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-320
In Plant Systematics students learn how major groups of vascular plants are classified, named, and identified....
Biology
BIOL-345
This course will be an in-depth examination of fundamental cellular functions, with an emphasis on how disturbances in these functions lead to dise...
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....
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-334
This course is a study of formal languages and their related automata, Turing machines, unsolvable problems and NP-complete problems....
Computer Science
CS-401
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-250
Modern geography explores the complex linkages between the natural world and the human or "built" environment....
Geosciences
GEOS-305
A systematic study of surface water pathways from rain to rivers, groundwater flow, groundwater resources and groundwater chemistry....

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
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....
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.

B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-211
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in infant and child development....
Psychology
PSYC-361

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.