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Course and laboratory work in astronomy explores the physical and observational background of such topics as the history of astronomy, naked eye observations, the planets and moons, the origin of the solar system, stellar classification, stellar evolution, galactic astronomy, and cosmology, with an emphasis on the quantitative nature of modern astronomy.
Denison's Department of Biology gives students a broad exposure to and understanding of the natural world, and provides a solid preparation for graduate and professional schools. Our graduates pursue successful careers in education, research, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical and nutritional fields, forest and park services, and conservation.
The chemistry and biochemistry curriculum is designed to teach students how to deal effectively with a world increasingly dominated by the ideas and methods of modern science. Denison students and faculty enjoy a unique environment for active learning throughout the year—small classes, excellent laboratory and library facilities, and top-level instrumentation and computer resources.
Computer scientists study the inherent complexity of computational problems, and design efficient algorithms to solve them. At Denison, we emphasize the enduring core principles of computer science, and how they can be applied to a vast array of interdisciplinary problems in the natural and social sciences, and the arts.
The Geosciences program at Denison provides a comprehensive geoscience undergraduate education through the combination of classroom, laboratory and field experiences. Our small classes promote close faculty-student cooperation and a sense of camaraderie. Students gain a strong sense of real-world geology, earth resources, and land use through frequent field trips.
At Denison, you will initially continue your high school Calculus education, but you will quickly be exposed to some of the more fascinating questions that really excite mathematicians. Mathematics is the study of abstraction. Mathematicians search for similar patterns in seemingly different settings and then strive to communicate those patterns precisely. Mathematics is a creative process, not a mechanical one.
The neuroscience concentration at Denison is designed to offer students an interdisciplinary perspective on the nervous system and behavior, and an opportunity to obtain a diverse focus that both compliments and broadens the more narrowly-defined major. Majors in biology, chemistry, psychology, and computer science would be likely candidates to follow this interdisciplinary approach.
The study of physics at Denison is distinguished by advanced laboratories, where students design and conduct individualized experiments; and by student participation in internationally recognized research with our faculty; and by a strong foundation in both physics and the liberal arts to best prepare students for a wide range of opportunities.
The psychology faculty at Denison are actively involved in exploring various aspects of human and animal functioning through their own research, and an important component of a student’s training at Denison is direct involvement in psychological research. Denison students also gain experience in applied psychology through the department’s Field Experience course, through the Organizational Studies program, or through individual work with faculty members.