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Degree Programs

We offer degrees in over twenty areas of study across five departments, including interdisciplinary programs. View details on all science and math academic programs below, or you can visit a department website to find out more about degrees, advising and research in your specific area of interest.

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Majors
Your major is your chosen academic discipline, typically requiring four years of study. In addition to taking classes related to your field, you’ll take in liberal arts courses designed to diversify your learning and ensure you come out of college a well-rounded individual prepared for various professional pursuits. Some students choose their major immediately upon beginning school, while others decide after spending time determining the direction they wish to follow.
Minors
A minor is a student’s secondary academic discipline. It requires a set framework of classes, though it’s less intensive than a major. Minors can either complement a major or give the student the opportunity to study a field in which they’re interested but do not wish to pursue as a major.
Dual Degrees
A dual degree is a program of study in which students simultaneously pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees, reducing the time required to achieve both. Typically, students complete their undergraduate studies after three years, as opposed to four, and take two more years to complete their graduate degree.
Master's
A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study, typically requiring one to two years of full-time study. To pursue a master’s, you’ll need an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree. Many degrees are specialized to prepare you to enter the job market as a highly qualified applicant or work as an educator in your field.
Doctoral
A doctoral degree is the highest achievable graduate degree, preparing students to work in the upper echelons of their field as either practitioners or educators. Many doctoral candidates complete a dissertation, thesis or project based off original research, defending their work in front of a committee of experts. Others take rigorous coursework that prepares them for professional practice and licensure.
Certificate
A graduate certificate is approximately equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but with a more limited scope. Most can be achieved in a year or less, and many confer professional benefits such as licensure. Learn more about federal-aid designated certificates.
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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Astrophysics, Minor

Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's minor in astrophysics is for students interested in pursuing graduate work and careers in astronomy, as well as for students interested in learning more about the topic. Subjects include stars, planets and galaxies, and the program will give you a background in both the theoretical science behind astronomy and the methods used in the field.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver operates two observatories:

  • Mt. Evans Meyer-Womble, the second highest observatory in the world
  • the late 19th century Chamberlin Observatory, which features a historic 20-inch refractor

 

As any career in astronomy will require a strong working knowledge of physics, this minor is an excellent one for physics majors looking to diversify their education, or for students with an interest in astronomy but less desire to pursue a traditional physics degree.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biochemistry, BS

BS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science in biochemistry degree provides students with a springboard for pursuing graduate studies in chemistry, entering health-related programs such as medical, dental, or veterinary school, or working as chemists in industrial or government settings. Degree requirements include a minor in biological sciences.

Emphasizing undergraduate research, this program's curriculum couples hands-on experimental practice with the latest scientific equipment in all undergraduate laboratories. Chemistry and biochemistry faculty have international reputations in research and are committed mentors who strive to pass on their knowledge in our small, informal classes.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biological Sciences

MS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Science in biological sciences provides students with graduate training centered on primary research, featuring concentrations in cell and molecular biology and ecology, biodiversity and evolution. Students begin their research with a faculty advisor upon entrance to the program, developing an independent research project that will culminate in a written thesis, public seminar and oral defense. The majority of our MS students have their work published in a scientific journal.

Because of the program's emphasis on primary research, graduates finish the degree strongly positioned to pursue a range of postgraduate opportunities, including careers in biotech and academic labs, government labs or agencies, or continued studies in professional or doctoral programs.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biological Sciences

BS, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's undergraduate program in biological sciences, which includes options for both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, offers students the skills and knowledge for pursuing a wide range of career and graduate options. The BS degree offers students a more intensive science and math experience, requiring a chemistry minor, a second minor of the student's choosing and one year each of both mathematics and physics. Students can choose to specialize in sub-disciplines within cell and molecular biology or ecology and evolutionary biology.

Our specialized upper-level coursework is taught by active researchers in the discipline and we provide extensive opportunities for in-depth research with faculty. Graduates can leave prepared for jobs or graduate work in a wide range of life sciences disciplines, including cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, and ecology and evolutionary biology. The curricula can be tailored to prepare students for futures in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related professional programs, such as physical therapy or as physician assistants.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biological Sciences

PhD

About this Program

The University of Denver's PhD in biological sciences offers students the opportunity for graduate training in either cell and molecular biology or ecology, biodiversity and evolution. Areas of focus within cell and molecular miology include biophysics, intracellular trafficking and signaling, molecular forensics, RNA biology, virus-host cell interaction, developmental biology, neuroscience and endocrinology. Within ecology, biodiversity and evolution, areas of focus consist of plant-insect interaction, ecology of invasive species, forest ecology and evolutionary biology, including evolutionary ecology, evolution of animal behavior and evolutionary-developmental biology.

