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-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
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-310
This course is a comprehensive study of wetland ecology, management, and policy....
Biology
BIOL-326
In this course we will explore the evolutionary relationships and histories among the major groups of plants, both terrestrial and aquatic....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-258
A study of the major chemical processes and molecular species that characterize living organisms....

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-372
A study of the principles of operating systems and the conceptual view of an operating system as a collection of concurrent processes....
Computer Science
CS-337
This course involves mathematical modeling of real-world problems and the development of approaches to find optimal (or nearly optimal) solutions t...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-270
This course will provide students with an introduction to the world's oceans....
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-242
Statistics is the science of reasoning from data....
Mathematics
MATH-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-499
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Neuroscience
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-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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,...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-246
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in adolescent development. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC 245....
Psychology
PSYC-341
This course offers experience in conducting research on sensory processes and perception....

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.