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-321
In this course we will explore how plants interact with their environments and with other organisms, including man....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-427
This course will explore the art of modern organic synthesis....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-331
A course of quantitative analytical chemistry, based on principles of chemical equilibrium and thermodynamics....

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-281
The Introduction to Computer Systems course provides a perspective into how computer systems execute programs, store information, and communicate....
Computer Science
CS-215
This course aims to enhance mathematics and computer science students' proficiency and comfort in orally communicating content in their discip...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-240
This course examines the Earth resources that humans exploit, including (but not limited to) fossil fuels, uranium, metals, water and soil, from bo...
Geosciences
GEOS-270
This course will provide students with an introduction to the world's oceans....

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-210
An introduction to proof writing techniques....
Mathematics
MATH-124
A continuation of the study of single variable calculus, together with an introduction to linear algebra and the calculus of multivariable function...
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-320
Selected topics from thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical methods. This course normally will be offered in alternate years....
Physics
PHYS-201
A one semester overview of mathematics applied to physical systems, with extensive use of examples from introductory and intermediate physics....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-231
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in organizational psychology....
Psychology
PSYC-250
This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of psychopathology....

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.