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-324
Every multicellular organism begins its life as a single cell....
Biology
BIOL-349
We will use neurophysiology and neuroanatomy to understand the links between molecules, cells, systems, and ultimately behavior....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-427
This course will explore the art of modern organic synthesis....
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-112
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
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 ...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-314
This course is an introduction to sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks....
Geosciences
GEOS-305
A systematic study of surface water pathways from rain to rivers, groundwater flow, groundwater resources and groundwater chemistry....

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-231
A continued study of Linear Algebra with applications to linear differential equations and mathematical models in the physical and social sciences....
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-121
This calculus-based course is designed to provide a thorough quantitative coverage of the foundations and concepts of Physics and its approach towa...
Physics
PHYS-330
A first course including solutions of the Schroedinger Equation for some elementary systems, followed by an introduction to the more abstract metho...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-331
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in cognitive psychology. Must be taken concurrently with 330....
Psychology
PSYC-226
Provides the student with experience in conducting field research....

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.