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.
Pulsars, Flickers and Cosmic Flashes
Duncan Lorimer, professor of physics and astronomy at West Virginia University, will deliver two lectures, May 4 and 5, as part of the ISTeC Distinguished Lecture series, presented in […]
Little Shop of Physics Wows at Weather and Science Day
More than 12,000 Denver-area students learned about the science of baseball and weather phenomenon at Weather and Science Day at Coors […]
Emeritus Breakfast 2015: A Time of Recognition
In early April, many of the CNS’s current and emeritus faculty members came together for a breakfast – and, more importantly, a chance to recognize the important roles our former leaders play and the many ways they enrich the college.
CNS Committee Addresses Gender Equity
The Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty (SCSWF) was established in 2014 as a part of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity. It was […]
Final Examinations Begin
Finals for the Spring Semester 2015 semester start on Monday, May 11th.
Spring 2015 Commencement
The Spring 2015 Commencement for the College of Natural Sciences is to be held on May 16th at 8:00 a.m. in the Moby Arena. Check-in for all graduates is in the Intramural Gym of the Moby Arena starting at 6:30 a.m.
Topics & Research
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.
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 […]