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-311
This course is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue experimental and/or theoretical work in one or more of the areas of Mod...
Astronomy
ASTR-199
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-350
Genomics is the study of genomes, the entire collection of genetic information found in a specific organism....
Biology
BIOL-202
This course explores the fundamental biological concepts of ecology and evolution and integrates them in a study of the interactions between organi...
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....

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-371
In this course, students study in depth the design, analysis, and implementation of efficient algorithms to solve a variety of fundamental problems...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-361
Individual readings and laboratory work in a student's field of interest within the Geosciences....

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-232
A course in mathematical modeling including linear and nonlinear optimization models, linear and non-linear dynamic models, and probability and sta...
Mathematics
MATH-102
An introduction to statistical reasoning and methodology....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
Neuroscience
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....

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-312
A course in the theory and practice of physical research with emphasis on the understanding and use of present-day research instrumentation....
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-202
This course provides practical experience working in some area of applied psychology....
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.