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STEM-related Undergraduate Majors at Colorado State University

It has been predicted by the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there are over 1.2 million job openings in STEM-related fields. Because of this, STEM education programs and degrees are a high-priority today. STEM graduates work in a wide variety of fields, and as such, Colorado State University has more than 50 STEM-related undergraduate degree programs for students to remain competitive and an ever evolving STEM workforce.

Below, we have organized our STEM-related undergraduate majors by College, noting the academic department within which the major resides. Many of our majors also have concentration areas that allow students to go more in depth in specific topic areas, and these are noted below as well.

CSU also has STEM-related minors for students who would like to select a secondary academic discipline as well as graduate degrees for students who have already obtained an undergraduate degree. If you would like to learn more about these undergraduate minors, click here. If you would like to learn more about STEM Graduate Degrees at Colorado State University, click here.

Important note for international students: International students with a F-1 visa earning a degree in a STEM field can qualify for the OPT STEM Extension. However, not all STEM majors qualify. Please see the official list of OPT STEM Extension qualifying majors, produced by the US Department of Homeland Security, found here. The corresponding “CIP Code” should be found on your I-20. For more questions about the OPT STEM Extension, please contact the CSU Office of International Programs.

College of Agricultural Sciences

College of Agricultural Sciences

Major: Agricultural Business

Department: Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Agricultural Business major teaches students the operating techniques and business skills used in the modern food and fiber industry. This program builds student knowledge and skills needed to manage small and medium sized business in agriculture and allied industries. This is true whether the business is directly involved in production, value-adds to raw agricultural products, or provides support services including the distribution, processing, packaging, and marketing of agricultural products.

Concentration: Agricultural Economics Concentration

The Agricultural Economics concentration focuses on the theoretical and analytic tools of applied economics and provides students with the skills necessary to apply these principles in applied settings such as water, recreation, environmental economics, in industry and business, marketing, production, or government. This program is more quantitative in nature and best prepares students interested in graduate study.

Concentration: Farm and Ranch Management Concentration

The Farm and Ranch Management concentration builds skills in applied decision making required in production agriculture. The program of study allows students to apply a solid understanding of economics and the underlying physical and biological sciences that drive agricultural technology to problems facing modern farmers and ranchers.

Major: Agricultural Education

Department: Agricultural and Resource Economics

Agricultural Education is defined as a systematic program of instruction for students desiring to learn and teach/educate the science, business, and technology of agriculture, food and environmental/natural resource systems. Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices regarding agriculture. Agricultural Education is a major in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Concentration: Teacher Development Concentration

Teacher development in school-based agricultural education is delivered in a three-part model: classroom, experiential learning, and leadership development.

Concentration: Agricultural Literacy Concentration

Agricultural literacy is the synthesis, instruction, and communication of basic information about agriculture to the public.

Major: Animal Science

Department: Agricultural and Resource Economics

Students majoring in Animal Science (food animals) are provided with an industry-oriented, science-based education that prepares them for careers in animal agriculture or one of many industries associated with livestock production. The curriculum focuses on the study of food-producing animals and includes foundation courses in the sciences.

Major: Environmental & Natural Resource Economics

Department: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics

The Environmental and Natural Resource Economics major prepares students to apply economic tools to evaluate the allocation and utilization of natural resources and the management of the natural environment. Economic analysis provides a strong basis to guide societal choices that directly and indirectly affect our environment.

Major: Environmental Horticulture

Department: Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Environmental horticulturists provide solutions necessary to achieve aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally sound outdoor spaces. They also design and manage private and public landscapes, such as golf courses, botanical gardens, and parks.

Concentration: Landscape Business

Students develop skills in estimating project costs, plant selection and care, and business management techniques. Completing this concentration also earns a minor in Business Administration.

Concentration: Nursery & Landscape Management

Students gain training in landscape plant culture and use plus skills needed to start and manage a nursery, garden center, arboriculture, or landscape management firm.

