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.
Matthew Shores Named New Chair of Department of Chemistry
Fishing for Information Without Drowning: Monfort Professor to Discuss Data Streams
Associate Professor Shrideep Pallickara will discuss technology to process the continuous flow of data during his Monfort Professor Lecture, March 1, 4-5 p.m. in A202 Clark: “Data streams: How to wade into the current, fish for information, and not drown.”
First Data Science Major in the Region Launched by CSU
To help the world meet an ever-increasing need and to help shape the data-driven future, the college is launching a new major in data science, starting fall 2018. The program is the first of its kind in the entire Rocky Mountain region.
Astronomy Club Captures Glimpse of SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket
Completely by accident, the Colorado State Astronomy Club got a clear-as-day view of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, launched to worldwide fanfare Feb. 6.
Topics & Research
Déjà Vu and Feelings of Prediction: They’re Just Feelings
Building on previous experiments, cognitive psychologist Anne Cleary has now shown that the prescient feeling that sometimes accompanies déjà vu is just that – a feeling.
Physicist Kate Ross Wins 2018 Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize
Colorado State University Assistant Professor of Physics Kate Ross has been awarded the Oxford Instruments 2018 Lee Osheroff Richardson (LOR) Science Prize for North and South America.
Norwegian Crab Fishing Study Hooks CSU Bioinformatics Researcher
The issue of the red king crab in Norwegian waters is a spiny one. That is why the Norwegian government is funding new research, conducted in part by CSU Professor of Biology Don Mykles.
Climate Change, Evolution, and What Happens When Researchers Are also Friends
A group of CSU graduate students addresses how climate change is affecting the evolution of organisms in a new paper in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.