Department of Biology Resources + Information:

Main Office Contact Information: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm: or 970-491-7011

In-person Office Hours Summer: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Melinda Smith leads CSU ecologists launch study on droughts, deluges and carbon cycles in grasslands.
A $1 million DOE-funded study will combine field experiments and computer modeling to assess how extreme weather patterns brought on by climate change impact grasslands.

Welcome to the Department of Biology at Colorado State University. Our internationally-recognized research and education programs focus on organisms, diving into mechanistic detail about how they work, or stepping back to consider how they interact with each other and with their environment.  From cells to the biosphere, we make discoveries about fundamental questions in Biology, and we use this new knowledge to make the world a better place.  CSU Biology is a place where everyone is welcome to indulge their curiosity about the living world.

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Class Highlights

Field Mammalogy (BZ 340)

A successful specimen prep day! These ground squirrels are ready to be used for instruction in BZ330: Mammalogy. Keep an eye out for these specimens in our teaching collection.

Learn more about specimen prep here:

Warning: The linked video explains the process of preparing museum specimens. The content may be considered graphic by some.


Ram Legacy: Patty and Peggy Contreras

Scholarships helped Patty and Peggy Contreras go to college – now they want to level the playing field for other students by giving back.

CSU study finds disparities in natural gas leak prevalence in U.S. urban areas

Over a several-year period, natural gas pipeline leaks were more prevalent in neighborhoods with low-income or majority non-white populations than those with high income or predominately white populations.

Top 3 sweep: Computer science students propel winning teams at Bio-Cybersecurity Student Challenge

Computer science students are creative, flexible and bring an arsenal of problem-solving skills to interdisciplinary competition.

Biology doctoral candidate leads organization of specimen collection.

Jennifer Brady, a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Biology, and a group of undergraduate students are working to digitize and update the department’s collection of taxidermized and articulated specimens.




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Colorado State University
Biology Building, Room 111

1878 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Telephone: 970-491-7011
Fax: 970-491-0649