The Natural Sciences College Council is a student organization composed of representatives from each academic department in the College of Natural Sciences and senators from ASCSU. The representatives are undergraduate students who have either been selected or volunteered from their respective department to promote activities within the College.

The Council advises the Dean’s office by offering opinions to new policies and procedures. The Council also spends the student technology fee each year on projects aimed to benefit undergraduate classrooms, labs, and computer workrooms. The members of the Council spent over $600,000 last year to benefit undergraduate technology in the College!

Interested in the Council? Contact the Council for more information.

Have questions about Spring 2021? Visit the FAQ below.

Spring 2021

Meeting Schedule:

Current Members


Hannah Knox, Secretary/Treasurer

My name is Hannah Knox. I am majoring in Zoology and History. I am representing the Biology department. I enjoy fostering kittens though the Animal Rescue of the Rockies! Currently, I’m fostering two sisters (Mimi and Pollie), one of which had a major eye infection when I got her. After daily medication, she’s doing much better! My favorite branch of history is American history, specifically colonial to Civil War era!

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Hunter Ogg, President

My name is Hunter Ogg. I am majoring in Biochemistry and Data Science and represent the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department undergraduates. I do research on fluorescent microscopy and translational dynamics in the Stasevich lab and my favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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Taylor Sullivan

My name is Taylor Sullivan, and I am a general psychology major here at CSU. I am very excited to be a part of the student council representing the psychology department. I spend most of my free time doing research here at CSU. When I do find some time for myself, I like to cook as well as find new TV shows to watch. Currently, my favorite food is Pho, and my favorite TV show is Killing Eve.

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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Anna Parry

My name is Anna Parry and I am majoring in Biochemistry. I am representing the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department. In my free time, I love to cook and bake, and my favorite ice cream is black raspberry chip!

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Lijia (Claudia) Cao

My name is Claudia (Lijia Cao) and I am majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I am representing Psychology (Psi Chi) department. I am working an NGO talking about environmental justice. My favorite thing to do is, watch baseball games!

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Nancy Negrete Contreras

My name Nancy Negrete Contreras and majoring in ACS Certified Chemistry. I am representing the Chemistry department. I am involved with research in Dr. Reynold’s lab. We are examining the effect of MOF loading, particle size, and membrane thickness on NO release. I am also really interested in cosmetic chemistry, which is what I would eventually like to work on in the future. In my free time I like to go hiking, paint and spend time with my family and friends. My favorite book is A thousand Splendid Suns and my favorite movie is The Pursuit of Happiness.

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Renato Rubio, Vice-President

My name is Renato Rubio and I am majoring in Physics with a minor in Math. I am representing the Physics department. In my free time I like to work on cars, specifically rebuilding engines. My favorite books are Schaum’s Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables, and “Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman”.

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Naeco Pasternak

My name is Naeco Pasternak and I am majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. I am representing the Mathematics department. In my free time, I enjoy reading and practicing music. My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

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College Outreach

Frequently Asked Questions – Spring 2021

Students can find the format of a course under the “Instructional Method” line of the “Class Details” section of the class. Courses which are online will have the building listed as “Online”. Classes with both components are hybrid classes and students are expected to participate fully in both components unless they have arranged for an alternate accommodation.

If there is no section of a class listed in the preferred format (online, face to face, hybrid), the class will not be offered in that format.

To discuss potential learning accommodations, contact the Student Disability Center. You can also connect with your advisor to explore changing your schedule to all online courses. Other options are to work with the department chair to find a class that can substitute and fulfill requirements for your degree, or take a class online through CSU Onlineor CSU Global.

Courses which are listed as hybrid courses in RamWeb should be expected to have significant in-person components.

Classes which have no listed meeting times are asynchronous. Students should expect to be able to take these courses at the times most convenient for them.

Classes which list additional days/times outside of the normal meeting times typically use these times for exams. Students should expect to be available during these times.

Students under 60 credit hours, in specific majors, or under academic probation may have a registration hold which requires them enter a code before they can register. This code can be obtained from their advisors.

If a class has mandatory in-person components, students are expected to be able to attend these components at the times and locations they have registered for. If students are unable to attend these components consistently for any reason, they should not plan to take the course (unless they have agreed upon accommodations).

