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-452
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
Astronomy
ASTR-312
This course is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue experimental and theoretical work in one or more of the areas of Modern...
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-103
This course for non-majors is intended to promote scientific literacy and quantitative reasoning....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-317
This course in inorganic chemistry investigates the structural and bonding models of molecules using concepts of symmetry and molecular orbitals....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-258
A study of the major chemical processes and molecular species that characterize living organisms....

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-402
Topics may include Graphics, Neural Networks, Computer Graphics, Neutral Networks, Advanced Algorithms, Network Security or other subjects of curre...
Computer Science
CS-200
Occasionally, the department offers this "mini course" devoted to a particular application or programming language....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-311
Study of the deformation of the Earth's crust....
Geosciences
GEOS-361
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-275
Graphs are mathematical structures that are used to model a great variety of phenomena ranging from the internet to social networks to phylogenetic...
Mathematics
MATH-210
An introduction to proof writing techniques....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....
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-330
A first course including solutions of the Schroedinger Equation for some elementary systems, followed by an introduction to the more abstract metho...
Physics
PHYS-122
This calculus-based course is designed to provide a thorough quantitative coverage of the foundations and concepts of Physics and its approach towa...
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-362

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.