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-311
This course is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue experimental and/or theoretical work in one or more of the areas of Mod...
Astronomy
ASTR-362
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
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-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...
Biology
BIOL-356
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-400
A pass/fail course used to track all chemistry and biochemistry majors' completion of the required senior interview....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-251
This course expands upon concepts in molecular structure and behavior presented in CHEM 131 and CHEM 132 and applies them to the systematic investi...

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-111
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-222
This course is an introductin to the concepts and uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with particular application to environmental issues....
Geosciences
GEOS-112
Current topics include: Rare Earth - Building a Habitable Planet. What does it take to build a planet that harbors intelligent life?...

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-400
Advanced topics in Abstract Algebra, Analysis, Geometry or Applied Math....
Mathematics
MATH-361
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-499
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-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-350
This course explores the relationships between the brain and nervous system and behavior, and includes topics ranging from neuroanatomy and pharmac...
Psychology
PSYC-230
This course considers the application of psychological theory and methodology to problems of organizations and the functioning of individuals and g...

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.