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.

Minor
Astronomy
ASTR-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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 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-315
This is an introductory course in microbiology emphasizing the general structure, occurrence, habitats, and types of bacteria, viruses, and eukaryo...
Biology
BIOL-316
Virology is a course that will examine the diversity of plant, animal, and bacterial viruses....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-420
This course develops and explores the methods for determining biomolecular structures: NMR spectroscopy, molecular modelling and molecular dynamics...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-399
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-309
Computation has gained a strong foothold in modern biology....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-362
Individual readings and laboratory work in a student's field of interest within the Geosciences....
Geosciences
GEOS-223
This course is intended to give the student experience with advanced GIS applications....

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-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Mathematics
MATH-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....
Neuroscience
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....

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-201
A one semester overview of mathematics applied to physical systems, with extensive use of examples from introductory and intermediate physics....
Physics
PHYS-330
A first course including solutions of the Schroedinger Equation for some elementary systems, followed by an introduction to the more abstract metho...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-220
The study of the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations....
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.