Concentration: Landscape Design & Contracting

The Landscape Design and Contracting concentration prepares students for careers in the design-build profession for residential, commercial, and public properties.

Concentration: Turf Management

Turf Management trains students for management opportunities ranging from sod production to the establishment and maintenance of private and public grounds.

Major: Equine Science

Department: Animal Sciences

The Equine Science major prepares students to serve the many needs of a growing industry and focuses on providing students with an in-depth scientific knowledge of the varied functions of the horse and how to relate those scientific principles to the industry. Equine Science majors have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the horse as it relates to business, recreational, and production aspects of the industry.

Major: Horticulture

Department: Agricultural and Resource Economics

Horticulture is the application of scientific principles in the growing, marketing, processing, and utilizing of fruits, vegetables, flower and foliage plants, trees, shrubs, and turf grasses. The major requires a strong grounding in botany, chemistry, and horticulture.

Concentration: Floriculture

Floriculture emphasizes greenhouse-grown flower crops. Students study propagation, production, utilization, and improvement of plants, and are prepared to grow quality greenhouse products.

Concentration: Horticultural Science

Horticultural Science graduates conduct research to discover new information about plant growth, development, and environmental response.

Concentration: Horticultural Business Management

The curriculum consists of a core of business, computer, and economics courses. In horticulture, students choose a special emphasis, or take an array of courses that may lead to greater job opportunities.

Concentration: Horticultural Therapy

The Horticultural Therapy concentration combines horticulture courses with the study of therapy/human sciences, leading to careers in health care and human services.

Concentration: Horticultural Food Crops

Specific courses include fruit and vegetable production, irrigation practices, soil fertility, propagation, breeding, and related plant pest management courses. Students must choose either the Production or Seed Science option.

Concentration: Viticulture & Enology

The Viticulture and Enology concentration is designed to give students a background in food crop production with a focus on grapes and their processing into wine.

Major: Landscape Architecture

Department: Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Taking part in a challenging course of study, students prepare themselves for careers in a field whose enormous potential has only begun to be recognized. Landscape Architecture students study design as accomplished landscape architects see it: shaping spaces as well as planning and preserving them.

Major: Soil and Crop Sciences

Department: Soil and Crop Sciences

Soil and Crop Sciences, the studies of field crops and soils, are the foundation sciences underlying the production and management of food, feed, fiber, and energy crops to meet human needs and to protect the environment. Students are taught the importance of learning soil and crop science principles in alleviating concerns of rapidly increasing world populations, the demand on land for food supplies, and the demand for environmental quality to enhance human comfort and wellbeing.

Concentration: Agronomic Production Management

Agronomic Production Management focuses on methods to improve the nutritional value of crops and the quality of seed, as well as increase productivity.

Concentration: Plant Biotechnology, Genetics & Breeding

The Plant Biotechnology, Genetics, and Breeding concentration provides expertise in the fundamentals of plant molecular biology and their application to crop improvement.

Concentration: Applied Information Technology

Students learn to make better decisions in crop, soil, and environmental management systems using technology.  Courses include computer science, data management, and business.

Concentration: Soil Ecology

This concentration emphasizes the study of soil organisms and their interactions with each other as well as the physical and chemical environment of soil.

Concentration: International Soil & Crop Sciences

Students interested in developing nations learn technical soil and crop science skills and knowledge about the political, social, and cultural aspects of those countries.

Concentration: Soil Restoration & Conservation

Soil Restoration and Conservation graduates provide technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, governments, and others concerned with the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.

College of Business

College of Business

Major: Business Administration

Department: Business Administration

The four-year curriculum in Business Administration prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective leaders and decision makers in today’s dynamic business environment. The program focuses on global orientation, technology, ethics, business processes, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

Concentration: Accounting

The Accounting concentration gives students an understanding of the theory and practice of the major fields of accounting: financial accounting and reporting, managerial accounting, taxation, accounting information systems, and auditing. Accounting is an ever-evolving field with growing importance in most businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Today’s accountants are important members of their organizations, using their business expertise, communication, interpersonal skills, and accounting knowledge to improve organizational decision making.  Accountants play a key role in the continued growth of a prosperous society.

