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-341
This course is a study of concepts in immunology, focusing on the cellular and molecular aspects of the immune system in humans and other animal mo...
Biology
BIOL-334
This course is a comparative study of how humans and other animals perform their life-sustaining functions....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-420
This course develops and explores the methods for determining biomolecular structures: NMR spectroscopy, molecular modelling and molecular dynamics...
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-377
A study of the design, implementation and application of database management systems....
Computer Science
CS-375
A study of computer network architecture and protocols....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-320
An introduction to geochemical principles focusing on surface processes and low temperature geochemistry....
Geosciences
GEOS-200
A broad survey of the geologic aspects of environmental issues, emphasizing human interactions with the geologic environment....

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-242
Statistics is the science of reasoning from data....
Mathematics
MATH-337
This course involves mathematical modeling of real-world problems and the development of approaches to find optimal (or nearly optimal) solutions t...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
Neuroscience
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....

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-320
Selected topics from thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical methods. This course normally will be offered in alternate years....
Physics
PHYS-330
A first course including solutions of the Schroedinger Equation for some elementary systems, followed by an introduction to the more abstract metho...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-315
Disability is a facet of human diversity that is often overlooked....
Psychology
PSYC-260
A survey of psychological and biological aspects of sexuality....

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.