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-100
This course is designed primarily for the non-physics major student who wishes to better understand the nature of the universe....
Astronomy
ASTR-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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-313
In this course we investigate the biology of vertebrates....
Biology
BIOL-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-421
An in-depth exploration of modern techniques in biochemistry research....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-451
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-271
In this course, students study a variety of data organization methods, and implement and analyze the efficiency of basic algorithms that use these ...
Computer Science
CS-119
Students meet weekly to solve a challenging programming problem. Strategies for solving problems will be discussed....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-260
An introduction to the atmosphere and its complex dynamics on local to global scales....
Geosciences
GEOS-402
An advanced seminar or problem-oriented course which involves a semester-long investigation of a global perspective in such issues as ocean resourc...

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-362
Mathematics
MATH-122
This course will explore three major topics of mathematics: linear algebra, probability and statistics, and Markov chains....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-499
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-470
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic methods used to teach physics....
Physics
PHYS-220
A study of the laws of reflection and refraction and their applications to lenses and mirrors; and a study of diffraction, interference, polarizati...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-305
This course begins with an overview of the ways in which psychoactive drugs work, including discussions of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, neur...
Psychology
PSYC-205
The study of significant and contemporary psychological topics and perspectives at the intermediate level....

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.