Concentration: Finance

The Finance concentration prepares undergraduate students to enter the finance profession with comprehensive knowledge and real world skills in their area of emphasis. The field of finance is complex, quantitative, and constantly evolving. The program focuses on providing state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and computer applications. In addition to the core areas of asset valuation, investments, and global finance, the concentration allows students to select from three options for more in-depth study: Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, and Real Estate Finance.

Concentration: Information Systems

The Information Systems concentration provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of computer information systems along with the skills necessary for effective decision making in a business environment that is diverse, global, and highly competitive. The information systems curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of business and a sound foundation in computer fundamentals and programming, systems analysis and design, networking, database design and implementation, project management, web applications, systems integration, and information and systems security. Graduates acquire an ability to apply computer technologies to solve business problems, providing a wide variety of career opportunities.

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Department: School of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering lies at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. CSU is positioned to offer unique bioengineering degree programs due to our faculty expertise and the highly-ranked College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, providing a rich environment for interdisciplinary research and day-to-day collaborations.

Major: Chemical & Biological Engineering

Department: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Chemical and biological engineering is a powerful blend of basic sciences and the skills to quantitatively describe, predict, and control all changes of matter. This provides the foundation to create cutting-edge materials and products, to design new devices to improve health or the environment, and to design processes for the safe production of chemicals and biochemicals, the production of alternative energy sources, and prevention of hazardous waste.

Major: Civil Engineering

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

The undergraduate Civil Engineering program provides a solid base in the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering fundamentals, and design and management concepts. In addition to courses in all sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, students will learn design practices, information technology, technical communications, project management, and engineering ethics.

Major: Computer Engineering

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

A discipline that combines several fields of electrical engineering and computer science, computer engineers continually push the capability and applicability of computers in every industry and every facet of modern life. Computer engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into society.

Major: Electrical Engineering

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

From Global Positioning Systems to electric power generation, for more than a century electrical engineers have contributed to the development of a wide array of new technologies. Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the deployment of electrical systems and electronic devices for a range of industries.

Concentration: Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering concentration covers a broad range of electrical engineering subdiscplines and allows a student to focus on their particular area of interest using technical electives.

Concentration: Lasers & Optical Engineering

Lasers and Optical Engineering focuses on optics and waves, optical electronics, optical information processing, and communications.

Major: Engineering Science

Department: Associate Deans Office – Office for Academic and Student Affairs

Engineering Science is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to acquire a strong base in mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering fundamentals while pursuing a broad background in the liberal arts or other areas of interest in preparation for specialized careers or graduate studies.

Concentration: Engineering Physics

Engineering Physics prepares students to work in high technology areas in which solid engineering training, combined with a broader background in physics is valuable.

Concentration: Teacher Education

The Engineering Science Teacher Education concentration prepares students to teach engineering design principles and concepts in junior and senior high school classrooms and laboratories.

Concentration: Space Engineering

The Space Engineering concentration provides students with a broad background in aerospace and space engineering.

Major: Engineering Science & International Studies

Department: Associate Deans Office – Office for Academic and Student Affairs

Students gain a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering fundamentals, learn a second language, and study abroad while earning degrees in both Engineering Science (B.S.) and International Studies (B.A.) This is a five-year interdisciplinary program.

Major: Environmental Engineering

Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers design solutions that prevent future pollution as well as correct existing pollution problems. The undergraduate curriculum in Environmental Engineering is based on a strong foundation in physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are creative problem solvers who design, develop, and manufacture the machines and instrumentation that run energy, building, environmental, and transportation systems. Students take basic science and mathematics courses while beginning their engineering studies in design and computing.

