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.
Distinguished Mathematics Professor Maria Chudnovsky to Give Public Lecture at CSU
World-renowned mathematician Maria Chudnovsky, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, will give a free public lecture about her work on graph theory at CSU Oct. 23.
Karolin Luger to Deliver Public Genetics Lecture at CSU October 18
Renowned molecular biologist Karolin Luger will speak about her research into the structure of the genome at this year’s Murray Honors Visiting Scholar lecture, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the LSC Ballroom.
[Open Position] – Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry – Internal Search
Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry. The College of Natural Sciences invites applications for Chair of the department of Chemistry. The appointment will begin on or about July 1, 2018.
CSU’s Psychological Services Center Provides Personalized Career Advice
Murray Honors Visiting Scholar Series Presents Karolin Luger
Join us for this year’s Murray Honors Visiting Scholar Public Lecture: “All Wound Up and Ready to Go: Packaging Old and New Genomes”
Virtual Reality Hackathon
Participants in this 48-hour event will work in teams throughout the weekend to create a virtual reality experience. Submissions should consider the question, “How can immersive technology transform how we learn and connect with our community at CSU?”
Chemistry Spooktacular Halloween Show
The CSU Chemistry Outreach Group and Department of Chemistry are hosting their annual Halloween show, which provides a free, family-friendly place to trick-or-treat and learn about science.
Topics & Research
CSU Annual Research Spending Tops $338 Million
CSU generated $338.4 million in research expenditures last year, which affirms the University’s research prowess in the face of downward trends in national research support.
Advancing Algae for Better Biofuels: CSU Shares in $3.5 Million Project
CSU scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made.
CSU Biology Professor Investigates Plant Genomes with Two New Grants
Studying the causes and effects of mitochondria and chloroplast misconduct is the theme of two research grants recently awarded to CSU Assistant Professor of Biology Dan Sloan.
Biology Associate Professor Will Study Leopard Seals in Antarctica with NSF Grant
As a kid, Shane Kanatous dreamed of becoming the next Jacques Cousteau. The NSF recently awarded Kanatous a grant to study the feeding habits and physiology of leopard seals, one of Antarctica’s top marine predators.