Natural Sciences
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Natural Sciences

Our division is composed of rigorous, experiential programs with cutting-edge curricula. Integrated lab components provide exceptional training in problem solving, experimental design & communication. We offer premier experiences in year-round, collaborative student-faculty research.

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The Denison planetarium was built in 1995, has a dome-shaped ceiling screen that measures 8-meters (26 feet) across, and contains a computer-controlled Zeiss ZKP3 planetarium projector.

The study of physics at Denison is distinguished by advanced laboratories, where students design and conduct individualized experiments.

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-230
Ecology and Evolution covers the fundamentals of both ecology and evolution....
Biology
BIOL-317
This course examines the remarkable environmental, physiological, and metabolic diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms (i.e., bacte...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-132
This course builds on the foundation of molecular structural and electronic properties developed in CHEM 131....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-132
This course builds on the foundation of molecular structural and electronic properties developed in CHEM 131....

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
Computation has gained a strong foothold in modern biology....
Computer Science
CS-391
An introductory course in both hardware and software aspects of robotics....
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-280
A study of geologic and tectonic processes at the global scale....

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-334
This course is a study of formal languages and their related automata, Turing machines, unsolvable problems and NP-complete problems....
Mathematics
MATH-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
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-405
A course extending the work of PHYS 305 to include the more general formulations of classical dynamics and to relate these to modern theoretical ph...
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-215
This course examines the psychological development and change in adults from young adulthood through old age....
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.