College of Health and Human Sciences

College of Health and Human Sciences

Major: Nutrition & Food Science

Department: Food Science and Human Nutrition

Students are interested in improving quality of life through nutrition and food science. This major taps into public interest of nutrition to health and fitness, and prepares students for a variety of careers in the field. The Nutrition and Food Science major includes core science-based courses and theoretical and practical training in specific skill areas such as nutrition counseling techniques, food safety, integrative nutrition and metabolism, and nutrition and the life cycle.

Concentration: Dietetics & Nutrition Management

This concentration provides students with a broad background in clinical nutrition, health promotion, and food service management. The concentration is for students who would like to become practicing nutritionists or dietitians, and offers three options: dietetics, gerontology nutrition, and childhood nutrition.

Concentration: Nutrition & Fitness

This concentration taps into the increasing interest of the public in nutrition, fitness, and wellness. Coursework provides a strong foundation in nutritional sciences and a broad array of exercise science and physical activity courses. The concentration prepares students for employment as nutrition and fitness counselors and personal lifestyle coaches.

Concentration: Food Safety & Nutrition

This concentration blends a strong science base with courses in food science, food safety, food microbiology, and nutrition. The curriculum prepares students for the food industry or in government, such as quality assurance, product development, research, food inspection, food plant management, and consumer education.

Concentration: Nutritional Sciences

Students gain a strong background in natural and biomedical sciences and nutrition, preparing them for graduate study, medical school, or a career in nutritional research. Supporting courses emphasize the physical and biological sciences and include the social sciences and humanities as well.

Licensure Program: Center for Educator Preparation

Department: School of Education

The CSU Educator Preparation Program is aims to work with students to build their skills as an educator, leaving the program prepared to be a learner, collaborator, and leader. Licensure options are available for a variety of approved majors, focused around 17 content areas, allowing students to combine their passion for teaching with their academic interest.

College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts

Major: Anthropology

Department: Anthropology

Anthropology students learn to describe, analyze, and interpret the human condition. The program is integrative, drawing from geography, biology, the humanities, and other social and natural sciences. Geography figures prominently in our program and provides an important lens through which human groups are examined over time.

Major: Biological Anthropology

Department: Anthropology

Biological anthropologists interact with both the physical and natural sciences, including biology, anatomy, genetics, chemistry, biometry, or endocrinology as well as the social sciences.

Major: Geography

Department: Anthropology

Whether you can pinpoint the capital of Tajikistan on a map, or you’re fascinated by how societies are shaped by location, the Geography major might be for you. You’ll answer big questions about everything from climate change to the geography of commodities. You’ll learn to “think like a geographer,” researching people and the land they live on.

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts & Engineering Science

Students explore a broad liberal arts curriculum in social sciences or arts and humanities and gain a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering fundamentals while earning degrees in both Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts (B.A.) and Engineering Science (B.S.). This is a five-year interdisciplinary program.

Warner College of Natural Resources

Warner College of Natural Resources

Major: Ecosystem Science & Sustainability

Department: Ecosystem Science & Sustainability

Provides a strong scientific foundation in ecosystem ecology integrated with a broad knowledge of the cultural, social, economic, and political issues that are shaping the issue of sustainability. Students in the major learn to integrate science into real-world decision making, with the goal of developing sustainable strategies to maintain ecosystem services around the globe.

Major: Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Department: Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology is intended for students interested in understanding wildlife and the habitats in which they live. The curriculum has a strong foundation in the biological, physical, and social sciences with the focus on solving current and future issues related to conservation and sustainability of wild animals and their habitats.

Concentration: Conservation Biology

The Conservation Biology concentration focuses on understanding the ecological processes necessary to conserve biological diversity with an emphasis on fish and wildlife species and their habitats.

