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.
Fall Commencement Ceremonies
CSU expects to confer degrees on nearly 1,900 graduates during Fall 2017 commencement ceremonies. The College of Natural Sciences’ ceremony will be Dec. 16 at Moby Arena. Alumnus Dr. Brent Keeler will be the speaker.
Physics Professor Speaks at World’s Largest Photovoltaic Conference
Physics Professor and former Associate Dean for Research Jim Sites has been busy promoting CSU’s solar energy innovations around the world.
2017 Professor Laureate Lecture and Teaching and Mentoring Awards: Dec. 1
The college will celebrate the achievements of its faculty and staff at the fall 2017 Professor Laureate Lecture and Teaching & Mentoring Awards at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom.
CSU Alum Helps Sequence Ancient and Massive Redwood Tree Genome
After years of gazing up at redwoods, one of the largest living things, biology alumnus Zane Moore now spends his time looking down through a microscope at one of their smallest components.
Fall 2017 Commencement – College of Natural Sciences
Celebrate the graduation of the fall class of 2017 from the College of Natural Sciences: Moby Arena, 6 p.m. Alumnus Dr. Brent Keeler will share his insights as this semester’s commencement speaker.
Topics & Research
Sustainable Dams – Are They Possible? CSU Expert Weighs In
N. LeRoy Poff, professor of biology, studies the ecological impact to rivers from human-caused changes, such as dam building, and how these modified river systems can be managed for resilience.
Bringing Chemistry HOME with $1.1 Million Sloan Foundation Grant
An unprecedented scientific inquiry into the chemistry of the indoor environment is being launched by CSU researchers. Delphine Farmer, associate professor of chemistry, is co-leading the project.
Undergrad Presents Research at International Psychology Meeting
Undergraduate Karen Gilbert uses psychology for a lot of things: to figure out priorities and goals, to study effectively – and to find the best way up a climbing wall.
GRANT AWARD: Next-Generation Biofuels with Modified Algae
The aim of this project is to increase oil, or lipid production, which will enable next-generation biofuels and bioproducts. The scientists will work to optimize metabolic networks in photosynthetic microalgae called diatoms.