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.
Science Junkies: At Little Shop of Physics, Everything is DIY
It’s build day for Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics, and there’s a whole lot of tinkering and experimenting going on. Students and LSOP staff, many clad in their […]
Chemistry Professor Awarded Prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
Amber Krummel, an assistant professor of chemistry at Colorado State University, has been named a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship recipient by the Alfred P. […]
The Passing of Robert France, Professor of Computer Science
The College of Natural Sciences has lost a brilliant mind and a kind heart. Robert France, a beloved member of the computer science department, passed away on the night of Feb. 15 after a […]
New Biology Building
We are pleased to announce that, in April 2014, students at Colorado State University approved a facilities fee increase that will provide $57M of the estimated $81M needed to build a brand-new biology building to open by […]
Art & Science Exhibition: Opening Reception
The opening of the Art & Science Exhibition is Tuesday, March 3 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The winners will be announced at 6:00 pm.
Celebration of Life for Robert France
The on-campus Celebration of Life for Robert France will be on Friday, March 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the University Club/Cherokee Park Room.
Topics & Research
Rats! Study Finds in East Africa, More Farmland Means More Plague-Infested Rodents
In recent decades, large swaths of East Africa’s wild, untouched lands have given way to fields of maize and other food crops in an effort to help feed the region’s […]
The Economist Covers Study by CSU Biologist Katie Langin
ONE of the first insights into the origin of species was the case of Darwin’s finches. Actually, they are not finches, but members of another avian group, the tanagers. But the pertinent point is […]
Science Magazine Taps Prof. June Medford for Perspective on Synthetic Biology
Professor June Medford and colleage Dr. Ashok Prasad (Chemical and Biological Engineering) published a perspective article on the burgeoning field of […]
CSU Joins the NOvA Collaboration
In February, 2015 CSU was admitted into the NOvA Collaboration. Prof. Norm Buchanan, along with postdoctoral fellow Shih-Kai Lin, and graduate student Matt Judah are now members of the Fermilab-based long-baseline neutrino […]