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-452
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
Astronomy
ASTR-312
This course is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue experimental and theoretical work in one or more of the areas of Modern...
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-317
This course examines the remarkable environmental, physiological, and metabolic diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms (i.e., bacte...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-449
An in-depth exploration of modern topics in the field of nucleic acids....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-449
An in-depth exploration of modern topics in the field of nucleic acids....

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-380
This course is designed to help majors apply what they have learned throughout their undergraduate careers to a real-world issue or topic in the ge...
Geosciences
GEOS-362
Individual readings and laboratory work in a student's field of interest within the Geosciences....

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-332
A rigorous analysis of the structure and properties of abstract groups, rings, fields, and vector spaces. Prerequisites: Math 210, 231....
Mathematics
MATH-332
A rigorous analysis of the structure and properties of abstract groups, rings, fields, and vector spaces. Prerequisites: Math 210, 231....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
Neuroscience
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....

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-361
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
Physics
PHYS-405
A course extending the work of PHYS 305 to include the more general formulations of classical dynamics and to relate these to modern theoretical ph...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-315
Disability is a facet of human diversity that is often overlooked....
Psychology
PSYC-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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.