology student takes us into a class on the study of reptiles and amphibians – and it makes for an interesting glimpse at the student experience.