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-312
This course is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue experimental and theoretical work in one or more of the areas of Modern...
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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Computer Science
CS-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-400
A B.S. major in Geosciences must register for an approved summer field course offered by any one of a number of universities....
Geosciences
GEOS-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-200
(Also listed under Computer Science offerings.)...
Mathematics
MATH-122
This course will explore three major topics of mathematics: linear algebra, probability and statistics, and Markov chains....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
Neuroscience
NEUR-499
A general category used only in 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-201
A one semester overview of mathematics applied to physical systems, with extensive use of examples from introductory and intermediate physics....
Physics
PHYS-362
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-220
The study of the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations....

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.