Natural Sciences
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Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences division at Denison promotes scientific literacy for all students to prepare them to become more effective critical consumers of scientific information.

Minor
Astronomy
ASTR-452
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
Astronomy
ASTR-451
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
Astronomy Swasey Observatory

Our study of astronomy is aided by the 1909 Swasey Observatory, housing a 9-inch refracting and two 8-inch reflecting telescopes; and the 1995 Olin Hall planetarium, housing a Zeiss ZKP3 projector.

B.A., B.S.
Biology

Our facilities include a modern building with “smart classrooms” and dedicated research spaces, a greenhouse, and a 350-acre biological reserve and field station within walking distance of campus.

Biology
BIOL-340
In this course we study the proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective....
Biology
BIOL-201
The study of cellular structure and function from a molecular perspective....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-258
A study of the major chemical processes and molecular species that characterize living organisms....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-402
A study of synthetic strategy and certain theoretical aspects of organic chemistry using specially selected examples....

Extensively renovated in 2011, Ebaugh Laboratories is designed for advanced hands-on learning with plenty of opportunities to join professors in their research or to conduct research of your own.

B.A., B.S.

Our Beowulf Cluster, with 16 high end workstations, is used for designing and developing parallel programs using a message passing programming model.

Computer Science
CS-271
In this course, students study a variety of data organization methods, and implement and analyze the efficiency of basic algorithms that use these ...
Computer Science
CS-337
This course involves mathematical modeling of real-world problems and the development of approaches to find optimal (or nearly optimal) solutions t...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-260
An introduction to the atmosphere and its complex dynamics on local to global scales....
Geosciences
GEOS-240
This course examines the Earth resources that humans exploit, including (but not limited to) fossil fuels, uranium, metals, water and soil, from bo...

The C.L. Herrick Geologic Society is a student-run organization dedicated to exposing students to professional opportunities in the earth sciences.

B.A., B.S.

Mathematics is a creative process, not a mechanical one. For example, the discovery of calculus was a great feat of mathematics, but applying calculus to find the acceleration of an object is not.

Mathematics
MATH-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Mathematics
MATH-400
Advanced topics in Abstract Algebra, Analysis, Geometry or Applied Math....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....

NERD is a fun club for those interested in Neuroscience Education and Research at Denison. NERD members range from the newest undergraduate students to full professors.

B.A., B.S.

Olin Hall has experimental apparatus, like tunable lasers, optical and infrared spectrometers, and ultra-high vacuum equipment. There’s also a machine shop staffed by a full-time instrument maker.

Physics
PHYS-305
A course in classical mathematical physics designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the methods and procedures of physical ana...
Physics
PHYS-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-370
An introduction to techniques of data analysis, interpretation, and presentation....
Psychology
PSYC-260
A survey of psychological and biological aspects of sexuality....

Students participate in empirical research as part of their coursework. Topics for research courses range from infancy and child development to adult development and aging—and everything in between.