Concentration: Wildlife Biology

Wildlife Biology focuses primarily on terrestrial vertebrates and their habitats, and builds a strong foundation in basic wildlife ecology, management, and conservation.

Concentration: Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences allow students to focus on a strong background in basic fishery ecology, management, and conservation, which includes an understanding of the linkages between land and water.

Major: Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Department: Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Forest landscapes are always changing, sometimes very slowly as a result of long-term processes, followed by rapid changes as a result of fires or harvesting. Sustaining forests in the modern world requires managers who understand these changes, and how forests connect to global, ecological, and social systems.

Concentration: Forest Biology

Students who concentrate in Forest Biology will focus on the ecology of forests, the biology and interactions of the elements in forests, as well as economics and policy surrounding forested areas.

Concentration: Rangeland Conservation and Management

In this concentration there is an emphasis on conservation of large, wide-open spaces–the world’s largest land-cover type. Students in this concentration will learn new conservation techniques to oversee rangelands that have multiple economic and social uses.

Concentration: Forest Fire Science

This concentration focuses on forest management from a fire-science perspective. Students will learn about the balance between fire as a natural ecological process and as a forest management tool.

Concentration: Rangeland and Forest Management

In Rangeland and Forest Management, students prepare for natural resource management careers in both the public and private sectors. With courses in the physical sciences, natural resource ecology and history, as well as writing, communications and policy courses, students will gain the versatility to work in land management and beyond.

Concentration: Forest Management

This concentration is for students interested in managing forestlands through careers with state and federal land-management agencies, private forestland owners, and conservation organizations.

Major: Geology

Department: Geosciences

The Major in Geology provides a rigorous academic and practical basis for diverse professional geosciences careers that include private and public sector water, energy, mineral and other natural resources, geologic hazards, regulatory management, and education. The major also provides a solid science and general education background for subsequent graduate training in specialized fields that include hydrology, geophysics, environmental geology, economic geology, resources management, public policy, and many other areas.

Concentration: Environmental Geology

Students develop expertise in surface and shallow-subsurface processes that shape the Earth and provide important soil and water resources for human and natural use.

Concentration: Geophysics

The Geophysics concentration combines a strong foundation in geology with additional depth in geophysics, physics, and mathematics, and in associated quantitative and computer skills.

Concentration: Geology

A practical and field-oriented approach prepares students for employment opportunities as geologists in the energy and mining industries, government agencies, and consulting firms.

Concentration: Hydrogeology

The Hydrogeology concentration provides training in water resources and allied disciplines, while ensuring that students are well prepared for a variety of geological fields.

Major: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Department: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

The source of many challenges in natural resources involves human behavior, and solutions to those challenges requires innovative problem-solving, deep understanding of complex issues, and collective action. This major is focused on understanding the social aspect of natural resources, and developing the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies that lead to successful conservation.

Major: Natural Resource Tourism

Department: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Graduates possess technical skills in problem solving, systems planning, integrative team decision making, quantitative analysis, oral and verbal communications, and computer operations. Graduates are familiar with skills useful in a business setting and the historic evolution of environmental conservation. Additionally, graduates develop an appreciation for how their discipline contributes to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Concentration: Global Tourism

Course work focuses on business and tourism topics providing students with planning, management, marketing, financial, and entrepreneurship skills essential in the tourism industry.

Concentration: Natural Resource Tourism

Through courses in tourism management, marketing and planning, natural resources, business, entrepreneurship, and social science, students develop skills for work in recreation and tourism enterprises.

Major: Natural Resources Management

Department: Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Natural Resources Management students graduate with an understanding of the interconnectedness of social, political, and ecological systems. Courses focus on environmental issues such as land-use change and planning, conservation biology, energy use, climate change, renewable resource management, and citizen engagement. This knowledge will enable students to design sustainable solutions to address natural resource conservation and management problems.