Requiring five years of research and coursework, including a public seminar, written thesis and oral thesis defense, the program couples coursework with original research and teaching opportunities. When conducting their original research, students can leverage state-of-the-art facilities and techniques. Our PhD students also have the chance to teach in undergraduate lab environments.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biological Sciences, BA

BA, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's undergraduate program in biological sciences includes options for both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. While both majors include heavy coursework in the biological sciences, they differ in other aspects of their curricula. Students pursuing the BA complete two quarters of math and one year of chemistry in conjunction with a different minor.

By offering students a broad foundation in biology, the Bachelor of Arts opens up a range of career options that combine a strong background in biology with other disciplines. Major strengths of the department include the prevalence of small, specialized courses taught by active researchers in the discipline as well as the opportunity to conduct in-depth research with our faculty.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biomedical Sciences

PSM

About this Program

The University of Denver's Professional Science Master's in biomedical sciences gives students the opportunity to develop technical skills and theoretical knowledge that can prepare them for careers in the biomedical and health sciences fields. The program utilizes rigorous coursework to provide students with a depth of scientific knowledge and a strong foundation in ethics, communication and global awareness. Graduates often pursue careers in academic and industrial biomedical research, and the program can prepare them for work in fields such as healthcare, clinical research, government and regulatory affairs, especially when paired with further studies in professional schools.

The PSM program emphasizes active communications with biomedical professionals outside the University to ensure that the curriculum and capstone experiences are relevant and beneficial to both students and industry partners. An advisory board comprised of leaders in biomedical research, biotechnology, clinical healthcare, health institutions and hospital administration guides the curriculum by providing input regarding the academic skill set and professional tools most sought by employers in biomedical fields.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

PhD

About this Program

The University of Denver's PhD in chemistry is designed for students whose ultimate aim is to find a career in scientific research. The goal of the program is to train scientists capable of independently pursuing high-level research projects. In addition to rigorous coursework, students complete a dissertation of publishable quality. This degree can prepare students for careers in academic and industrial research environments. Additionally, if the PhD is pursued in conjunction with other professional training, students can go on to work in fields that combine science with public policy, business and law.

Each student in the chemistry PhD program has an advisory committee that monitors their progress and advises them on their research. The relatively small size of our chemistry graduate program ensures we maintain an environment conducive to close interactions between students and faculty, as well as collaboration between students. We also make sure our students can tailor their programs of study to meet their specific interests and career needs.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

MS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Science in chemistry is designed for students who wish to work towards an advanced degree primarily for the purpose of conducting research. Students in the program will complete, present and defend a research thesis of publishable quality, and will focus their research in an area of their choice. Current faculty research includes efforts in biophysical, organic, analytical and environmental chemistry, as well as biochemistry. Students also may pursue research topics of their own devising.

As a relatively small graduate program, at least in terms of population, we're able to offer a personalized experience with close collaboration between students and faculty. Each student in the program will have an advisory committee that will monitor their academic progress and help provide guidance. Students who complete the program can go on to further graduate education or pursue careers in research or industry.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

BSCh

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science in chemistry (BSCh) is designed to provide outstanding preparation for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. Because of the strong chemical background this degree can help students acquire, it can also be an excellent choice for those who plan to enter the chemical industry upon graduation. The degree, accredited by the American Chemical Society, is characterized by a comprehensive exposure to chemistry and a significant research component.

Students in this program take 62 credit hours in chemistry, 15 more than required by the standard Bachelor of Science track. Many classes occur in our chemistry labs, where students can access state-of-the-art equipment for hands-on experimental practice. Along the way, our students take small classes from faculty with extensive research experience.
Our BSCh students also complete 20 credit hours of math and computer science, and 15 credit hours of physics. Students can also pursue a concentration in biochemistry through their electives.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

MA

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Arts in chemistry aims to instill students with the ability to learn independently and to define and help solve new problems. Chemists in our graduate programs work to contribute to the fundamental understanding of their discipline and help others understand their contributions and those of their contemporaries. Intended for students already working full time in industry or secondary education, the MA is an advanced degree with an emphasis on coursework as opposed to research, and a research thesis is not required.

