College of Natural Sciences Graduate Programs Highlighted by U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Colorado State University’s graduate program in physics jumped 13 places to No. 68 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2008 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools," which was released March 28. CSU’s Department of Physics is part of the College of Natural Sciences.

The Department of Physics has had a significant role in several research collaborations over the past year, including the Pierre Auger Observatory and a proposal for a Deep Underground Space and Engineering Laboratory. CSU’s graduate program in physics was tied with programs at seven other universities, including Syracuse University, CUNY Graduate School and University in New York City, and the University of Illinois.

Another College of Natural Sciences graduate program included in this year’s rankings is mathematics, ranked No. 90. The program was tied with mathematics graduate programs at nine other universities, including Auburn University, the University of Connecticut and the University of South Carolina.

Included in last year’s rankings were the College of Natural Science’s graduate program in biological sciences at No. 77, and chemistry at No. 43. These rankings were not updated in the 2008 list released on March 28.

"Given the sheer number of universities we compete against, I am very pleased to have four of our graduate programs on the top 100 list," said Rick Miranda, dean of the College of Natural Sciences.