Natural Sciences
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Natural Sciences

Our division is composed of rigorous, experiential programs with cutting-edge curricula. Integrated lab components provide exceptional training in problem solving, experimental design & communication. We offer premier experiences in year-round, collaborative student-faculty research.

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The Denison planetarium was built in 1995, has a dome-shaped ceiling screen that measures 8-meters (26 feet) across, and contains a computer-controlled Zeiss ZKP3 planetarium projector.

The study of physics at Denison is distinguished by advanced laboratories, where students design and conduct individualized experiments.

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-310
This course is a comprehensive study of wetland ecology, management, and policy....
Biology
BIOL-230
Ecology and Evolution covers the fundamentals of both ecology and evolution....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-251
This course expands upon concepts in molecular structure and behavior presented in CHEM 131 and CHEM 132 and applies them to the systematic investi...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-331
A course of quantitative analytical chemistry, based on principles of chemical equilibrium and thermodynamics....

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-391
An introductory course in both hardware and software aspects of robotics....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-222
This course is an introductin to the concepts and uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with particular application to environmental issues....
Geosciences
GEOS-260
An introduction to the atmosphere and its complex dynamics on local to global scales....

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-357
After covering some important and applied Multivariable Calculus topics that were not covered in Math 124, this course will focus on Fourier Analys...
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...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
Neuroscience
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-201
A one semester overview of mathematics applied to physical systems, with extensive use of examples from introductory and intermediate physics....
Physics
PHYS-306
A course in the theory of electromagnetic interactions, including the sources and descriptions of electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equa...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-245
Psychological development from late childhood through early adulthood....
Psychology
PSYC-200
This course examines the primary research methods and data analysis procedures used by psychologists to describe, predict, and explain behavior....

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.