The goal of this programs is to realize the full development of each student's talents and ensure they can develop skills that will serve them through their lives and careers. The relatively modest population of our graduate program allows us to maintain small class sizes with high levels of interaction between students and faculty, as well as frequent collaboration with other students. That tight-knit nature also helps ensure students are able to get all the support they need, and can tailor their educations to meet their specific needs and wants.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

BS, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science in chemistry provides both breadth and depth for students pursuing careers in science. Courses cover general chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, physical chemistry, biochemistry and more. Students who complete this degree often go on to graduate school in chemistry, enter health-related programs such as medical, dental, pharmacy or veterinary school or work as chemists in industrial or governmental settings.

Our chemistry experiences include small, intimate courses with faculty with international reputations in research, and laboratory courses where students get to experiment with the latest equipment. In addition to our emphasis on undergraduate research guided by mentorship-focused faculty, the program also provides a holistic curriculum with courses in both mathematics and physics.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

BA, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Arts in chemistry stresses breadth, with fewer required chemistry courses than other chemistry degree options. This degree is designed to provide excellent preparation for secondary school science teachers, as well as for individuals who are considering careers in interdisciplinary fields such as environmental law and technology development.

As they work with faculty who are leaders in their research fields, our students enjoy small class sizes and informal settings. Students complete 40 credit hours of chemistry courses, many of which include experimental practice with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, our BA students complete 12 credit hours of mathematics and 15 credit hours of physics.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ecology & Biodiversity

BA

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Arts program in ecology and biodiversity offers students a cross-disciplinary focus on these two fields. Students complete 44 credit hours of biology coursework. The BA degree allows students flexibility to combine their interests in biology with other disciplines such as law, policy or business.

Our biological sciences department provides specialized upper-level coursework taught by active researchers in the discipline, along with the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on in-depth research. Students can access cutting-edge research and go to several exciting field sites. Research opportunities encompass plant-insect interaction, ecology of invasive species, and forest ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduates can leave well prepared for jobs or graduate work in a range of areas related to ecology and evolutionary biology.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ecology & Biodiversity

BS

About this Program

The University of Denver's undergraduate program in ecology and biodiversity offers a cross-disciplinary learning focus across ecology and organismal biology. Students complete 49 credit hours of biology, a minor in another natural sciences and mathematics field, and a second minor from any department across the University. The BS degree appeals to students interested in continuing in the sciences at the graduate level or pursing medical school.

Students take courses on evolution, biodiversity, genetics and physiological systems, delivered in small classes. In addition, they complete lab work connected with in-class coursework, while using cutting-edge equipment and visiting field sites.
This program can offer research opportunities to undergraduates in invasive species, plant-insect interactions, evolutionary biology and forest ecology. During their research, our students are supported by active researchers in their fields.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Chemistry

BS

About this Program

Many environmental problems are chemically related and solving them requires an application of chemical knowledge. The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science in environmental chemistry is designed for students pursuing careers in fields related to environmental areas. The degree requirements include a minor in geographic information systems, biology or sustainability to ensure a strong interdisciplinary background. Among the many post-graduation options for students in this program are graduate school in environmental science or work in a variety of environmentally-related fields.

With a minimum of 47 credit hours in chemistry, students take general, organic, physical and acquatic chemistry courses, as well as chemistry labs that put students in front of the latest equipment. Environmental chemistry students also take classes in biology, geography, calculus and physics. Along the way, students work in small class settings with internationally recognized faculty researchers dedicated to improving the world with their knowledge and expertise.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Science

BS, Minor

About this Program

With an interdisciplinary focus, our BS in environmental science helps students develop knowledge and skills in fields lie sustainable development, ecosystem preservation and climate change. With classwork focused on physical and natural science, you'll gain an understanding of the physical properties that affect the environment and how those factors are shaping scientific discourse around the world. The program is built on practical field experience, so you'll have the opportunity to explore the evolving science of the environment and work on new solutions to today's most pressing challenges.

