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.
Alumna Propels Addiction Counselor Program With Gift
The psychology department is poised to offer a powerful new Certified Addiction Counselor II (CAC-II) program, thanks to a generous gift from Laurie Michaels MS ’81, Ph.D. ’83.
Year-End Giving Information: IRA Rollovers and Recent Legislation
Dec. 30 is the last day to submit a gift via credit card to ensure CSU processing in calendar year 2014.
But many alumni and friends might have questions about IRA charitable rollovers.
Donna Merwarth Named Everyday Hero
Donna Merwarth is a Research Associate III in the psychology department. She has been at Colorado State University for 15 years and in her current position for 15 years. She heard about the position through a friend and decided to apply.
Fall 2014 Commencement
Fall 2014 Commencement will be held on December 20th at 1:00 p.m. inside the Moby Arena. Check-in for all graduates is in the Intramural Gym of the Moby Arena starting at 11:30 a.m.
Topics & Research
Study Finds Mixing Genes Helps Guppies Flourish, Not Fail
When faced with a dwindling, in-bred group of animals, wildlife managers have introduced new individuals to try to diversify genetics and revitalize the population.
Adventures in Data Analysis with ISTeC
ISTeC, the Information Science and Technology Center at CSU, invites the campus community to spend the afternoon of Dec. 5 catching up on recent advances in analytical techniques regarding big data, network data and structurally complex data.
CNS a Key Player in New Pact With Local Hospitals
Chemistry Associate Professor Melissa Reynolds has helped spearhead a powerful collaboration between CSU, Poudre Valley Hospital, and the Medical Center of the Rockies – getting important new treatments to patients much faster.