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-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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-452
For seniors working on an advanced research problem....
Biology
BIOL-362
A research problem (library, field, or laboratory) that provides the opportunity for the qualified student to extend his or her interest beyond the...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-343
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-449
An in-depth exploration of modern topics in the field of nucleic acids....

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-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Computer Science
CS-403
Topics may include Graphics, Neural Networks, Computer Graphics, Neutral Networks, Advanced Algorithms, Network Security or other subjects of curre...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-280
A study of geologic and tectonic processes at the global scale....
Geosciences
GEOS-112
Current topics include: Rare Earth - Building a Habitable Planet. What does it take to build a planet that harbors intelligent life?...

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-451
Mathematics
MATH-231
A continued study of Linear Algebra with applications to linear differential equations and mathematical models in the physical and social sciences....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
Neuroscience
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....

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-199
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-362
Psychology
PSYC-315
Disability is a facet of human diversity that is often overlooked....

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.