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.
Student-Friendly, Research-Savvy New Biology Building Opens Its Doors
This semester, the thousands of students at CSU enrolled in biology courses will have a brand-new home base. The new Biology Building opens its doors Aug. 14, welcoming students, faculty, and staff to a new, inspiring space.
For Total Solar Eclipse, CSU Reaches Out
Midday on Monday, Aug. 21, Fort Collins will dip into a dusky shadow as the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun for a rare, majority solar eclipse.
College of Natural Sciences’ Associate Dean for Research Jim Sites Steps Down to Return to the Physics Department
Assistant to Four Deans, Georgeann Venis Retires from CSU after 30 Years
Whether you wanted to know how many (academic) chairs the physics department has had over the years or how many (physical) chairs were needed for the next College Executive Committee meeting, Georgeann Venis could tell you without missing a beat.
Ram Welcome Begins
Fall 2017 Ram Welcome: Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 All new first-year students are expected to attend Ram Welcome. Build upon Ram Orientation experience and begin a successful adjustment to Colorado State University by exploring academic programs, meeting faculty and staff, learning about the many services available to support your college experience, becoming part […]
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At CyberTruck Challenge, Students Hack a Truck, Steal the Show
Colorado State University computer science students stole the show at a new national event aimed at increasing cybersecurity in transportation industries.
Chemistry Research Building: New Home for Discovery at CSU
Colorado State University now has a state-of-the-art home dedicated to key, dynamic areas of chemistry research: The Chemistry Research Building, which opens Aug. 14.
Salazar’s Vision, Bohemian Gift Combine to Create Conservation Center
Thanks to the vision of former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and support from a significant gift from Bohemian Foundation, CSU is establishing the Salazar Center for North American Conservation.
Extreme Melt Season Leads to Ecosystem Changes in Antarctic Polar Desert
An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade, according to new research.