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The University of Colorado Boulder is the flagship university of the University of Colorado system. In 2015, the university comprised nine colleges and schools and offered over 150 academic programs and enrolled almost 17,000 students.

CU Boulder’s research mission is supported by eleven research institutes within the university. Each research institute supports faculty from multiple academic departments, allowing institutes to conduct truly multidisciplinary research.

The university’s institutes include the Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG), the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS), the Alliance for Technology, Learning, & Society (ATLAS), Biofrontiers Institute, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR), Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) JILA, Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics (LASP), Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), and the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

CU Boulder also hosts CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences, where more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences.

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