Natural Sciences
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Natural Sciences

Our division is composed of rigorous, experiential programs with cutting-edge curricula. Integrated lab components provide exceptional training in problem solving, experimental design & communication. We offer premier experiences in year-round, collaborative student-faculty research.

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The Denison planetarium was built in 1995, has a dome-shaped ceiling screen that measures 8-meters (26 feet) across, and contains a computer-controlled Zeiss ZKP3 planetarium projector.

The study of physics at Denison is distinguished by advanced laboratories, where students design and conduct individualized experiments.

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-341
This course is a study of concepts in immunology, focusing on the cellular and molecular aspects of the immune system in humans and other animal mo...
Biology
BIOL-340
In this course we study the proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-343
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-212
A study of the chemistry of the atmosphere, natural water, and soils with a special focus on acid precipitation, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion,...

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-391
An introductory course in both hardware and software aspects of robotics....
Computer Science
CS-349
Students will apply their theoretic background, together with current research ideas to solve real problems....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-402
An advanced seminar or problem-oriented course which involves a semester-long investigation of a global perspective in such issues as ocean resourc...
Geosciences
GEOS-252
A regional geographic study of North America, focusing on climate, landforms, and natural resources as they relate to patterns of human settlement,...

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-329
An introduction to complex numbers, analytic functions, derivatives, singularities, integrals, Taylor series, Laurent Series, conformal mappings, r...
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
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
Neuroscience
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....

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-330
A first course including solutions of the Schroedinger Equation for some elementary systems, followed by an introduction to the more abstract metho...
Physics
PHYS-330
A first course including solutions of the Schroedinger Equation for some elementary systems, followed by an introduction to the more abstract metho...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-270
The field of health psychology investigates the relationship between health, mental processes and behavior....
Psychology
PSYC-330
This course examines how people acquire, remember, and use knowledge....

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.