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 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-150
This course is the first biology course biology majors take and is not recommended for non-majors....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-452
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-449
An in-depth exploration of modern topics in the field of nucleic acids....

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-377
A study of the design, implementation and application of database management systems....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-320
An introduction to geochemical principles focusing on surface processes and low temperature geochemistry....
Geosciences
GEOS-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-121
A one-semester introduction to single-variable differential and integral calculus and selected topics in multi-variable calculus....
Mathematics
MATH-122
This course will explore three major topics of mathematics: linear algebra, probability and statistics, and Markov chains....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....
Neuroscience
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....

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-245
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in physics at the intermediate level....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-251
Provides the student with research experience on problems of relevance to abnormal psychology. Must be taken concurrently with Psychology 250....
Psychology
PSYC-230
This course considers the application of psychological theory and methodology to problems of organizations and the functioning of individuals and g...

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.