Major: Restoration Ecology

Department: Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

In the Restoration Ecology major, you’ll learn to use active intervention methods and practice repairing and reviving natural areas while examining the science behind biological areas and ecosystems. While the coursework includes everything from the fundamentals of ecology to global cultural awareness to a wide variety of natural resource classes, you’ll also spend a considerable amount of time in the field.

Major: Watershed Science

Department: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Watershed Science is the interdisciplinary study of the natural processes and human activities that affect freshwater resources. Water is a critical component of Earth’s ecosystems and is used for human consumption, agriculture, energy production, transportation, and recreation.

College of Natural Sciences

College of Natural Sciences

Major: Applied Computing Technology

Department: Computer Science

The Applied Computing Technology major is oriented towards the use of technology and software. Students will learn alongside Computer Science majors and receive a strong background in mathematics and the sciences. In this program, the key focuses are computer programming and information technology aimed towards application, particularly in the realm of business.

Concentration: Computing Education

This teacher education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Computing Technology with a concentration in Computing Education (K-12 technology education) with state licensure in instructional technology (computers) and provides students with a background in education, computer programming, and computer systems enabling graduates to teach computing principles and serve as computing technology experts in public schools.

Concentration: Computing Technology

This concentration emphasizes the use of programming skills and computer applications and technology (e.g., web development, computer and network system administration) in a variety of computer application areas used in business and other organizations.  This is essentially an Information Technology (IT) program, stressing the maintenance and use of computers and computer applications rather than developing large-scale software from scratch.

Major: Biochemistry

Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Using chemistry and molecular biology, you will study complex molecules found in biological materials and the ways these molecules interact to form cells, tissues, and whole organisms. Biochemistry provides the basis for advances in human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology.

Concentration: General Biochemistry

This concentration is designed to provide a broad education in biochemistry and can be tailored to meet the individual needs of specific students.

Concentration: Pre-Pharmacy

This concentration adds to the major with additional study in physiology, microbiology, immunology, and public speaking.

Concentration: Health & Medical Sciences

This concentration augments the major with additional coursework in anatomy and physiology, the biochemistry of disease, and a medical internship.

Major: Biology (Biological Science)

Department: Biology

Biology is the study of all living things — from bacteria to plants to animals — and their relationship to their environments. Biology majors study the structure and function of cells, organ systems, and tissues in animals and plants, as well as ecology and evolution. They learn about physiology, behavior, genetics and heredity, toxicology, and laboratory techniques for everything from field research to biotechnology.

Concentration: Biological Science

The curriculum for a Biological Science Concentration includes a two-semester introductory biology sequence, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics.

Concentration: Botany

The Botany concentration focuses on plants and plant-like organisms from microscopic algae to giant redwoods, and from fungi to flowers.

Major: Chemistry

Department: Natural Sciences

Chemists help to solve major challenges, from improving clean energy technology to discovering new materials to . To do this, they study the atomic and molecular structure of physical matter and analyze how it changes. They also develop new methods of measurement, enabling insight into a range of processes – from mining to food safety.

Concentration: American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified

Students in this concentration will earn a B.S. that is certified by the American Chemical Society, which ensures a rigorous, broad study for students interested in a career in the sciences.

Concentration: Non-ACS Certified

The Non-ACS Certified Concentration allows students to gain a strong foundation in chemistry while being able to focus upper-level courses in a particular area of interest.

Major: Computer Science

Department: Computer Science

As a Computer Science major, students will study step-by-step computational methods for solving problems by encoding, storing, tracking and transforming information. Students will learn the theory, architecture, and application of computers – how to process information and how to design software (sets of computer instructions) to perform specific functions.

Concentration: Computer Science

The Computer Science Concentration is geared toward students who want a deep and foundational education in the field. Work dives into upper-level mathematics and sophisticated programming, preparing students for the many jobs in the industry or continued study in graduate school.

Concentration: Human-Centered Computing

Human-Centered Computing Concentration is an interdisciplinary program in the department, which melds cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence, applying them to human-computer interaction, including interface design.

