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 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-341
This course is a study of concepts in immunology, focusing on the cellular and molecular aspects of the immune system in humans and other animal mo...
Biology
BIOL-451
For seniors desiring to work on an advanced research problem....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-300
A pass/fail course used to track all chemistry and biochemistry majors' completion of the required third-year departmental assessment exam....
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...

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-111
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
Computer Science
CS-374
A study of regular and context-free languages with the purpose of developing theory to build scanners and parsers....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-380
This course is designed to help majors apply what they have learned throughout their undergraduate careers to a real-world issue or topic in the ge...

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-341
A study of single variable, multi-variable, and stochastic probability models with application to problems in the physical and social sciences....
Mathematics
MATH-120
Variable topics involving: mathematical methods for the Natural and Social Sciences and Mathematical Problem Solving....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....
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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Physics
PHYS-470
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic methods used to teach physics....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-370
An introduction to techniques of data analysis, interpretation, and presentation....
Psychology
PSYC-225
An examination of the relationship between the environment and psychological processes....

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.