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-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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-300
A pass/fail course used to track all biology majors' completion of the required assessment exam covering the Biology core....
Biology
BIOL-309
As large and complex data sets have become more prevalent in biology, computer algorithms for analyzing the data have become critical, driving the ...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-446
This course will explore the chemistry and physics behind monolayers and the interfacial phenomena that control the behavior of these single molecu...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-343
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view....

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-109
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
Computer Science
CS-271
In this course, students study a variety of data organization methods, and implement and analyze the efficiency of basic algorithms that use these ...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-314
This course is an introduction to sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks....
Geosciences
GEOS-400
A B.S. major in Geosciences must register for an approved summer field course offered by any one of a number of universities....

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-232
A course in mathematical modeling including linear and nonlinear optimization models, linear and non-linear dynamic models, and probability and sta...
Mathematics
MATH-123
An accelerated introduction to the calculus of single variable functions....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-499
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-345
Topics will be chosen according to the interests of the staff member offering the course from such areas as energy, the solid state, laser physics,...
Physics
PHYS-361
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
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.