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-311
This course is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue experimental and/or theoretical work in one or more of the areas of Mod...
Astronomy
ASTR-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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-309
As large and complex data sets have become more prevalent in biology, computer algorithms for analyzing the data have become critical, driving the ...
Biology
BIOL-310
This course is a comprehensive study of wetland ecology, management, and policy....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-349
Students will apply their theoretic background, together with current research ideas to solve real problems....
Computer Science
CS-174
This course covers mathematical topics necessary for understanding concepts in computer sciences....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-320
An introduction to geochemical principles focusing on surface processes and low temperature geochemistry....
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-275
Graphs are mathematical structures that are used to model a great variety of phenomena ranging from the internet to social networks to phylogenetic...
Mathematics
MATH-210
An introduction to proof writing techniques....
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-220
A study of the laws of reflection and refraction and their applications to lenses and mirrors; and a study of diffraction, interference, polarizati...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-215
This course examines the psychological development and change in adults from young adulthood through old age....
Psychology
PSYC-304
The study of significant and contemporary psychological topics and perspectives at the advanced level....

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.