Major: Data Science

Department: Computer Science

An interdisciplinary degree with foundations in computer science, statistics, communications and mathematics. You’ll learn how to decipher and repurpose huge sets of data to solve real-world problems and, ultimately, reshape the way we interpret information and use it to influence choices made in virtually every industry.
Concentration: Computer Science

The computer science concentration in the data science major allows students to dive more deeply into the programming behind big data work.

Concentration: Mathematics

Data science runs on math. The mathematics concentration in the data science major offers additional upper-level coursework to give students deeper insights into the dynamic world of big data.

Concentration: Economics

The economics concentration in the data science major provides students with the technical and theoretical foundations in data science while also allowing for a focus on economics.

Concentration: Statistics

The statistics concentration in the data science major provides a strong foundation of applied and theoretical statistical knowledge to empower successful data wranglers.

Major: Mathematics

Department: Mathematics

Mathematics is the universal language of science and information. Majoring in mathematics allows you to explore numbers, shapes, probabilities, and ideas. Mathematics is valued for its precision and elegance and is also an essential source for scientific endeavors.

Concentration: Actuarial Science

The Actuarial Science Concentration trains students to use mathematics, statistics, and economics to analyze and plan for uncertainties and risks. It qualifies students to take the first two credentialing actuarial examinations.

Concentration: General Mathematics

This concentration is appropriate for students who want to combine mathematics with other academic areas, such as business, law, computer science, or statistics.

Concentration: Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics Concentration focuses on the application of mathematics in other disciplines. In particular, students receive training in numerical analysis, mathematical modeling, statistics, and computing.

Concentration: Mathematics Education

The Mathematics Education Concentration is designed to prepare students to teach mathematics through the high school level, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.

Concentration: Computational Mathematics

The Computational Mathematics Concentration emphasizes numerical methods, computational geometry, algebra, and symbolic processes and prepares students for graduate work in mathematics as well as for professional careers.

Concentration: Mathematics of Information

The Mathematics of Information Concentration prepares students for graduate study or an interdisciplinary career in information technology where mathematics, computer science, and electrical engineering are interwoven.

Major: Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences major is geared to students who want to become high school or junior high and middle school science teachers as well as to students who want a broad exposure to mathematics and the physical sciences. Internships and volunteer activities provide practical training and experience. This major allows students to meet the requirements for Colorado teacher licensure upon graduation – including a semester of teaching – which prepares students to meet the demand for secondary science educators in Colorado and across the country.

Concentration: Biology Education

Students complete science courses focused on biology, take professional classes in the School of Education, visit classrooms, and complete a semester of student teaching.

Concentration: Physical Science

Students complete courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and biological science and earn two minors selected from Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics.

Concentration: Chemistry Education

Students complete science courses focused on chemistry, take professional classes in the School of Education, visit classrooms, and complete a semester of student teaching.

Concentration: Physics Education

Students complete science courses focused on physics, take professional classes in the School of Education, visit classrooms, and complete a semester of student teaching.

Concentration: Geology Education

Center for Educator Preparedness (College of Health & Human Sciences)

Natural Sciences

Students complete science courses focused on geology, take professional classes in the School of Education, visit classrooms, and complete a semester of student teaching.

Major: Neuroscience

Department: Biomedical Sciences

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary study of how cells in the nervous system are specified, grow and connect to ultimately control all of the sensory input systems and behavior. Neuroscientists conduct research in a variety of systems from cultured neurons and tissues to intact organisms, including humans, to better understand the structure and function of neurons and the brain.

Concentration: Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience

The Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration integrates an understanding of neuroanatomy with the mechanisms of sensation/perception and learning/memory, generally applied to human behavior.

Concentration: Cell & Molecular Neuroscience

The Cell and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration integrates neuroanatomy with the cellular and molecular basis of nervous system function.

