UPDATE: Engineering, biology, earth sciences climb in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings

Story updated April 4, 2018: Due to a data error by U.S. News and World Report, Colorado State University’s Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering graduate school ranking has been corrected to No. 56, rather than No. 69 as originally reported. This means the Walter Scott College of Engineering climbed 11 spots over its previous graduate school ranking of 67, and has climbed 15 spots in two years.

CSU's new Biology Building
CSU's new four-story, LEED Gold-certified Biology Building houses the entire department, including all of its research labs, special collections used for teaching, and faculty offices. A large portion of the building is also dedicated to updated classrooms, teaching labs, student common spaces, advising and tutoring offices, and study rooms.

Colorado State University graduate programs in the sciences are on the rise in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools. In the highest jump, CSU’s biology program rose 13 spots to rank No. 62 in the nation. The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering climbed 11 spots to be ranked No. 56.

The Department of Biology, in the College of Natural Sciencesopened a new state-of-the-art building in 2017 and offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biological sciences. It also offers a Professional Science Master’s in Zoo, Aquarium and Animal Shelter Management.

CSU’s earth sciences program — known as the Department of Geosciences — also rose several places, to No. 68, up from No. 77. The department, in the Warner College of Natural Resources, offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The Geosciences Program is internationally recognized for its strong emphasis on field-oriented studies in non-renewable resources and the earth’s surface. Faculty and students in the Department of Geosciences have conducted research on all seven continents.

Other rankings

CSU’s Professional Veterinary Medicine Program, its vet school, is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, based on the most recent ranking in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report; it has held a spot among the top three vet schools for at least two decades.

The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences holds the No. 6 spot among similar programs nationwide, based on the most recent ranking in 2016.

Several other CSU programs are ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report:

No. 64 Biomedical Engineering
No. 58 Chemical Engineering
No. 52 Chemistry
No. 35 Civil Engineering
No. 73 Computer Engineering
No. 75 Computer Science
No. 77 Earth Sciences
No. 69 Electrical Engineering
No. 41 Environmental Health Engineering
No. 74 Mathematics
No. 75 Mechanical Engineering
No. 71 Physics
No. 96 Political Science
No. 90 Psychology
No. 31 Public Health
No. 54 Social Work
No. 96 Sociology
No. 44 Statistics