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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Astronomy
ASTR-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-361
Laboratory (or library) research, in consultation with a member of the chemistry faculty. Offered to juniors and seniors....

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-215
This course aims to enhance mathematics and computer science students' proficiency and comfort in orally communicating content in their discip...
B.A., B.S.
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....
Geosciences
GEOS-110
The study of earth surface processes and diverse environments around the world....

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-120
Variable topics involving: mathematical methods for the Natural and Social Sciences and Mathematical Problem Solving....
Mathematics
MATH-451
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-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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-216
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in adult development. Must be taken concurrently with 215....
Psychology
PSYC-301
This course reviews psychological research and theories on women....

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.