This program offers students a foundation in the natural sciences while helping develop skills in the technical aspects of environmental science. Graduates can leave prepared to work in many career fields, including environmental quality assessment, natural resource monitoring and pollution measurement and abatement. You'll also be well-equipped to enter grad school and pursue greater depth and practice in the environmental sciences.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Science

BA, Minor

About this Program

As the conversation around the global climate has overtaken both the public and scientific spheres, the need for trained environmental scientists has grown rapidly. The BA in environmental science covers a range of environmental issues, from climate change, air and water quality and resource preservation to sustainable development and waste management. Our program is founded on a hands-on approach to scientific exploration, meaning you'll have the chance to participate in field studies and travel to diverse locations to gather a truly expansive knowledge of environmental science.

As you learn about issues of environmental preservation and discover solutions to challenging global problems, you'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of other disciplines. The BA program is flexible and allows you to take courses across other fields to complement your degree. With the environmental science BA, students have gone on to careers in conservation, resource management, policy and many other fields with a focus on the health and preservation of the natural world.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Science + Geographic Information Science

BA/BS + MS

About this Program

The University of Denver's dual degree in environmental science and geographic information science (GIS) allows students to complete both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years. The bachelor's, in environmental science, will help students develop the skills to understand and resolve environmental issues, with a particular emphasis on the natural and physical sciences. The master's, in geographic information science, will integrate traditional studies of physical, human and cultural geography and geographic information systems.

Students generally finish most of their undergraduate work by the end of their junior year and begin their graduate studies as seniors. The skills students may develop can prepare them for careers in fields like resource management, urban planning and environmental quality management. Recent graduates have found work in private industry and federal, state and local government.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geographic Information Science

Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's minor in geographic information science (GIS), offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment, is geared toward students from other majors who are interested in geotechnology. The program provides an overview of a variety of geotechnological skills, including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Today's geographers and environmental scientists use cartography and geographic information systems to develop insight into patterns and trends to understand the environmental conditions of the past and to predict where they might go in the future.

This sort of geographic information is becoming increasingly useful in policy-making, and as such, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for graduates with geotechnological skills will grow by 30 percent by 2024, indicating a strong employment market for students upon graduation. Recent graduates have found work in both government and private industry. Students already pursuing degrees in areas ranging from environmental science to anthropology can gain useful skills and diversify their abilities with this minor.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geographic Information Science

MS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Science in geographic information science (GIS), offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment, is designed for students interested in careers in geotechnology. The program provides in-depth study of geotechnological skills, including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Digital solutions and data analysis are increasingly essential in the way we understand geography, cartography and how they relate to human activity. These systems can be used to gain insight into the patterns and trends that define our relationship to our environment.

Because the insight students can acquire through geographic information has important ramifications for policy and decision making, there may be a healthy job market for students upon graduation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts demand for graduates with geotechnological skills will grow by 30 percent by 2024. Some of our recent graduates have found work in both private industry and government.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography

PhD

About this Program

The University of Denver's PhD in geography includes areas of emphasis in biogeography, climatology, cultural geography, economic geography, environmental change, geographic information science, geomorphology, human environment interaction, Latin America, population, Quaternary studies, transportation geography, water resources and urban geography. The PhD is the highest achievable degree in the field, and students in the program will be expected to produce a high-quality dissertation of substantial scope. Students who achieve the PhD can pursue careers in higher education, with federal and state agencies, and in a range of other fields requiring specialized geographic knowledge.

The department's modestly sized graduate population leads to many advantages: small classes, personal attention, and the chance to develop rewarding relationships with faculty, staff and other students. The department also features excellent facilities and resources, with updated offices, labs and classroom spaces. It also offers numerous opportunities for field training through a range of trips and field courses, both in the U.S. and abroad.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in geography offers students various areas of study, including physical geography, human geography, human-environment interaction, applied geography and geographic information science. The degree prepares students for careers in education, resource management, economic development, urban planning and academia.

In our BA program, students can develop a scientific understanding of environmental issues, balancing the technical and social solutions to environmental problem solving. The curriculum's primary goal is to provide students a foundation in geographic principles and perspectives, as well as the professional skills to put them into practice.

