We are an interdisciplinary group of faculty with research interests that vary from studies of global ecological change, organismal interactions in infectious disease, and stream ecology to muscle protein structure, chromosome function, molecular evolution, and plant biotechnology. 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. Majors in our department study the structure and function of cells, organ systems and tissues in animals and plants; ecology; and evolution. Our curriculum provides a solid and broad foundation of knowledge while offering an opportunity to choose an area of emphasis within life sciences that is related to individual career goals.

The Biology Department was ranked second in the nation in 2006 of programs that offer Zoology degrees. Because of their remarkable research accomplishments, several faculty have received Career Awards and Presidential Young Investigator Awards from the National Science Foundation. Research results from the Biology faculty are defining new principles in many areas of investigation. The exceptional impact of their work is documented by the more than 3,000 citations of faculty research papers in 2006. Not surprisingly, the department’s research is well supported by federal and state grants, and many undergraduates gain valuable research experiences in the laboratory or field.

Biology faculty are also dedicated to the University’s teaching mission. Student surveys routinely rank Biology classes among the best at CSU and departmental faculty regularly win college and university teaching awards.

If you’re looking for an outstanding education and research experience, we encourage you to seriously consider the Department of Biology at Colorado State University.

News

Death by solar: $1.6 million DOE grant supports scientists studying bird deaths at solar facilities

CSU biologist Kristen Ruegg is working with UCLA researchers to study which bird species are most impacted by the solar industry.

Biology professor Kristen Ruegg receives NSF grant to study wintering grounds of migratory birds

Ruegg received the NSF Career Award Grant of 1.18 M dollars to continue her research into migratory birds. Her team will study the migration of 11 species, the first empirical test of the theory that the individuals from the same breeding site migrating to the same wintering site promotes local adaptation in wintering areas.

Innovating throughout history: College of Natural Sciences

Take a look back at key moments in the history of the College of Natural Sciences.

Celebrating and preserving Colorado’s flora at the Charles Maurer Herbarium

The Charles Maurer Herbarium Collection is the oldest in Colorado, conserving examples of more than 100,000 species of flora, with specimens dating back to the very beginning.

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