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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Astronomy
ASTR-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-350
Genomics is the study of genomes, the entire collection of genetic information found in a specific organism....
Biology
BIOL-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-331
A course of quantitative analytical chemistry, based on principles of chemical equilibrium and thermodynamics....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-421
An in-depth exploration of modern techniques in biochemistry research....

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-374
A study of regular and context-free languages with the purpose of developing theory to build scanners and parsers....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Geosciences
GEOS-280
A study of geologic and tectonic processes at the global scale....

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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Mathematics
MATH-357
A study of vector calculus, Fourier series, and Fourier transforms together with applications to ordinary and partial differential equations and ma...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
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-305
A course in classical mathematical physics designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the methods and procedures of physical ana...
Physics
PHYS-400
Current topics in physics. May be repeated. (Spring Semester)...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-300
Seminars are designed for majors in special areas within Psychology. Content will vary with staff and student interest....
Psychology
PSYC-301
This course reviews psychological research and theories on women....

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.