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-100
This course is designed primarily for the non-physics major student who wishes to better understand the nature of the universe....
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-362
A research problem (library, field, or laboratory) that provides the opportunity for the qualified student to extend his or her interest beyond the...
Biology
BIOL-321
In this course we will explore how plants interact with their environments and with other organisms, including man....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-449
An in-depth exploration of modern topics in the field of nucleic acids....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-421
An in-depth exploration of modern techniques in biochemistry research....

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-275
Graphs are mathematical structures that are used to model a great variety of phenomena ranging from the internet to social networks to phylogenetic...
Computer Science
CS-391
An introductory course in both hardware and software aspects of robotics....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-210
A survey of the geologic history of planet Earth....

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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....

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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Physics
PHYS-122
This calculus-based course is designed to provide a thorough quantitative coverage of the foundations and concepts of Physics and its approach towa...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-206
Psychology
PSYC-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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.