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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-325
This course provides a detailed and up-to-date understanding of genetics, an appreciation of how genetics affects our lives everyday from the super...
Biology
BIOL-336
Invertebrates constitute more than 97% of all animal species on Earth....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-361
Laboratory (or library) research, in consultation with a member of the chemistry faculty. Offered to juniors and seniors....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-343
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view....

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-300
The systematic study of earth processes and landform development in tropical, temperate, arid and polar environments....
Geosciences
GEOS-399
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-332
A rigorous analysis of the structure and properties of abstract groups, rings, fields, and vector spaces. Prerequisites: Math 210, 231....
Mathematics
MATH-124
A continuation of the study of single variable calculus, together with an introduction to linear algebra and the calculus of multivariable function...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-451
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
Physics
PHYS-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-260
A survey of psychological and biological aspects of sexuality....
Psychology
PSYC-360
This course introduces students to the discipline of clinical psychology from the scientist-practitioner perspective....

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.