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-451
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
Astronomy
ASTR-100
This course is designed primarily for the non-physics major student who wishes to better understand the nature of the universe....
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-103
This course for non-majors is intended to promote scientific literacy and quantitative reasoning....
Biology
BIOL-334
This course is a comparative study of how humans and other animals perform their life-sustaining functions....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-317
This course in inorganic chemistry investigates the structural and bonding models of molecules using concepts of symmetry and molecular orbitals....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-420
This course develops and explores the methods for determining biomolecular structures: NMR spectroscopy, molecular modelling and molecular dynamics...

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-345
This course examines the fundamental programming and principles involved in parallel computing systems....
Computer Science
CS-110
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-260
An introduction to the atmosphere and its complex dynamics on local to global scales....

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-200
(Also listed under Computer Science offerings.)...
Mathematics
MATH-452
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
Neuroscience
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-201
A one semester overview of mathematics applied to physical systems, with extensive use of examples from introductory and intermediate physics....
Physics
PHYS-312
A course in the theory and practice of physical research with emphasis on the understanding and use of present-day research instrumentation....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-210
Psychological development through late childhood and preadolescence....
Psychology
PSYC-331
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in cognitive psychology. Must be taken concurrently with 330....

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.