Department of Biology Resources + Information:

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

In-person Office Hours Summer: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Friday, closed

ASC/Orientation Program Extended Office Hours until 4pm on the following dates:

Thursday, May 25 Friday, June 2 Friday, June 16
Thursday, June 1 Friday, June 9 Friday, July 14
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: YouTube | Museum Prep 101

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


Embracing curiosity as a woman of color in STEM

Andrea Gomez, a 2006 biology graduate from the Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences, uses the flame of internal curiosity to explore new research areas, power through adversity and find confidence as a woman in STEM. 

Arctic ground squirrels are changing their hibernation patterns

More than 25 years of climate and biological data reveal shorter hibernation periods and differences between male and female hibernation periods.

Introductory biology courses for nontraditional students launching at CSU Spur

This fall, the Department of Biology will roll out its first offerings of LIFE 102 and LIFE 103 biology courses that are based both online and in-person at CSU’s new Spur campus in Denver.

College of Natural Sciences’ Professor Laureate Lecture and Awards Ceremony – April 10

Kim Hoke, professor in the Department of Biology, is one of two 2023 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureates, and will share her research in a lecture at the Spring 2023 Professor Laureate Lecture and Awards Ceremony.




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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