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.
CSU Part of Smithsonian’s ‘Places of Invention’ Exhibit
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New Institute for Genome Architecture and Function
The new Colorado State University Institute for Genome Architecture and Function was established in February 2015. It is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research […]
Mark Bradley and Carmen Menoni Awarded Three-Year $500,000 Grant From NSF
Carmen Menoni (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mark Bradley (Physics) have been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant by the […]
UDP Diana Wall Receives 2015 Ulysses Medal
Diana H. Wall, University Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University, has been awarded the University […]
Annual CNS Family Picnic [RSVP]
Please join us for the College of Natural Sciences 9th Annual Picnic! Food provided includes Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce on a bun, Pulled Chicken, Veggie Burgers with all the Fixings, Potato […]
Topics & Research
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Work on Drug Efficacy Earns Montgomery Early-Career Award
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CSU and Ecuador: Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry on Two Continents
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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 […]