Like many college freshmen, Dakota Coloroso wasn’t sure what she wanted to study when she came to Colorado State University. She opted for psychology and Spanish, reflecting two of her interests, but her academics fully gelled when Coloroso discovered neuroscience and began researching proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease.
On Saturday, Coloroso will graduate from CSU with three bachelor’s degrees – in neuroscience, psychology and Spanish – and a minor in biomedical sciences. She’ll also become the very first graduate of CSU’s undergraduate degree program in neuroscience, which is part of Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neurosciences (MCIN), a unit jointly administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the College of Natural Sciences.
The neuroscience major opened in 2014 and welcomed a starting class of 29 students. Enrollment has quickly grown, reflecting keen student interest in brain function and in careers tied to science, health and medicine. More than 100 students have already been accepted for the freshman class entering in fall 2017; that will bring total enrollment to about 230 undergraduates.