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Health, Life, and Natural Sciences
Science fair might have been your favorite day at school. As a kid, you were curious about bugs, plants, and electricity. You asked for chemistry sets, the game Operation, and butterfly-catching nets so you could explore the world around you. If you still want to understand the most important aspects of how people, objects, animals, and plants function and interact, then you’ll want to delve into these vast and infinitely-varied fields.
A strong focus in academics and research allows our faculty to continue research in their field of study, and allows students to participate in a working relationship in a highly specialized environment. Whether in the natural or the physical sciences, students and faculty work together to create exclusive and exciting education experiences that benefit society as a whole.
CU-Boulder boasts award-winning science faculty, including four Nobel Laureates: Thomas Cech, chemistry and biochemistry; Eric Cornell, physics; Carl Wieman, physics; and John Hall, physics.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funds undergraduate research, scholarly and creative work with several types of grants. UROP projects are partnerships between CU-Boulder’s outstanding faculty and undergraduates from all fields. In a UROP project, you get hands-on experience conducting research and you can explore academic interests beyond the classroom.
GlobeMed at CU-Boulder is part of a nationwide network of university students that partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty. Through their involvement, students become leaders in global health and social justice.
The Health Professions Residential Academic Program provides an academic community for freshmen and select sophomores who take common courses and participate in co-curricular activities designed around current topics and basic academic preparation for careers in the health professions.
Programs and Majors
College of Arts and Sciences
PreProfessional Health (Pre-Dental, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Veterinary) NOTE: Pre-Health is not a major at CU-Boulder. Students interested in a career in health/medicine can usually major in any area of study across any college or school at CU-Boulder. Most professional health programs have course prerequisites that must be met prior to applying to the professional health program. CU-Boulder's Pre-Health advisors will work with you to meet both the health degree prerequisites and the degree requirements of your chosen major(s) and minor(s).
Anthropology (subdisciplines: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology)
Astronomy (optional astrophysics track)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Studies (Environmental Science or Society & Policy tracks)
Geological Sciences (optional areas of concentration: environmental geoscience, geophysics)
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences