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.
Summer Camp Teaches Middle Schoolers Code, Program Design
Colorado State University hosted its fifth and final Math in Action in Computer Science (MACS) summer camp this June.
College Alumnus Jack Cochran Creates First College Professorship
The faculty are the heart of the College of Natural Sciences, conducting field-leading research and outstanding teaching every day. And thanks to alumnus Jack Cochran, M.D. (biological science, ’68), there is more to support faculty excellence. (more…)
Statistics Department Hosts the 14th Graybill Conference on Statistical Genomics and Genetics
Biology Professor Greg Florant Honored by NIH Group for Minority Researchers
Around campus, Department of Biology Professor Gregory Florant might be best known for his work with marmots and other hibernating mammals in the College of Natural Sciences.
Ram Orientations Ends
Ram Orientation programs are dynamic, student-centered experiences to inspire a purposeful transition into the Ram community. Orientation programs are the first step toward a successful graduation.
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 […]
Topics & Research
Nishimura, Santangelo Named 2017 Boettcher Investigators
Two Colorado State University biomedical researchers, Erin Osborne Nishimura and Kelly Santangelo, have received Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards from the Boettcher Foundation.
CSU Initiates Programs to Study, Help Drug Use Nationwide
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How Math Education Can Catch up to the 21st Century
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Solving Scientific Problems in a Lab with No Microscopes
If data is the language of science, then those who can parse and analyze tomes of that language are essential to scientific discovery.