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-399
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-317
This course examines the remarkable environmental, physiological, and metabolic diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms (i.e., bacte...
Biology
BIOL-300
A pass/fail course used to track all biology majors' completion of the required assessment exam covering the Biology core....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-421
An in-depth exploration of modern techniques in biochemistry research....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-421
An in-depth exploration of modern techniques in biochemistry research....

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-309
As large and complex data sets have become more prevalent in biology, computer algorithms for analyzing the data have become critical, driving the ...
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-320
An introduction to geochemical principles focusing on surface processes and low temperature geochemistry....
Geosciences
GEOS-314
This course is an introduction to sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks....

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-102
An introduction to statistical reasoning and methodology....
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-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of 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-100
Designed principally for students not contemplating a major in the sciences, but who nevertheless wish to develop their ability to figure things ou...
Physics
PHYS-452
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-200
This course examines the primary research methods and data analysis procedures used by psychologists to describe, predict, and explain behavior....
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.