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-150
This course is the first biology course biology majors take and is not recommended for non-majors....
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...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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...

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-375
A study of computer network architecture and protocols....
Computer Science
CS-375
A study of computer network architecture and protocols....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-314
This course is an introduction to sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks....
Geosciences
GEOS-210
A survey of the geologic history of planet Earth....

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-337
This course involves mathematical modeling of real-world problems and the development of approaches to find optimal (or nearly optimal) solutions t...
Mathematics
MATH-400
Advanced topics in Abstract Algebra, Analysis, Geometry or Applied Math....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
Neuroscience
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-121
This calculus-based course is designed to provide a thorough quantitative coverage of the foundations and concepts of Physics and its approach towa...
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-350
This course explores the relationships between the brain and nervous system and behavior, and includes topics ranging from neuroanatomy and pharmac...

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.