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-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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-324
Every multicellular organism begins its life as a single cell....
Biology
BIOL-150
This course is the first biology course biology majors take and is not recommended for non-majors....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-400
A pass/fail course used to track all chemistry and biochemistry majors' completion of the required senior interview....

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-109
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
Computer Science
CS-111
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-362
Individual readings and laboratory work in a student's field of interest within the Geosciences....
Geosciences
GEOS-402
An advanced seminar or problem-oriented course which involves a semester-long investigation of a global perspective in such issues as ocean resourc...

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-200
(Also listed under Computer Science offerings.)...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Physics
PHYS-126
This course is designed to provide a thorough quantitative understanding of the principles of physics and its approach toward investigating natural...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-360
This course introduces students to the discipline of clinical psychology from the scientist-practitioner perspective....
Psychology
PSYC-220
The study of the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations....

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.