Skills you can hone in our BA program include:

  • Problem recognition and solution development
  • Use of technical tools, such as GIS, manual and computer-assisted remote sensing, and cartography
  • Field and laboratory techniques

 

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography

MA

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Arts in geography offers areas of emphasis in physical geography, human geography and human-environment interaction. Alumni with human geography emphases can go on to careers with state and local planning agencies, developers, consulting firms and private industry in Colorado and elsewhere. Those with interests in physical geography have found employment in federal and state agencies, environmental consulting firms and private enterprises. Human-environment interaction students have opportunities to pursue careers on both sides, and are particularly suited to work to advance sustainability and responsible resource usage.

As you move through the program, you'll take part in rigorous coursework and research, culminating in a thesis project. Small classes and personal attention from your professors will give you the opportunity to take advantage of expert support from our faculty and staff, and you'll also collaborate and work closely with your fellow students. Opportunities for field training abound, both in the U.S. and abroad, and we'll help support you with career goals so you're best able to utilize your skills.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography + Geographic Information Science

BA + MS

About this Program

Through this dual degree in geography and geographic information science (GIS), students can complete a bachelor's degree in geography and a master's degree in GIS in just five years. Typically, our dual degree students complete the majority of their undergraduate work at the end of their third year. Graduate work normally begins during our students' senior years. This program is tailored toward students interested geotechnology. Our students complete detailed study of geotechnological skills, from cartography and GIS to remote sensing and GPS.

This dual degree can help prepare students to enter a growing field, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting demand for graduates with geotechnological skills expected to grow by 30 percent by 2024. Through their bachelor's degree program, students can choose to emphasize a variety of emphasis tracks, including geographic analyses, land use or urban planning, and natural resource management.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geology

Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's minor in geology, offered through the Department of Geography & the Environment, is an excellent choice for students majoring in environmental science, ecology, and other natural and physical sciences, or for any student with an interest in geology. Topics covered include stratigraphy, rocks and minerals, geomorphology, sedimentology and hydrology.

The minor can help provide you with the background necessary for pursuing advanced degrees in the earth sciences. It gives you the chance to develop skills useful for fields ranging from engineering to secondary-level education.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Integrated Sciences

BA

About this Program

The Bachelor of Arts in integrated sciences offers students the opportunity to work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized science curriculum. When one of the many majors offered by the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics doesn't meet the needs of a student's plans, this degree is an option. Students have flexibility in choosing introductory and upper-level coursework from all areas of the sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer sciences, providing the opportunity to create a unique program tailored to their exact needs and interests.

This degree is an especially attractive option for students interested in science education at the secondary-school level, or for those who wish to combine disciplines such as neuroscience and computer science. Students may also design their program to give them an ideal background for any form of graduate studies they wish to pursue.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematics

PhD

About this Program

The University of Denver's Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics offers graduate students a thorough education in graduate-level mathematics leading to original mathematical research. The program prepares students to advance the frontiers of knowledge within a specific area of mathematics. Students finish the degree by writing a dissertation that is designed to make a significant contribution to research literature in the mathematical fields.

Emphasized areas of research include algebraic logic, dynamical systems, functional analysis, nonassociative mathematics, ordered structures, probabilistic combinatorics and set theory. Students graduating with a PhD are ready for careers in academia and education, and also have highly sought skills for positions in industry, finance and government.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematics

MA

About this Program

The University of Denver's MA in mathematics offers a broader mathematics experience than our MS option, geared toward students interested in careers in finance or secondary school education. Helping to improve a student's analytical and logical problem-solving skills, the program covers subjects ranging from algebraic logic to combinatorial algorithms. Students can leave this program prepared to pursue advanced careers in industry and government.

Along with 45 credit hours of coursework, including up to 15 credit hours in a cognate area, MA mathematics students must give an oral presentation in mathematics. The presentation usually occurs after a student has completed at least 24 credit hours of mathematics coursework.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematics

MS

About this Program

The University of Denver's MS in mathematics is a more intensive mathematics experience than our MA, making it an ideal fit for students interested in science and engineering. The program's curriculum provides students the opportunity to improve their logical and analytical problem-solving skills through courses such as differential geometry and functional analysis. Students from this program can leave well prepared for further graduate study in mathematics or cognate disciplines. They also can leave prepared to pursue advanced careers in industry, the financial sector or government.

