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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-312
Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles, two diverse taxonomic groups that share the characteristic of being ectothermic vertebrates....
Biology
BIOL-336
Invertebrates constitute more than 97% of all animal species on Earth....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-427
This course will explore the art of modern organic synthesis....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-446
This course will explore the chemistry and physics behind monolayers and the interfacial phenomena that control the behavior of these single molecu...

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-174
This course covers mathematical topics necessary for understanding concepts in computer sciences....
Computer Science
CS-377
A study of the design, implementation and application of database management systems....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-312
An examination of the processes that produce igneous and metamorphic rocks....
Geosciences
GEOS-311
Study of the deformation of the Earth's crust....

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-232
A course in mathematical modeling including linear and nonlinear optimization models, linear and non-linear dynamic models, and probability and sta...
Mathematics
MATH-332
A rigorous analysis of the structure and properties of abstract groups, rings, fields, and vector spaces. Prerequisites: Math 210, 231....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
Neuroscience
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....

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-406
A course extending the work of PHYS 306 to include more general boundary value problems, additional implications of Maxwell's equations, and t...
Physics
PHYS-312
A course in the theory and practice of physical research with emphasis on the understanding and use of present-day research instrumentation....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-251
Provides the student with research experience on problems of relevance to abnormal psychology. Must be taken concurrently with Psychology 250....
Psychology
PSYC-246
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in adolescent development. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC 245....

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.