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.
A Conversation with Three of CSU’s Top Women Faculty
Three of CSU’s top women faculty will participate in a panel discussion hosted by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame on Monday, April 3.
Zookeeping Is Destiny for Carson Jones
Many people don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. Others, like Carson Jones, have always known.
[Open Position] Assistant to the Dean
The College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Office announces an opportunity for an experienced, executive-level administrative professional for the position of Assistant to the Dean. This position will work directly for the Dean to manage the high-level administrative functions of the College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Office, including the Dean’s activities.
Lisa Dysleski Named Associate Dean
The College of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce the promotion of Lisa Dysleski to Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. “It is truly an honor to call this college my professional home,” Dysleski said. “I appreciate […]
Ordering Student Regalia Deadline [Commencement]
Order your cap, gown and tassel in advance online via the commencement homepage and click Get Your Cap & Gown. The deadline for ordering student regalia is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Topics & Research
Google Street View Cars Are Eyes on the Ground for Urban Methane Leaks
A set of Google Street View mapping cars, specially equipped with cutting-edge methane analyzers, are allowing Colorado State University researchers to “see” invisible methane leaks from natural gas lines beneath our streets.
‘Spectacular-Looking’ Endangered Frog Species Discovered in Ecuador’s Cloud Forests
It’s not every day someone gets to say, “I’ve discovered a new species.” It’s a claim that Colorado State University biologist Chris Funk can happily make.
How CSU Chemists Are Helping Us Not Get Food Poisoning
Food poisoning: Many of us have had it, and we won’t soon forget it. Colorado State University chemists are trying to make it so we can avoid it in the first place.
Keeping Cannabis Workers Safe, Healthy and Happy
The legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado launched a booming statewide business – and like any industry, it’s the workers who’ve made it possible.