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-100
This course is designed primarily for the non-physics major student who wishes to better understand the nature of the universe....
Astronomy
ASTR-452
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or 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-334
This course is a comparative study of how animals perform their life-sustaining functions....
Biology
BIOL-321
In this course we will explore how plants interact with their environments and with other organisms, including man....
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-131
This course is an introduction to the study of chemical phenomena using an "atoms-first" approach -- starting with atoms and building up ...

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-174
This course covers mathematical topics necessary for understanding concepts in computer sciences....
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-305
A systematic study of surface water pathways from rain to rivers, groundwater flow, groundwater resources and groundwater chemistry....
Geosciences
GEOS-114
Current Topics include: Climate Change - Cool Science on a Hot Topic....

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-275
Graphs are mathematical structures that are used to model a great variety of phenomena ranging from the internet to social networks to phylogenetic...
Concentration Only
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....
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.

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-305
A course in classical mathematical physics designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the methods and procedures of physical ana...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-320
Cultural psychology is an examination of the influence of cultural processes on a wide range of psychological topics, including perceiving, thinkin...
Psychology
PSYC-240
This course offers a systematic introduction to "normal" human personality and addresses both historical and contemporary approaches to t...

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.