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.
Education & Outreach Center to Host Multimedia Science Event
Film, piano, violin … and science? The CNS’s Education & Outreach Center will hold its Year of Light Celebration Feb. 16, where guests will take in an excerpt from a new film, hear expert violin and piano performances, and test out the EOC’s new Get Critical science kit.
Live Your Calling – Psychology’s Bryan Dik Shows Us How
Dik, co-founder and chief science officer of jobZology, is an expert in finding purpose and meaning in the workplace. Here’s a recent distillation of his ideas.
Biology Professor Named Leopold Leadership Fellow
A Colorado State University professor has been named a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow and will spend the next two years learning to communicate his research to policymakers, the media and others.
CNS Education & Outreach Center’s Year of Light Celebration
This unique event brings together music, film, lecture, and hands-on science! We will showcase excerpts from a new film and live music recently premiered at the United Nations International Year of Light Opening Ceremonies in Paris.
Art & Science Exhibition: Registration Deadline
The registration deadline for the Art & Science Exhibition is Wednesday, February 18 at midnight. You MUST register on-line before you can submit artwork. Click here for more information.
Topics & Research
Blogging From the Ends of the Earth
The Wormherders have returned to the ice. University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall and her research team are currently in Antarctica for another season studying the soil and the organisms that live in it in the McMurdo Valley.
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.