Major: Psychology

Department: Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behavior and is one of the most popular and versatile majors at CSU. The major emphasizes a strong background in the sciences (including mathematics, chemistry, biology, statistics, and human physiology) along with writing and laboratory research.

Concentration: Addictions Counseling

Provides students with an undergraduate degree in psychology, while completing the required courses for becoming a certified addictions counselor (Level 1) in the state of Colorado.

Concentration: Industrial / Organizational

Prepares students to move into the workforce with a bachelor’s degree or to pursue graduate education in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Concentration: Clinical / Counseling

The Clinical/Counseling Psychology Concentration prepares students to pursue graduate education and careers in clinical and counseling psychology.

Concentration: Mind, Brain & Behavior

The Mind, Brain, and Behavior Concentration prepares students to be more competitive candidates for graduate programs in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and sensation and perception.

Concentration: General Psychology

Students who prefer a broad view of the field often choose the General Psychology Concentration.

Department: Physics

Major: Physics

Physics is the study of motion, matter, and energy. It is the most fundamental of the sciences, and it provides the essential underpinnings for chemistry, biology, astronomy, and geology. Physicists probe the structure of atomic nuclei, use lasers to study antimatter at ultra-low temperatures, and develop theories that predict the origin and destiny of the universe. Physics also has applications to a wide variety of tasks, such as creating large-scale circuits, producing high efficiency solar cells, and developing nanomachines.

Concentration: Applied Physics Concentration

The Applied Physics Concentration combines fundamental course work in physics with a selection of courses in a related discipline, such as optics, computers, chemistry, or medical physics.

Concentration: Physics

The Physics Concentration provides a broad background in physics that serves as a base for later specialization, either in graduate school or on the job.

Major: Statistics

Department: Statistics

Statistics is the science of finding meaning in data. Statisticians work with people from a variety of fields to solve problems with analysis – and to present the findings well. Statistics allows you to work in many different areas of science, medicine, business, and other industries.

Major: Zoology

Department: Biology

Zoologists focus on the behavior, health, and life processes of animals. Some study live animals in controlled or natural surroundings, while others study the structure and function of animal cells, tissues, and organ systems. Zoological research applies to farming, medicine, pharmacology, wildlife conservation, pest control, and much more.

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Major:Biomedical Sciences

Department: Biomedical Sciences

The basis of the Biomedical Sciences degree is in cellular and molecular biology, human/animal anatomy, and physiology. Students are able to select elective courses and laboratory research in specialty areas of endocrinology, pharmacology, neurophysiology, reproductive physiology, and cardiopulmonary physiology in order to tailor their educational experiences to specific career objectives.

Major: Environmental Health

Department: Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

An Environmental Health degree prepares students for the branch of public health that studies how biological, chemical, and physical factors in natural and built environments impact human health and disease. Students will learn how to help prevent injuries and disease by managing environmental hazards and promoting healthier air, water, soil, homes, workplaces, and communities.

Major: Microbiology

Department: Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Microbiology is the study of organisms – many of which are too small to be seen with the naked eye – that are essential in the ecosystem and in industrial processes. Much work in this field is directed toward the cure, control, or eradication of disease in humans and animals. CSU offers the only bachelor’s degree program in microbiology in the state of Colorado and the department operates a number of multi-million dollar research programs. S

Major: Neuroscience

Department: Biomedical Sciences

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary study of how cells in the nervous system are specified, grow and connect to ultimately control all of the sensory input systems and behavior. Neuroscientists conduct research in a variety of systems from cultured neurons and tissues to intact organisms, including humans, to better understand the structure and function of neurons and the brain.

Concentration: Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience

The Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration integrates an understanding of neuroanatomy with the mechanisms of sensation/perception and learning/memory, generally applied to human behavior.

Concentration: Cell & Molecular Neuroscience Concentration

The Cell and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration integrates neuroanatomy with the cellular and molecular basis of nervous system function.