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-361
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
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-343
This advanced biochemistry course will explore the metabolic fates of food molecules and how these molecules affect an individual's health and...
Biology
BIOL-321
In this course we will explore how plants interact with their environments and with other organisms, including man....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-452
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-131
This course is an introduction to the study of chemical phenomena using an "atoms-first" approach -- starting with atoms and building up ...

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-200
Each semester, the department offers a mini-seminar devoted to a particular application or programming language....
Computer Science
CS-200
Each semester, the department offers a mini-seminar devoted to a particular application or programming language....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-210
A survey of the geologic history of planet Earth....
Geosciences
GEOS-200
A broad survey of the geologic aspects of environmental issues, emphasizing human interactions with the geologic environment....

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-122
This course will explore three major topics of mathematics: linear algebra, probability and statistics, and Markov chains....
Mathematics
MATH-341
A study of single variable, multi-variable, and stochastic probability models with application to problems in the physical and social sciences....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
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.

B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Psychology
PSYC-240
This course offers a systematic introduction to "normal" human personality and addresses both historical and contemporary approaches to t...

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.