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-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-340
In this course we study the proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective....
Biology
BIOL-325
This course provides a detailed and up-to-date understanding of genetics, an appreciation of how genetics affects our lives everyday from the super...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-212
A study of the chemistry of the atmosphere, natural water, and soils with a special focus on acid precipitation, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion,...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-451
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision....

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-173
A study of intermediate level computer science principles and programming techniques with an emphasis on abstract data types and software engineeri...
B.A., B.S.
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-232
A course in mathematical modeling including linear and nonlinear optimization models, linear and non-linear dynamic models, and probability and sta...
Mathematics
MATH-332
A rigorous analysis of the structure and properties of abstract groups, rings, fields, and vector spaces. Prerequisites: Math 210, 231....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....
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-362
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
Physics
PHYS-245
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in physics at the intermediate level....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-315
Disability is a facet of human diversity that is often overlooked....
Psychology
PSYC-360
This course introduces students to the discipline of clinical psychology from the scientist-practitioner perspective....

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.