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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Astronomy
ASTR-362
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
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-315
This is an introductory course in microbiology emphasizing the general structure, occurrence, habitats, and types of bacteria, viruses, and eukaryo...
Biology
BIOL-321
In this course we will explore how plants interact with their environments and with other organisms, including man....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-132
This course builds on the foundation of molecular structural and electronic properties developed in CHEM 131....

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-377
A study of the design, implementation and application of database management systems....
Computer Science
CS-119
Students meet weekly to solve a challenging programming problem. Strategies for solving problems will be discussed....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-110
The study of earth surface processes and diverse environments around the world....
Geosciences
GEOS-314
This course is an introduction to sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks....

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-357
A study of vector calculus, Fourier series, and Fourier transforms together with applications to ordinary and partial differential equations and ma...
Mathematics
MATH-210
An introduction to proof writing techniques....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-211
A course in digital and analog electronics with an emphasis on circuit design and lab work....
Physics
PHYS-362
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-220
The study of the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations....
Psychology
PSYC-311
Offers the student experience conducting research in and/or out of the learning laboratory, using a variety of methods....

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.