MS mathematics students must deliver an oral presentation. In addition to 45 credit hours of coursework in both mathematics and a cognate area, students must demonstrate competency in one of the following mathematics tools:

  • Using a modern computing typesetting system
  • Outside courses approved by the department
  • Experience in a laboratory setting
  • Reading French, Russian or German

 

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematics, BA

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in mathematics offers students a curriculum focused on theoretical and applied mathematics, helping students to develop logical and analytical problem-solving skills. The BA degree is a less intensive mathematics experience than the Bachelor of Science option, making it a better fit for students interested in a broader experience, such as those concentrating in finance or aspiring to become secondary school educators.

The degree combines easily with majors or minors in the natural sciences, computer science, engineering and related fields. The program also serves as excellent preparation for graduate school in quantitative subjects. Mathematics majors find employment in academia, high-tech industries, the financial sector and government agencies, with positions including educators, research mathematicians, engineers, computer programmers, financial analysts, economists and actuaries.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematics, BS

BS

About this Program

Our BS program in mathematics offers our students extensive classwork in theoretical and applied mathematics. The BS is a slightly more intensive mathematics experience than our Bachelor of Arts option, and it is a better fit for students who wish to double major or minor in other science fields and/or engineering. The program combines easily with majors or minors in the natural sciences, computer science, engineering and related fields.

With its emphasis on logical and analytical problem solving, the degree provides excellent preparation for graduate study in quantitative subjects. Mathematics majors can find employment in tech, academia, finance and government, working in positions as educators, programmers, actuaries, researchers, analysts, economists and engineers.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Medical Physics, Minor

Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's minor in medical physics is ideal for students considering medical, dental or other bio-related graduate schools or health-related careers in the sciences and engineering. After completing a year of introductory physics, students are required to complete the following two courses:

  • Physics of the Body, which relies on basic physics principles to promote an understanding of the function of the body's various organ systems;
  • Medical Imaging Physics, which explores common diagnostic techniques used in medicine, such as ultrasound, x-rays, and MRI, and their interaction with the human body.

 

The specialized knowledge possessed by experts in medical physics is increasingly essential as advanced specialized treatment methods such as radiation oncology and medical imaging become more common. The minor in medical physics will help you prepare to effectively utilize the variety of technological advances that are redefining modern approaches to healthcare.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

PhD

About this Program

The University of Denver's PhD program in molecular and cellular biophysics provides students a core foundation in biophysical theory and practice, along with flexibility and individualized attention. Participation of faculty from the departments of biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, and physics and astronomy enhances the strength and breadth of our program by incorporating cross-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to research. Areas of research include super resolution microscopy, developmental dynamics, protein folding, protein network analysis, signal transduction cascades, single molecule biophysics, cellular physiology and the development of novel imaging techniques.

Students with strong quantitative undergraduate backgrounds in fields such as physics, chemistry and mathematics who desire to apply these skills to biological problems are encouraged to apply, as are those with backgrounds in cell or molecular biology and solid foundations in mathematics and physics. We particularly encourage projects in the traditional disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry, as well as those using methods of mathematical analysis and computer modeling.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Molecular Biology

BA

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Arts program in molecular biology offers students the opportunity to study areas that include cell biology, biophysics, RNA biology, endocrinology and more. Students complete 44 hours of biology coursework and 20 hours of chemistry coursework, and can also complete a concentration in cognitive neuroscience.

With fewer requirements than our Bachelor of Science option, the BA degree allows students the flexibility to combine their interests in biology with other disciplines such as law, policy or business. Graduates are well prepared for jobs or graduate work related to these disciplines, and they may also find work in medicine, dentristry or physical therapy.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Molecular Biology

BS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science program in molecular biology covers topics including developmental biology, molecular forensics, neuroscience biophysics and several other specialties. Students complete 50 credit hours of biology coursework, a chemistry minor, a second minor from any department on campus, 15 credit hours of physics and 12 credit hours of mathematics. The program also offers a cognitive neuroscience concentration.

With more requirements than our Bachelor of Arts program, the BS degree appeals to students interested in continuing in the sciences at the graduate level or pursuing medical school. The curricula can be tailored to prepare students for futures in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related professional programs such as physical therapy or physician assistance.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Physics

MA

About this Program

Designed for students seeking a graduate education in physics without a thesis requirement, the MA in physics offers challenging coursework in electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and advanced dynamics. Depending on their interest, students can choose additional courses in condensed matter physics, biophysics, or astrophysics. While students pursuing an MA in physics are not required to complete a thesis, they’re introduced to research at the graduate level during their first year through the “Introduction to Research” sequence of courses.

