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-451
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-380
This course builds on BIOL 202 and completes an in-depth survey of evolutionary theory with emphasis on processes that drive organismal change....
Biology
BIOL-317
This course examines the remarkable environmental, physiological, and metabolic diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms (i.e., bacte...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-449
An in-depth exploration of modern topics in the field of nucleic acids....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-452
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision....

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-119
Students meet weekly to solve a challenging programming problem. Strategies for solving problems will be discussed....
Computer Science
CS-275
Graphs are mathematical structures that are used to model a great variety of phenomena ranging from the internet to social networks to phylogenetic...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-270
This course will provide students with an introduction to the world's oceans....
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-400
Advanced topics in Abstract Algebra, Analysis, Geometry or Applied Math....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....
Neuroscience
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-452
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
Physics
PHYS-127
This course is designed to provide a thorough quantitative understanding of the principles of physics and its approach toward investigating natural...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-350
This course explores the relationships between the brain and nervous system and behavior, and includes topics ranging from neuroanatomy and pharmac...
Psychology
PSYC-370
An introduction to techniques of data analysis, interpretation, and presentation....

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.