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-334
This course is a comparative study of how humans and other animals perform their life-sustaining functions....
Biology
BIOL-336
Invertebrates constitute more than 97% of all animal species on Earth....
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-427
This course will explore the art of modern organic synthesis....

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-109
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
Computer Science
CS-271
In this course, students study a variety of data organization methods, and implement and analyze the efficiency of basic algorithms that use these ...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-200
A broad survey of the geologic aspects of environmental issues, emphasizing human interactions with the geologic environment....
Geosciences
GEOS-111
An introduction to the study of the Earth: how it formed, how it evolved, how Earth systems interact to produce the environment in which we live, h...

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-331
In this course, we will study counting techniques for discrete collections of objects....
Mathematics
MATH-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
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-125
This course is designed for first-year students who intend to major in physics or pre-engineering....
Physics
PHYS-126
This course is designed to provide a thorough quantitative understanding of the principles of physics and its approach toward investigating natural...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-350
This course explores the relationships between the brain and nervous system and behavior, and includes topics ranging from neuroanatomy and pharmac...
Psychology
PSYC-370
An introduction to techniques of data analysis, interpretation, and presentation....

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.