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.
Two College of Natural Sciences Undergraduates Win NSF Fellowships
This year two undergraduates from the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University, Mitchell Bordelon and Jill Gerberich, won prestigious […]
College of Natural Science Celebrates Faculty Milestones—50 years and beyond!
In April Colorado State University honored faculty and staff across campus who have been with the University for a decade or more at the “Celebrate! […]
Ten Chemistry Scholarships Created by Michael Smith
Ten new full-tuition undergraduate scholarships for the Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Chemistry have been created thanks to a generous […]
Emeritus and Retired Faculty Breakfast 2016: Memories, Celebration and Growth
This April, members of the College of Natural Sciences community joined together in celebration of the College’s emeritus and retired faculty […]
Spring 2016 Commencement
The Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. Check-in for all graduates is in the Intramural Gym of the Moby Arena starting at 6:30 a.m.
Small Fish, Big Questions (The CSU Guppy Group)
Guppies you see at the pet store come in a wide variety of colors and fin shapes. In this hands-on event, we will compare pet store guppies to guppies from high and low store guppies to guppies from high […]
Spring Grades Available on RAMweb
Grades for spring courses will be available on RAMweb on Wednesday, May 18th.
Topics & Research
Bats Are Fly, Here’s Why: CSU Researchers Study Disease Killing Millions of Bats in U.S.
Researchers at Colorado State University believe that bats play an invaluable role in our ecosystems — a role that is being seriously threatened. Colleen […]
The Light Stuff: A Brand-New Way to Produce Electron Spin Currents
With apologies to Isaac Asimov, the most exciting phase to hear in science isn’t “Eureka,” but “That’s funny…” A “that’s funny” moment in a Colorado State University physics […]
Google Blog Features CSU Biologist Joe Von Fischer’s Methane-Mapping Project
Joe von Fischer, associate professor of biology in the College of Natural Sciences, is featured in an April 14 Google blog post about his methane-mapping […]
Island Foxes May Need Genetic Rescue
The island fox has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction, with three of six populations on their way to becoming the fastest mammal recovered under the Endangered […]