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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-327
In this course we will explore the world of insects and their interactions with other species....
Biology
BIOL-210
This course, the first of the three-course majors core sequence, is designed to introduce students to principles of molecular and cellular biology,...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-400
A pass/fail course used to track all chemistry and biochemistry majors' completion of the required senior interview....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-212
A study of the chemistry of the atmosphere, natural water, and soils with a special focus on acid precipitation, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion,...

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-391
An introductory course in both hardware and software aspects of robotics....
Computer Science
CS-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-110
The study of earth surface processes and diverse environments around the world....
Geosciences
GEOS-222
This course is an introductin to the concepts and uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with particular application to environmental issues....

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-337
This course involves mathematical modeling of real-world problems and the development of approaches to find optimal (or nearly optimal) solutions t...
Mathematics
MATH-242
Statistics is the science of reasoning from data....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....
Neuroscience
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....

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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Physics
PHYS-312
A course in the theory and practice of physical research with emphasis on the understanding and use of present-day research instrumentation....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-451
Must have taken or be taken concurrently with Psychology 370....
Psychology
PSYC-221
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in social psychology. Must be taken concurrently with 220....

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.