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.
Scientist to Present on Psychological Slant Of “Just About Anything Newsworthy”
If you have ever been curious psychological research and its role in everyday life, then you might want to attend an upcoming […]
CSU Senior Named Regional Student Employee of the Year
An aspiring veterinarian working closely with people whose pets have cancer is Colorado State University’s 2015 student employee of the year and has received similar honors at state […]
Allie Keller: In Science, Community is Crucial
Last year, the opening of the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community marked the beginning of a new era of community development and student support. Now the CNS has […]
Chair of the Department of Physics Position
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department Chair serves as chief administrative officer of the department and is appointed by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. With the aid […]
Weather and Science Day
In 2014, Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics team put on a show with the Colorado Rockies and the weather folks from 9News that will be certified as the World’s Largest Physics Lesson. How do we top this? By making the event even […]
CNS Teaching & Mentoring Award Ceremony and Laureate Lecture
2015 Professor Laureate, Debbie C. Crans (Department of Chemistry) will be giving her lecture, “Heavy Metal: Not Just Another Dance with Vanadium” at 4:45 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom, LSC.
5th Annual Science Trivia Challenge
The 5th Annual Science Trivia Challenge will be held on Wednesday, April 29th at 5:00 p.m. in 131 Piñon. Registration is required.
Psychological Science is Important
If you have ever been curious psychological research and its role in everyday life, then you might want to attend an upcoming presentation by Alan Kraut. Kraut, who has more than 30 years of experience as a scientist, is the founding executive director of the Association […]
Topics & Research
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.
Detecting an Ebola Infection Early – with Math
One of the many problems health officials have faced during the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Africa is early diagnosis of the deadly disease. Current blood tests only detect Ebola once […]
Wildlife Students Immersed in Ecosystems of Baja California
Helping a new generation of sea turtles safely leave the shores of the Baja California Sur was part of a transformative experience for 18 CSU students over winter break. The new […]
Chemistry Graduate Students Win Top Honors in University-wide Graduate Research and Creativity Showcase
Colorado State University held the first annual campus-wide Graduate Showcase (Grad Show) on February 25, […]