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-361
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-103
This course for non-majors is intended to promote scientific literacy and quantitative reasoning....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-362
Laboratory (or library) research, in consultation with a member of the chemistry faculty. Offered to juniors and seniors....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-317
This course in inorganic chemistry investigates the structural and bonding models of molecules using concepts of symmetry and molecular orbitals....

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-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Geosciences
GEOS-280
A study of geologic and tectonic processes at the global scale....

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-362
Mathematics
MATH-122
This course will explore three major topics of mathematics: linear algebra, probability and statistics, and Markov chains....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-499
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
NEUR-499
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-312
A course in the theory and practice of physical research with emphasis on the understanding and use of present-day research instrumentation....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-225
An examination of the relationship between the environment and psychological processes....
Psychology
PSYC-251
Provides the student with research experience on problems of relevance to abnormal psychology. Must be taken concurrently with Psychology 250....

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.