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-340
In this course we study the proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective....
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-132
This course builds on the foundation of molecular structural and electronic properties developed in CHEM 131....
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-345
This course examines the fundamental programming and principles involved in parallel computing systems....
Computer Science
CS-373
A systematic examination of programming language features independent of a particular language....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-314
This course is an introduction to sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks....
Geosciences
GEOS-311
Study of the deformation of the Earth's crust....

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-337
This course involves mathematical modeling of real-world problems and the development of approaches to find optimal (or nearly optimal) solutions t...
Mathematics
MATH-331
In this course, we will study counting techniques for discrete collections of objects....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
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-201
A one semester overview of mathematics applied to physical systems, with extensive use of examples from introductory and intermediate physics....
Physics
PHYS-305
A course in classical mathematical physics designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the methods and procedures of physical ana...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-330
This course examines how people acquire, remember, and use knowledge....
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.