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Health, Life, and Natural Sciences

Sample Classes You Might Take:

  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics
  • Physics for Future Presidents
  • Light and Color
  • Sound and Music
  • The Role of Science in Medicine
  • Biology of the Cancer Cell
  • Nutrition for Sports Performance
  • Forensic Biology
  • Sleep Physiology

"I aspire to become a physician in the future. CU-Boulder is preparing me for medical school with academic advisors in my department and pre-health advisors that help you to attain the correct requirements to apply for medical school and gain internships and volunteer work! Plus, through my undergraduate research assistantship in the Integrative Physiology department I have been able to apply the knowledge that I have learned in the classroom into the skills that I use in my research. My research laboratory has given been a better connection with professors and a look into what research entails at a tier one research institute."

- Erika Kolisch, Integrative Physiology

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.

At CU-Boulder...

  • 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 five Nobel Laureates: Thomas Cech, chemistry and biochemistry; Eric Cornell, physics; David Wineland, 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)
Integrative Physiology
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Minor in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geography, Geological Sciences, Physics

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Environmental Engineering