  1. 1 credit hour is equivalent to approximately 1 hour of lecture or recitation or 3 hours of laboratory per week (in addition to study time).
  2. However, many classes are adding additional synchronous interaction in addition to the normal lecturing content so this may increase the expectation of classes with lecture/recitation components. Due to this and the increased difficulty of the online format for students and instructors, some activities will take more time than in previous semesters and students should be aware of this when choosing the amount of credits they will register for.
  • For laboratory classes with the prefix AA, MATH, or PH, students should expect to attend their labs in person every period for the specified amount of time. The labs will be shorter than labs in “normal” years.
  • For laboratory classes with the prefix BC, BZ, CHEM, or LIFE, students should expect to attend their lab in person every other period for the full lab period and complete online assignments for the periods they are not supposed to attend in person. The labs will be the same length as in “normal” semesters, but the students will have fewer sessions than in those years.
  • For laboratory classes with the prefix CS, students should expect to attend their lab every period in person, with the option to complete an online assignment instead.
  • For laboratory classes with the prefix PSY, the format will vary between courses. Some are completely online, some are hybrid, and some have multiple formats of which the student may select the format that works best for them.
  • Be aware that these are general guidelines and may not apply for all upper division (300 and 400 level) classes within a student’s major.
  • Math classes taken through the PACE Program (MATH 117, 118, 124, and 125) are classes offered completely through an online program without lecture or interaction with an instructor. Students may work ahead of deadlines and complete the class early but must not fall behind the deadlines given.
    • Students may test out of these courses with either the math placement test or satisfactory AP/IB/college credit.
  • CHEM Prep is a similar online program intended to ensure students have the math experience necessary for CHEM 111. Either it or CHEM 105 must be completed before students can take CHEM 111. Students must complete CHEM Prep before the first day of the semester in which they plan to take CHEM 111.
    • CHEM 105 is a half-semester course intended to provide a foundation for students who may have difficulty with CHEM 111. It cannot be taken concurrently with CHEM 111.
  • Tutoring is currently being offered by CSU in an online format.
  • The majority of tutoring is for introductory courses that are offered to students from majors outside of the subject area.
  • TILT offers general tutoring in many courses including math, physics, biology, and chemistry courses.
    • These are offered as group study sessions led by an experienced student who has already taken the course.
  • PACE Center
    • The PACE center offers help and a location to work the introductory math classes that are part of the PACE program.
  • The Calculus Center offers tutoring for calculus courses.
    • These are offered as one-on-one help with graduate students who teach calculus courses.
  • The CLeRC offers tutoring for chemistry courses.
    • Students can register for a canvas page with CLeRC information and scheduling using the following link:
  • Statistics Success Center offers tutoring for introductory statistics courses.
    • Tutoring is offered by instructors, graduate students, and undergraduate majors in a one-on-one format.
  • A student wants to maintain a competitive GPA for graduate schools or scholarships.
  • The grade for the course is below the student’s cumulative GPA.
  • The course is not an important course in my major.
  • A student does not need a minimum of greater than a C for future courses for which the current course is a prerequisite.
  • A student has missed the deadline for late course withdrawal and does not want a failed course to be included in their GPA.

Students can choose to take individual classes in the pass/fail format (with instructor approval), but must do so within the first two weeks of the semester. This option may not be used for classes required for a student’s minor/major.

Repeat delete

Students who retake a course in which they had previously received a grade they were not satisfied with may choose to remove the grade from GPA calculations if they take the class again. This may occur for a maximum of 12 credit hours over the course of the student’s degree.

Yes, as long as students are given adequate notice and a window to take the exam (e.g. from 8 am to 8 pm).

A student has failed a course and does not want to list the failed course on their transcript. Typically, a grade of W is preferred to a grade of U.

  • Changes to course grading criteria would lower a student below full-time status while they have scholarships/financial aid which require them to be enrolled full-time. For CSU, this is 12 credit hours in the semester.
  • A student is planning to attend a graduate, veterinary, or medical school which requires the class as a prerequisite and does not accept S/U grades for the required curriculum.
  • A student has a grade in the course which is larger than their current GPA.
  • A student has received a grade of D in the course but wishes to still receive credit for the course.
  • Students may request S/U grading through RAMweb
  • Students must request withdrawal through the Office of the Registrar.
  • Students should not change capstone courses (AUCC 4C) to the S/U format. Depending on the student’s major and concentration, the capstone course formats include senior thesis, senior seminar, field placement, a capstone project, Ecology, Advanced Physics Laboratory, History of Mathematics, Advanced Calculus 1, Abstract Algebra 1, or Statistical Research Methods.
  • Students should not use S/U grading for classes required for entry into a competitive major. This includes LIFE102 and CHEM111 for Biomedical Sciences, CS163,164 and 165 and MATH160 for Computer Science, and MATH160, CHEM111, and PH141 for Engineering majors.
  • Students are free to use S/U grading for classes outside of their major/minor if it does not impact other factors such as financial aid.
    • This applies to AUCCs 1A, 1B, 2A, and 3A-E, provided they are not a part of the major’s core curriculum.
    • This includes courses which are required for many majors, but do not relate to the core content of the major (such as Calculus 1 and Biostatistics for Zoology majors or Physics 1 and 2 for Biochemistry majors).
  • Students should not use S/U grading for classes that are required for graduate, medical, or veterinary programs unless their desired programs state otherwise. Students should consult with their advisors to determine exact requirements for institutions they will be applying to.
    • Common veterinary school requirements include 1 to 2 semesters of general chemistry, 1 to 2 semesters of organic chemistry, 1 semester of mathematics, 1 semester of biochemistry,
    • Common medical school prerequisites include 2 semesters of chemistry, 2 semesters of general biology, 1 semester of calculus, 2 semesters of physics, 1 semester of statistics, and 2 semesters of composition.
  • Students should not choose to use S/U grading if they receive a D in a course but want credit for that course.
  • This can impact scholarships if students no longer meet the minimum of graded coursework to qualify. For example, a student with scholarships that require them to be a full time student would be impacted if dropped below 12 credit hours of courses with traditional grading. Students should carefully check the requirements of their scholarships or contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
  • Students with financial aid can be impacted if their status as a full-time or half-time changes. They should contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
  • Students utilizing the GI Bill will be impacted if they drop below 12 graded credit hours for full-time students or below 6 credit hours for half-time students.

Students may choose to Repeat Delete a course if this is the first time they have taken the course. They will repeat the course during the next semester and be able to remove the original course from GPA calculations.