The MA in physics will provide students unique problem-solving skills and comprehensive knowledge in different branches of physics, which will help prepare them for diverse careers as teachers at the pre-college or community college levels, technical representatives at organizations, or as employees at planetariums and museums. Students in the program can also take complementary courses in education to prepare themselves for post-graduate success.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Physics

MS

About this Program

The MS in physics combines rigorous coursework in fundamental areas of physics and modern topics with opportunities in research. With challenging courses in subjects such as electromagnetism, quantum physics, statistical mechanics and more, you'll have the chance to deepen your understanding of the forces that govern the natural world while you collaborate with faculty and peers on research projects.

Graduates from the physics master's program have gone on to work in a variety of fields, including research in the private sector and for government agencies. You'll also be equipped to pursue a career in technological development, working to improve existing technologies and innovate new ones. Alternatively, students often seek opportunities in education at the secondary school level or through museums or planetariums. We can also help you match your curriculum to the needs of an employer so that you'll emerge with experience that is immediately beneficial to your career.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Physics

PhD

About this Program

The PhD in physics is a comprehensive course of study that prepares students for careers across a spectrum of scientific pursuits. Expanding on a curriculum that bridges fundamental coursework with advanced courses in condensed matter physics, biophysics and astrophysics, PhD candidates in the program will work closely with faculty advisors to create a path of study that culminates in a dissertation defense based on independent research. At the conclusion of your degree, you'll be equipped with the experience and knowledge necessary to build a career in the advancement of scientific knowledge or education at the highest levels.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers research opportunities in theoretical, experimental and computational astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics, and condensed matter and materials physics. You will need to carry out research of a publishable quality, which can open doors to careers in research and development in academia, government and private industry.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Physics, BA

BA, Minor

About this Program

With major advances in technology happening almost every day, the physical sciences have never been more important. If you're interested in the forces that guide our universe, the BA in physics may be for you. With coursework that bridges the fundamentals of the field with advanced topics like quantum physics and electromagnetism, you'll have a strong foundation complemented by the opportunity to conduct hands-on research with your peers and faculty mentors. And since the BA program is focused on a broad range of topics, you'll be ready to pursue a diverse array of careers right after you graduate.

With a strong background in critical thinking and training across scientific and mathematical disciplines, our students have gone on to careers in research, medicine, information technology and computer science, among many other fields. You'll have the practical training to begin coursework in an advanced degree, and since the BA is flexible, you can supplement your degree in physics with one in a field that similarly ignites your passion. That flexibility means a broad range of career opportunities and the chance to gain a wide-ranging education in the subjects that matter most to you.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Physics, BS

BS, Minor

About this Program

As our understanding of the natural world advances, so too do the methods by which we study it. The BS in physics is perfect for students who wish to focus solely on scientific coursework and research, with collaboration between your peers and faculty mentors providing meaningful hands-on experience as you discover the specific field that moves you. We also offer concentrations in biological physics, computational physics and nanophysics, so you'll be able to tailor your education to your interests and begin working toward your career before you graduate.

With a deep understanding of the fundamentals of physics and opportunities to participate in research projects as an undergraduate, you'll be equipped to enter the workforce as a researcher or a professional in medicine, computer science or engineering. Students are well-prepared to enter graduate school, and the experience you'll gain can help you find internships and work placements in museums, planetariums, research labs and government agencies.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Sustainability

Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's minor in sustainability, offered through the Department of Geography & the Environment, is an excellent choice for students no matter their major. An understanding of sustainability includes the scientific basis for sustainable resource use as well as the social and economic implications and costs of sustainable practices. As we move into the future, sustainability will be of paramount concern in nearly every professional field, and this minor can help you contribute to a healthier word, whether you find your career in engineering or education, marketing or biology.

Among the problems facing society are an uncertain global economy, the heavy reliance of both developed and developing nations on increasingly limited supplies of nonrenewable energy sources, and the resulting social unrest building throughout many parts of the world. Understanding and finding a solution to these challenges and moving toward a sustainable future will require an interdisciplinary perspective on these problems. Our minor in sustainability will give you the opportunity to develop the insight to work toward a better future.